Jockey Jarrad Noske labelled his win on Talent Show in yesterday's Golden River Developments Perth Cup as the finest moment of his young career, trumping his two wins on superstar Black Caviar.
Noske's stint as an apprentice with Caulfield trainer Peter Moody in 2009 led him to become a part of racing folklore when he steered Black Caviar to victory at her first two starts.
But the 20-year-old was on an immeasurable high after winning the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) on rank outsider Talent Show.
The win vindicated Noske's decision to ride Talent Show 1kg over her allotted handicap of 53kg.
Noske, who has struggled with weight in the past, adopted a strict diet and exercise regime to ride Maschino at 53kg in the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) in November.
But he opted to ride Talent Show at 54kg to maintain his strength, a trademark of his riding.
"It wasn't that bad making the weight," Noske said. "I just wanted to be strong. On 53 I wouldn't have been as strong and it worked out anyway.
"It's a bigger thrill winning a hometown cup than winning on Black Caviar.
"Everything was just working out so good (in the race). She got a bit cluttered up but I just couldn't believe she was travelling so well going into it.
"I didn't know she was going to let down that well but she had such a good turn of foot."
Noske showed great patience on Talent Show to work his way through the field after the mare was fourth last on the home turn.
Under vigorous riding, Talent Show burst through on the inside of runner-up Mr Moet to win by three-quarters of a length.
Noske said he was hoping the win was a sign of positive things to come in 2013.
"It's a good start to the new year," Noske said. "This year I just hope to ride as many winners as possible."
However, those plans were put on hold by the stewards last night, who suspended the jockey for 18 days for careless riding.
Noske pleaded guilty to causing interference to Moonlight Bay at the 225m in the cup and will start his ban after Sunday's meeting at Pinjarra.
Noske was hot property as an apprentice but his career has been struck down at times by injuries, suspensions and weight problems.
He has turned the corner recently, riding his first metropolitan treble as a senior rider at Ascot in November, highlighted by the RJ Peters Stakes on Maschino.
Noske's father, Jeff, also struggled with weight in his career which featured wins in the WATC Derby and a Kalgoorlie cups treble.
Another member of the Noske family has arrived on the scene recently with Jarrad's sister, Jerry, starting her career riding at trials in November.
·Apprentice Jordan Mallyon was found guilty of careless riding aboard Malaika in race two yesterday and suspended for 19 days.
"It's a bigger thrill winning a hometown cup than winning on Black Caviar.""Perth Cup-winning jockey *Jarrad Noske *