Full Noise and Brent Barclay make a winning debut at Ascot Park. Photo: Wild Range Photography.
Against all ages, two-year-old trotters on debut seldom look as professional as Full Noise did in the hands of Brent Barclay at Invercargill this afternoon.
From one on the second line in the 2700-metre stand-start trot, the juvenile raced in midfield early, sat parked from the 1200 and won untouched by three-quarters of a length from the Temuka visitor Superfast Ninja.
“He's a natural,” said Barclay, who has driven the Majestic Son gelding in all of his preparatory runs.
“He's never put a foot wrong; it was a big learning curve for him today but he handled it well.
“He still needs to develop a bit more speed but he's got a big future.”
Today's stake for winning was not only enough to ensure Full Noise will appear on the leaderboard for the 2YO Ruby at the Jewels when it is next updated, but he will be well inside the top 12.
His trainer Brett Gray intends taking Smokey Mac north for the 4YO Ruby, a race for which he sits second on the leaderboard.
However, he was reluctant to comment on the possibility Full Noise might accompany him.
“We'll let the emotions settle down first,” Gray said.
“I've let the horse tell the story so far.
“He's been a dream - done everything right, been phenomenal at workouts and trials, let us know he was ready to race and he'll let us know what's best for him next.”
Full Noise was bred and is raced by Baynes Racing Ltd, comprising Kenny Baynes and his sister-in-law Penny, who is married to John Baynes.
Kenny and John are sons of the late Colin Baynes, a legend in the south who died in 2015.
Colin bred Knapdale Girl, the dam of Full Noise, and in 2010 trained her in partnership with Robin Swain to also win on debut, but as a four-year-old.
The win of Full Noise was one of two on the day for Barclay, who also piloted three-year-old pacer Dangerous to a maiden victory for trainers John Cox and Tracie McGrannachan.