Calibrate proves too classy at Bendigo for emphatic win

Jun 23, 2016

The Tony Noonan stable is in hot form after Calibrate powered home from back in the field to score at Bendigo this afternoon over 1600m in the Wilson Medic Handicap for apprentice jockeys.

It was a pleasing result for the stable with Assistant Trainer Douglas Arnold delighted by how well the 6-year-old by Reset has come back from a freshen-up.

“The (Heavy 8) ground was a bit of a concern but as he’s gotten older, he’s handling it better,” he said.

“This time in, he’s a stronger horse that is coping with it better.”

Arnold was full of praise for apprentice Ethan Brown who is building a strong association with the Noonan stable after saluting aboard stablemate Starvasive at Pakenham yesterday.

“He’s (Calibrate) been hard to settle in the past but Ethan settled him very well.

“It was a really good little ride.”

Jumping evenly from the gates, Brown elected to settle Calibrate off the pace behind a genuine tempo with Flamin’ Mogul bowling along in front.

Creeping into the race 600m out, Calibrate quickly circled the field to peel out as the widest runner, spotting the leader just three lengths upon straightening.

Once balanced up, Calibrate ($4.20) let down his strong turn-of-foot to hit the front with 50m to go to score by half-a-length from Robbie’s Star ($3.40F) and Flamin’ Mogul ($4).

The win was the fifth of Calibrate’s career where he has often been overshadowed by sibling superstars Varenna Miss and Criterion.