Former Country Championships star Noble Boy has a new home and is primed to make his first appearance in 2021 at Randwick this weekend.
The talented gelding will line up in Saturday’s Bob Charley AO Stakes (1100m) under the care of new trainer Theresa Bateup.
Bateup is the third trainer of Noble Boy’s career.
Noble Boy started his career with Todd Blowes and won the 2019 edition of the Country Championships to provide the trainer with the best win of his career.
He was transferred to Clare Cunningham at the beginning of 2020, winning last year’s Listed Winter Stakes while with the Warwick Farm conditioner.
Welcome back to the winners circle Noble Boy! @ClareCRacing's gelding was given another smart ride from Jason Collett to salute in the Listed Winter Stakes as the in-form hoop brings up a treble 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/M4Ig0mNC4B
Bateup was contacted to take over the training duties of the son of Bon Hoffa earlier this year and admits she’s still learning about the six-year-old ahead of his debut for the stable.
“Obviously we don’t know him inside out and everyone you run into ask is he sore? We’ve had no issues,” Bateup said.
“His owner said if you don’t think he is up to it, we will retire him but he appears to be doing fine.
“Andrew (Adkins) came down and rode him in a trial and he had a track gallop the other day at Kembla. He seems to be enjoying himself.”
Noble Boy won his only trial in the lead up to his return at Kembla Grange over 800m.
Andrew Adkins will ride Noble Boy. Photo: AAP Image/Mark EvansSource:AAP
Andrew Adkins travelled to Kembla to pilot the gelding and will partner Noble Boy in Saturday’s $150,000 feature.
Bateup is keeping her expectations in check ahead of Noble Boy’s first run since November 28 last year.
“The 1100m is probably short of his ideal distance but there are not many races around you can run him in,” Bateup said.
“It‘s a kick off point and we’ve got a tentative plan to head towards the Ramornie at Grafton but we want to see him go out there and do it first.”
A competitive list of 18 horses have been nominated for the Bob Charley AO Stakes.
Originally published asFormer country star set to debut for new yard
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