Noble savours Australian breakthrough Mon, 19 Jun 2017

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Lance Noble is hoping his breakthrough Australian success with Save The Date will earn the filly a black-type start.

The Karaka trainer celebrated his first winner across the Tasman when the daughter of Savabeel was successful over 1400 metres at the Sunshine Coast yesterday.

“It was a big thrill," he said. "I’ve had a few placings before, and success when I was with Roger (James), but that was my first one training on my own account.

“Brendan and Jo Lindsay came over as well, so it was a great result all round.”

Noble accepted the role last year as the Lindsays' private trainer after periods in partnership with Jim Gibbs and James before striking out on his own 17 years ago.

He now has an anxious wait to see if Save The Date’s win will book her place in the Gr. 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas on July 1.

“I’m not sure if she’s got enough prize-money to get in the Guineas, but at least she’s given herself a chance now,” Noble said. “She’s come through the race very well and ate everything up last night.

“Even if she didn’t get in the Guineas, there are other options over here for her. She was quite fresh before the race, so she is still on an upward plane.”

Save The Date returned from a break in the autumn to post runner-up finishes at Avondale and Pukekohe Park before her Queensland campaign.

“After her next run we’ll probably leave her over here for a month before we bring her home,” Noble said. “This trip will be the making of her and she’ll get over a bit more ground later on as well.”