Paradanza romps away at The Valley to claim first metro win

Feb 05, 2016

Paradanza proved too classy for her rivals when storming away to win the Strathmore Flowers Handicap over 2040m at Moonee Valley for Mornington-based trainer Tony Noonan.

The emphatic 4.5 length victory was a testament to long-time owners of the Noonan stable who endured a long journey to break Paradanza's maiden before witnessing her first metropolitan win.

“It took her 17 races to win one and I always told them she'd win in town one day this mare,” Noonan said.

Cheered on by a large group of owners, Noonan was delighted to share the victory with those on-course.

“They’ve been with me a long time. They would be terribly excited because as trainers, you try to encourage people but when they're not getting the results straight off, it's hard to keep whacking away but they have.

“There won't be happier people here tonight than them.”

Slightly slow out of the barriers for apprentice Jye McNeil, Paradanza settled backwards of midfield in the run off what was a blistering tempo early.

Despite the small field of just seven runners, the McNeil rated the 6-year-old Danehill Dancer mare perfectly with cover out the back, allowing the mad rush to play out in front of him.

As the tempo halted 600m out, McNeil allowed his mount to stroll forward to circle the tiring field.

"She actually surprised me how well she got into the race at the half mile (800m mark) because she I was out the back and scrubbing her along a bit and the next minute I was surging ahead of them," he said. 

“I hit the front at the 600 mark and I was really surprised. I thought I had gone to early but she just kept running away from them."

Cornering for home in front, Paradanza ($8.50) kicked clear to win by 4.5L from Hipster Girl ($3.50) and Are The Bungs In ($18) for her first metropolitan win.

From her 11 starts over 2000m and beyond, Paradanza boasts an imposing record of three wins and five placings.