A well-trained group of stable staff and experienced track riders with
excellent knowledge and judgement, several with extensive international
experience, make up a formidable team. We would like to introduce them
When he gave up his job as a high school teacher to become a
thoroughbred trainer, some might have called Tony Noonan a little bit crazy.
But those people need to look beyond the time a police squadron chased
him down the highway after the Straddy and the time he turned up to
Mornington trials in his underwear.
Forgetting those moments however, crazy may still an accurate word to
describe the meticulous nature which Tony approaches his training with.
Through his love of the horses, he thrives on the opportunity to
nurture, educate and develop thoroughbreds to reach their full
Tony prides himself on the excellent relationships he maintains with
owners through honest communication, regular updates and a personal
touch. By taking owners through their Owner’s Journey, Tony is able to
share the joys he experiences every day whether it is at the races, at
the stable or on the overseas trips he organises around international
When questioned about his greatest achievement, it wasn’t winning three
Mornington Cups with Gunnamatta, or countless stakes victories.
Instead, it is Tom, Sam, Jake and Laura – his four wonderful children
whom he shares with wife Gabriel – who inspire him to wake up each
morning for work at 4am.
When he’s not around the stable or the racetrack, Tony enjoys cheering
on his beloved Bombers, going out for Chinese food and spending time
with the family.
With his many successes and an adoring family, a little bit of crazy turned out to go a long way.
Prior to joining the team at Greendale, Gemma worked in corporate
business both in Australia and the UK as well as managing her own
business here in Australia.
She successfully launched businesses for household brand names ensuring
they had the processes and plans to move from implementation through to
Making Mornington her home with a young family, Gemma utilises her
skills in business, marketing, and customer engagement to manage the
stable’s commercial operations.
She admits her understanding of a form guide is limited beyond the
drinks menu but loves bringing friends and family together through the
social aspect of racing. Her distinct business nous ensures Tony and
Alfred do not get too carried away with their zealous plans of buying or
breeding the perfect horse.
Gemma will be looking after our accounts and marketing while ensuring
both our owners and employees have a memorable racing journey with Tony
Gemma can be contacted via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan joined the team at Greendale in 2017 after holding senior roles across several leading trainers around the country.
He has worked in stables for around 15 years after walking in off the street to a job with Gai Waterhouse at Randwick where, by his own admission, he had to be shown how to put on a head collar.
A thirst for knowledge led him to riding and saddling up at the races to being in charge of a team of horses at the beach each morning.
A stretch with Pat Webster followed before a job with Anthony Cummings, lasting seven years, led him to Melbourne.
He took out his own licence in 2016 and now trains his own small team at Greendale alongside his duties for Tony.
Foreman & Track Rider
Mariah joined the team at Greendale in 2016 to take up a senior position at the stable having worked extensively in the industry since 2007.
Originally joining the Mike Moroney stable as a Year 10 work experience student, Mariah instantly fell in love with the horses which led her to accept an offer from Moroney to join their stable’s weekend team whilst she completed her schooling.
At the conclusion of her studies, Mariah was offered an opportunity to join the Moroney team in a full-time capacity where she commenced riding trackwork for the stable as she quickly developed a reputation as the most reliable of handlers.
Possessing natural empathy and a loving nature, Mariah seamlessly developed a strong affinity with the young horses coming through the stable where her skills made her an integral part of the successful team that claimed the 2009 VRC Derby with Monaco Consul followed by the 2010 VRC Oaks with Brazilian Pulse.
With a smile that can brighten the darkest days, Mariah’s nurturing of the horses under her care made her a favourite amongst stable owners so much so that connections of Brazilian Pulse named another of their horses – Mariah’s Pulse.
Although her namesake did not prove as successful has her Oaks-winning stablemate, that never dampened Maria’s spirits having always treated the horses under her care as her own children whether fast, slow or a deadest donkey.
Away from the stables, you just can’t keep Mariah away from horses because if she’s not playing with her beloved puppy Pebbles, she will be out riding Nugget, one of her stable favourites who raced as Murcielaga.
Originally hailing from Germany, much of Sonja’s time has been split between her homeland and Australia but upon return to our shores in 2017, Sonja elected to peruse a lifelong dream to work with horses.
Growing up in Germany, Sonja first started riding horses at the age of 4 and quickly developed an interest in show jumping and eventing. Working her way through the grades, her natural riding ability progressed her to competition where she has performed in both Germany and Australia at high levels.
Admittedly, however, nothing she had seen in her years of competing compared to the spectacle of Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Having indulged in the festivities of Flemington, Sonja’s love of horses led her to Greendale where she had her first foray into working with Thoroughbreds.
Quickly settling into the team at Greendale, Sonja’s experience quickly rose to the fore as she commenced a track rider course to further her education.
With a tough streak which means she’ll never let the stable ratbags get the better of her, Sonja will often be found competing in marathons and tough mudder competitions when away from the stables.
But as tough as she is, there is a softer side to Sonja whose off-the-track talents include playing the accordion and piano.
Profile coming soon
Track Rider & Farm Manager
Lisa joined Tony Noonan Racing with extensive riding experience and a
passion for horses. She has traveled the world with some of our greatest horses to Hong Kong (pictured), Dubai and England.
Beyond riding trackwork, Lisa's expertise across all
facets of horses beyond racing enable our horses are managed with the
utmost care when at the farm.
Whether they be in agistment or pre-training while out at the farm,
Lisa's familiarity with the horses from riding them at trackwork ensures
they are cared for by a friendly face.
Ted 'From Tassie' Goss
Ted keeps Greendale in tip top condition and always puts in an extra effort for our annual After Derby Barbie.
Beyond his immaculate attention to aesthetics, Ted is the ultimate Renaissance Man happy to fill in for other team members when required. Whether it be mucking out boxes, driving the truck, strapping on race day or mowing the lawns - Ted is always keen to help the team.
Just don't hold the fact he's from Tassie against him...
Mick successfully trained Rain Lover to back-to-back Melbourne Cup Victories in 1968 and 1969.
He is one of just four men to train a horse to consecutive Cups.