Feb 18, 2011

Wednesday, February 16th was a great day for Tony Noonan Racing and it was the first time the stable has achieved a treble at a metropolitan race meeting. Thankfully the Mornington Cup meeting with its amalgamation with the Melbourne Racing Club is now recognised as a city race day and that is the first time the stable has had three winners at such a meeting. Congratulations go to the owners that were lucky enough to have a winner on Wednesday. It was certainly a day where we tried to have our horses who are in at this time of year at their peak, they are restricted class races for good prizemoney so it was great to be able to take advantage of that and come home with the number of winners we did. Thanks goes to all our staff who worked terribly hard, each of our strappers and assistants here have a team of horses that they look after, there is a great amount of time, effort and attention given to each of these horses and it is great to get those results. The looks on the faces of the staff the following morning were tremendous and there was a great feeling of satisfaction amongst everyone here.

I would like to give particular thanks to Graeme Ward who bred the first winner, SPIRIT OF SIENNA and leased the filly out to a tremendous bunch of people who experienced their first win when she won at the last Mornington meeting but to win a city race yesterday was definitely a highlight in their short time in racing. The lessees are Graeme Ward, Wayne Siekman, Dean O'Brien, the Gogetters Syndicate (Terri Farrell), Phil Dixon, Elizabeth Anning, Scott Westbrook, Daniel Byrne, Shane Foulds and the KSC Racing Syndicate (Gavan Tobin). The filly showed enormous tenacity, was well ridden by our apprentice Ben Knobel who is really on fire at the moment, he has continued to improve after riding a treble the week before at Ballarat and was able to come out and ride that winner yesterday. I am confident that Ben and the filly are both in a position to enjoy more success in the not-too-distant future.

Graeme not only bred SPIRIT OF SIENNA but he was also a major shareholder in CHOSEN ONE who won the 0-72 2000m race later in the day so Graeme had two runners for two winners on a very memorable day for him and his wife Sue. The people in CHOSEN ONE, Noel and Lorraine Ferguson, Skillon Syndicate (Shamus Skase), Sam Crimmins, Graeme Ward, Glen Ward, Peter Spencer, Tony Sitch, Noel Rice and Julie Young have been clients of the stable for a long period of time now, the horse has had a trip to Darwin where we found out he had an allergic reaction to the dirt there, he was classified as an asthmatic which was an enormous disappointment but the win yesterday was an enormous thrill for everyone involved. He has been an honest and consistent horse and to be able to get a metropolitan win yesterday was tremendous. Congratulations goes to Dean Yendall there for his courageous and innovative ride and congratulations to Brooke Schreuder, the strapper of CHOSEN ONE, for all the effort and work she has put into the horse. She also looks after the earlier winner SPIRIT OF SIENNA.

Our last winner of the day was a horse that has been a favourite of the stable in RED COUPE. This horse has experienced a lot of injuries over his career and thus he has not had a lot of racing but he is as sound and as well as he has ever been at the moment and he is racing in really great heart. Congratulations to John and Julie Young who have been long time clients of the stable, I met John and Julie on a trip to Darwin one year and we have remained good friends and they have always been keen to have an interest in a horse in the stable and Ange and Peta Pietromonaco who have been great supporters of the stable over the last couple of years and have stuck with this horse all the way through. It was a great thrill to win a metropolitan race with him, especially at the age of seven.

It was a tremendous day for everyone involved, I would like to thank all the owners who came down for the day and helped cheer on the stable and for those that came back and had a couple of drinks after what was a very satisfying day. I look forward to the next one.