5 March 2012 - David Aiken’s debutante No No No No No created plenty of interest winning its first race start at Bendigo’s Lord’s Raceway today.
Starting the short priced $1.60 favourite, No No No No No led from start to finish to win the Alabar Bloodstock 3yo Pace (2150m). But, you could almost hear the No No No No No cry coming from punters in TAB's around the country that took the short odds as $58.80 long shot Glasscutterspirit (Doc Wilson) drew alongside the favourite with 100 metres to race. For a fleeting moment the outsider looked likely to surge to the lead and win. However, No No No No No dug deep in the race to the finish and Aiken was able to steer the popular elect home to a half neck victory over Glasscutterspirit with Mosquito Master (Neil MCCallum) a $146.00 hope rounding out the top three finishers.
No No No No No was the talk of Lord’s Raceway before he stepped out onto the track and he is likely to develop a bit of a cult following, particularly if he keeps on winning. Most people would immediately assume that No No No No No was named after television’s Vicar of Dibley character Jim Trott (Trevor Peacock) who precedes almost every sentence with No No No No No - Yes. But trainer Aiken revealed today that the owner of the P Forty Seven 3yo gelding is a diehard Rugby League fan and actually gave the horse the name after years of listening religiously to one of the footy code’s commentators, Phil “Gus” Gould. The TV commentator is renowned for emphatically declaring No, No, No, No, No! when he thinks something is wrong or is about to go wrong. There is even a facebook page dedicated to Gould’s saying No No No No No. “Yes, he’s named after Gus, let’s just hope the horse gets it right more often than Gus does,” Aiken quipped. “Gould is a racing man so he is probably flattered that someone has named a horse after his catchphrase.” - David Aldred