It was a week later than it might have been but Anthony Delpech finally made it to one of his targets for this racing season - probably the only mark he set himself that he hasn't exceeded by far. Delpech has had a memorable year which he could hardly have seen coming, winning the Hong Kong Derby, Queen Elizabeth II Cup and Champions & Chater Cup treble on Vengeance Of Rain, but last September he had known enough about the season ahead to set himself a target of 50 wins and Gary Ng Ting-keung-trained Noble Man did the trick at 56-1 yesterday. 'I should have got it last week when I was sick and had to stand down from the last winner, Joyful Winner - I can tell you I felt a lot sicker when he won,' Delpech said. 'But it's a target I've had all season and it's very satisfying to get it at last.' Noble Man was very promising as a griffin with Tony Millard but suffered an injury to his off-fore tendon in March, 2004, and spent the next 12 months on the sidelines. In between, he was transferred to Ng, whose patience is often rewarded with injury-plagued horses. 'To be honest I'm not that surprised because he was working very well and he had so much ability as a young horse,' Delpech said. 'I was supposed to ride him last time but I went to Japan with Bowman's Crossing. 'He had been working well before that too, but after such a long time off he probably needed the racing. 'Gary doesn't push his horses too hard on the track, they race themselves fit - that last race, even though he was well beaten, probably brought him on quite a lot.' Delpech said the soft ground had certainly been welcomed by Noble Man. 'You look at his action, he hits the ground very hard and with a history of leg problems, the cut in the ground was something he enjoyed,' the jockey said. 'I'm hoping Gary will run him again before the end of the season - there isn't much time but the horse is fit and firing and the rain is still around. Who knows, when we come back in September the tracks might be hard again.' Delpech will ride less frequently in South Africa this year than during the last break, but will make a dash back on the last flight late on the Wednesday of the rescheduled final meeting. Connections of Gauteng Derby winner Silverpoint - trained by David Ferraris's father, Ormond - want Delpech aboard in that horse's final workout before he tackles South Africa's biggest race, the Durban July on the following weekend - a race Delpech won last year on Grey's Inn.