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Putting the writing on the wall with an eye-catching second at Sandown last month, imported galloper Extra Noble was able to go one better at that same track on Wednesday, racing away to an impressive victory in the Browns Handicap.

Having only his second run since March, the lightly raced five-year-old jumped so well from an outside gate that he was able to slide across to sit off the leader - always travelling well for Jake Bayliss.

Giving a kick early in the straight, Extra Noble was always going to hold off the late challengers and on line he had a soft 3/4 length on his rivals.

"It was a very good ride," Michael Moroney said.

"He flew the gates so he (Jake) used his brains and let him go forward. He ended up having a nice run and he was really strong to the line."

It was cause for celebration for Bayliss, his 100th career win - "it has been a goal of mine and it is great to achieve it," he enthused.

Injured at three whilst being aimed at Royal Ascot, Extra Noble is a horse who has always shown above average ability with Moroney noting that "he looked like being a Group horse over there so hopefully he can get to that level here."

A Tattersalls October Sale yearling purchase for Paul Moroney, Extra Noble is a son of the Epsom Derby winner Sir Percy and the Peintre Celebre mare La Peinture from the family of Group One winners Lady Marian, Lomitas and Lavirco.

[02 Sep 15]

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