Noisy Ocean colours provide link with past
THE colours to be carried by Noisy Ocean in the $150,000 GDSC Grafton Cup today trace back to trainer Bryan Guy's late father.
Ray Guy, who passed away in 1992, trained numerous good gallopers like Itchy Feet and Trench Digger in the 1970s for Sydney-based owner Peter Hill.
Those horses carried the light blue with brown sleeves that will be worn today by jockey Jim Byrne aboard Noisy Ocean.
"Dad trained a heap of horses for Peter (Hill)," Bryan Guy said.
When Hill died the colours were used by close friend Fred Morgan until he retired and they then lay dormant until Guy received a call.
"I hadn't spoken to Fred for many, many years until one day he rang me out of the blue," Guy said.
"He said his son (Peter Simpson-Morgan) was interested in getting into some horses and asked if I'd go to the yearling sales and try and buy something for him."
Guy selected two horses initially, Noisy Ocean and Florida Fellow. He paid $15,000 for Noisy Ocean which has since won eight races and $548,650 prizemoney. Florida Fellow has won 10 for $132,550.
When Simpson-Morgan began racing his horses his father allowed him to use the same colours worn by the gallopers of yesteryear.
Noisy Ocean struck form with a dashing second to Brave Ali in the Ipswich Cup (2150m) on June 14 before switching back to 1400m and winning at the Gold Coast on June 28. "Noisy Ocean is terrific," Guy said. "I couldn't be happier with him and how he's going.
"Jim Byrne knows how to ride him and hopefully he can put him to sleep in a cosy possie not too far off them and get the chance to have a crack at them."