Noosa Beach and trainer Doris Harwood have dispelled any doubts that
they are serious about becoming repeat winners in the Longacres Mile.
The campaign for the premiere stakes at Emerald Downs started Sunday
with the $50,000 Governor's Handicap, and Noosa Beach went four-wide out
of the pack at the half-mile post, took the lead from speedster
Bogachiel and held off Assessment to win by a length. Noosa Beach
covered the 6 ½-furlong race in 1 minute, 14.27 seconds.