Progression is a brilliant thing for any apprentice jockey and for Cameron Noble it led to a first win in the Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars competition when the 2019 series got underway at Doncaster.
Third on his only ride in 2017 and second when he had just a solitary ride in the series last season, Noble marked the start of this year’s competition with a winner on the Ian Williams-trained Central City.
It was a cool ride from Noble, who was out the back for most of the way as former Future Stars series winner Gary Mahon set a blazing gallop on Staplegrove and as they reached the four furlong marker, Central City still had most of the field ahead of him.
Up front, Seamus Cronin had moved Apache Blaze in first-time cheek pieces to challenge for the lead, but no sooner had she gone on than Central City, who was not lacking for fitness after a couple of wins on the all-weather, began to pick up ground hand over fist and came to join her a furlong out.
The two drew clear in the closing stages with Central City a comfortable winner from Apache Blaze with the favourite Consultant and William Carver taking third place.
The big challenge for Noble now will be to improve still further on the previous two years by having more rides in the series. If he does, he is likely to be a big player for the prize worth £2,000 that is on offer.
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