Man Booker Takes Out WA Guineas

An outstanding ride from Jerry Noske has helped Man Booker record the biggest win of his racing career to date in the 2015 Western Australian Guineas at Ascot this afternoon.

Man Booker was settled just behind the speed by Noske in the early stages of the Western Australian Guineas and she outrode Craig Williams in the final 300 metres to take out the Group 2 event from Spirit Bird, while a number of the leading chances were settled too far back and was never able to get into the race.

Noske has partnered Man Booker in all six of his race starts to date and trainer Daniel Morton said that the talented hoop always produces for his stable in pressure situations like the Western Australian Guineas.

“That was a thrill,” Morton said.

“Jerry in big moments she has just ridden perfect races for me time and time again and I was happy to have her on.

“I was wrapped with mine and I thought they were both over the odds and I couldn’t be happier with their preps coming into the race.

“They are tough races and they are bloody hard to win, but I was happy with them coming in.

“He has been a really nice horse all the way through and he is doing it at the highest level now.

Noske admitted after the race that she thought she would be able to settle Man Booker closer to the speed in the early stages of the Western Australian Guineas, but she was thrilled with the way that the Discorsi gelding towed her into the race and she was clearly delighted to record the biggest win of her racing career to date.

“That was awesome,” Noske said.

“It is great to get the opportunities now.

“I thought that I would be a lot closer, but he didn’t want to be and I just kept him happy.

“He just towed me to the line and it is good when you are on a fast run.

“I have ridden him since it was his first time in and it helps a lot.”

He’s Our Rokkii was the only eastern state-based horse in the Western Australian Guineas field and he made up good ground late, but he was settled far too far back by jockey Damian Lane and he was never a winning chance, while the likes of Arcadia Dream never got into the race.

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