Great day at Spring Carnival OBE Lunch

Oct 08, 2012

The highlight of last Friday’s Tony Noonan Racing Spring Carnival OBE Luncheon at the Mail Exchange Hotel was undoubtedly our guest speakers Katelyn Mallyon and Mick Robins.
In front of a packed room of Tony Noonan owners and guests, Katelyn was the first to the microphone where she was interviewed by Tony over a range of subjects, issues and highlights of her short but successful career.
It was terrific that Katelyn could tell the audience first hand that she had just been given the ok the day before to “get back on a horse” as of Saturday morning. Katelyn told the room she was thrilled with the news although understandably cautious about the road ahead.
Tony‘s chat included Katelyn’s recollections from a very young girl right through to her outstanding victory in the 2011/12 season, being named the first ever female to win the Victorian Apprentice Premiership, with 22 winners from runner up, her best friend and soul mate in Jake Noonan, with 16 winners.
She spoke how important Jake has been in her recovery given he went through bad injuries from a fall he had the previous year. She was also so appreciative of the support of her family in parents Brett and Mary and brother Andrew along with expressing her gratitude to all her fellow jockeys for their support, and in particular close friend and mentor Michelle Payne
Katelyn‘s said her racing dream is to emulate her grandfather Mick (Mallyon) and to ride a Caulfield Cup winner.
Everyone wished Katelyn a continuing good recovery and all look forward to seeing her back at the races.
From the current and the future face of racing, the guests were then treated to a special reflection on the great career and times of dual Melbourne Cup winning trainer Mick Robins.
Tony’s very witty interview with Mick highlighted how sharp his recollection was of racing from the late forties and through the fifties, sixties and seventies.
Mick provided an intriguing insight into his two Melbourne Cup wins in 1968 & 69 with arguably Australia’s greatest two miler in Rain Lover.
It was extremely entertaining listening to Mick in true “raconteur” style relive those great days including the lead up to the first Cup win in the most emphatic style  winning by 8 lengths. Mick has never got over the way he and his wife were effectively snubbed by the VRC hierarchy (of the day) after the event. Mick believed they were sick of the South Australian’s taking the Cup back over the border only to repeat the feat the following year.
Mick spoke of the characters of the turf back in those days and rates Tulloch the best horse he has seen.
It was truly a thrill and a privilege for all in the packed room that they were able to hear of two truly great stories of racing. Luncheon guests were still talking about their stories long after the event had finished.