Jerry Noske in winning treble

Jerry Noske had her best day in racing with a winning treble at the mid week meeting at Belmont on May 22 while female trainers won the majority of the races.

Noske’s run started in the second race when the diminutive apprentice landed Little Grey Teapot a narrow winner for trainer Meaghan Dwyer-Davies.

The pale grey’s third race success came after an absence of 902 days from the winners circle. In a slugging finish Little Grey Teapot prevailed by a short half head over Gaps In My Knees who fought back after it looked as if it was going to be comfortably mowed down.

Little Grey Teapot won her two earlier races in March and December 2010, both at Pinjarra. In the same year (October-November) she ran second on three consecutive occasions, two of them at Ascot.

At this stage ‘a strapper’ called William Pike must have been feeling decidedly miserable. The suspended top jockey had seen two of his mounts land the chocolates in the first two races.

His partner Jessica Valas landed her first win as a trainer, from her first attempt, when Shaun O’Donnell picked up the ride on Air Colorado and the pick-up specialist scored narrowly.

Valas, with a wicked smile, said after the race that because “Willie had done such a great job of strapping I can’t take that job away from him.”

Personally I reckon that the doyen of strappers, Vic Humann, will see off the Pike challenge very quickly on ‘his turf.’ Pike is out of his class with the Sage of the Stalls!

Actually the Noske clan was a bit unlucky not to claim half the races as in the first race Jarrad ‘Rodin’ Noske, on Charliebegood, went down to Air Colorado by only a short neck.

Readers might recall me writing on ‘Rodin’ last November after he had landed a treble (see Oz Racing, Cracking Good Times from Ascot, 17/11/12) and I believe he is the reason that there is now a steward up near the judge’s box.

Don’t believe any of the other unfounded rumours regarding the placement of stewards. No, it dates back to mid November at Ascot when I broke the story about ‘Rodin’, under the stewards tower, receiving a kiss from a delightful long legged brunette in a short mini.

Not since Rodin’s famous sculpture, The Kiss, in 1889, has there been such smooching and this is why the stewards are taking a wide angle view from upstairs.

Another Racing scoop revealed!

Anyway, back to Jerry.

It got even tighter for her in the third race when she combined with trainer Robin Lockwood to win with Grand Vision by half a head.

Noske had to fight off challenges, on the pacemaker, from Trade Down and Credo all the way down the home straight.

As for her third win well it was the tightest of all-a dead heat on the Lindsey Smith trained Princess Caraboo.

Again Noske had to hold on as Aleskya (William White) came with a late rush to share the honours. That gave trainer Tiarnna Robertson her first win in town to go with Aleskya’s maiden win at Pinjarra on November 21 last year.

Lindsey Smith claimed after the race he put Jerry on because of his own lack of form. “After her double I thought I would slow her up, my touch was the dead heat as without me she would have won by two lengths.”

I think Lindsey needs to lighten up a bit in his post race comments-he is too serious!

Jayne Busslinger completed the ladies touch to the day when her grey, Ghost Trader, piloted by Jason Whiting, won the last from the veteran pair Redford and Danny Miller.

The win gave ‘The Fish’ a double as the jockey had been successful earlier on the John Price trained galloper Bawcatme.

Neville Parnham completed a quinella, in the fourth, with World Domination (Steven Parnham) and Fabulistic (Chris Parnham) and in the process went to a one point lead on the trainers premiership table over Adam Durrant (40-39).

Not to be outdone Chris Parnham won with Park Lane later in the next race for trainer Cliff Smith.


I used to refer to race caller Darren McAullay as GT and I still do.

It once stood for Golden Tonsils but it now stands for Globe Trotter.

Dubai, Kentucky and Singapore have been his latest destinations so not only is he a good doer, when it comes to food, but also a man for all destinations.

I think Big Mac’s latest mission is to improve the food selection at the races. This is probably why he is interested in three legged chickens-more drumsticks.

Apparently when GT was in Ol’ Kentuck’ for the recent Derby, won by Orb (another name for breast), one of his squillionaire American friends told him about these birds.

Maybe Darren was either jet lagged or had imbibed on too many Mint Juleps but these are the type of conversations we get from him, in the press box, between races.

He hasn’t been the same since the silver service was cut off to the Eagles Lair (broadcasting box) as part of the PR economy drive.

I know Wesley John is worried about him and it showed in his interview with Perc the Punter (criminal lawyer and racehorse owner, Tom Percy QC, to you) after Bawcatme won.

The Big Fella is gearing up for the federal election so he is clearly showing an interest in Psephology.

Wes dug out of our local Rumpole the fact that he (Percy) had recently won the lawyer of the year award.

Just how an old Leftie like Perc could win a silvertail award is interesting and Wes should have explored that by some hard hitting questions that put the silk on the back foot.

Anyway, I can reveal that Perc the Punter won with the ‘Porridge’ or Ronnie Barker vote. The Bar is trying to be inclusive thus extending the franchise to its less fortunate clients in an effort to ensure it is socially, politically and culturally sensitive.

Perc is a legend in the suburbs of Casuarina and Woorooloo and it was postal voting from those locations that put him over the top.

So no radish for Wes instead he gets the Cameron Highlander- Breaker Morant award.

Time for me to shoot through too!