Cameron Noble Q & A
Cameron Noble was kind enough to sit down and talk us through his career to date, along with a few pointers to the future. Despite only being 18, Cam is employed in one of the biggest yards in the country at Roger Varians and has already spent a winter in the UAE, regularly riding at some of the biggest tracks in the world including Meydan. He has notched up 14 winners to date in the UK and we believe he can progress to become one of the rising stars of the weighing room this season.
You are currently working for Roger Varian, do you ride out for any other trainers in the mornings?
I am in fact employed full time by Roger Varian whom I ride out for every morning – it’s a fantastic team to be part of. At the moment I haven’t been riding out for anyone else but I’m keen to get my name about and would be willing to ride out for any trainers who would like me to come in a couple of times a week.
Can you tell us about the best horse you’ve ridden at home?
I have ridden the likes of Realtra (Cam will gladly take the credit for the finishing touches he did on Realtra before her success on Good Friday!), Belardo and also rode Steps at Doncaster before he unfortunately passed away. Still yet to have a spin on board Postponed!
You had great success over the winter in the UAE, can you tell us how this came about and how the experience was overall?
Yes I had a brilliant time in the UAE where I was based with Satish Seemar. The job came about through James Doyle as he knows the assistant trainer (Buphat Seemar) who at the time was looking for an apprentice for the UAE season. Luckily James put my name forward and it all went on from there. As an overall experience it was invaluable to developing me as a rider and as a person. Riding at tracks like Meydan, Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi was a great experience. The amount of opportunities I was given was incredible; it was a quiet day at the races if I had less than 4 rides at a meeting of which there were usually 4-5 meetings per week. Something I couldn’t have imagined. So one thing I definitely got was riding experience. And, as a bonus I managed to pick up a few winners aswell!
Do you think it is something you will hope to repeat next winter?
Yes it’s definitely something I would do again if given the opportunity.
Looking ahead to this season, do you see yourself riding predominantly for the boss, Roger Varian? Or do you hope to get lots of outside rides as well?
Looking to the season ahead I wish to ride for as many trainers as possible and will hopefully be a valuable asset to my boss, Roger Varian. We have plenty of horses in the yard this year so hopefully opportunities will come.
In regards to your career to date, who would you say you have learned from the most?
I think it’d be unfair to say who’s helped me the most as there are so many people that have helped me, but of course riding out with Andrea here at Rogers and Richard Mullen at Satish’s has been a great help.
Part of your success last season included getting a few rides for Saeed Bin Suroor at Godolphin, is this something you can see happening again this season?
Yes I had a few rides for SBS last season and I’m hoping I can be of use to them again this season. I’d say my main partnership last season was with the trainer David Loughnane of whom I rode 7 winners for, 5 of which were on the same horse Seamster.
What would be your hobbies outside of racing?
I don’t get a lot of time for hobbies but I enjoy running and I’ve started playing a bit of golf.
And finally, a couple of horses to follow for this season.
I’d say a colt called Gibbs Hill trained by Roger Varian and owned by Paul Smith. I think he will progress well this year. And a two year old called Flavius Titius which is also trained by Roger Varian and owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid. I think he is of good quality.