Dec 05, 2011

It was an emotional win on the weekend when Peter Lowe’s mare OUR SPIRIT”S BAY posted her first win in Australia in the $70,000 Catanach's Jeweller's Plate at Caulfield on Saturday, being the first win that Tony and Jake have combined for since Jake’s terrible fall earlier in the year.

Our Spirits Bay (Stravinsky – Amidala) is a 7 year old Kiwi imported mare who recently joined the Stable. She was having her second start back this preparation and was given a gun ride from Jake, she jumped from barrier 1, Jake was able to give her the shortest trip home by sticking to the inside sitting fairly handy in the running, she hit the lead about 100m from home and held out the fast finishing favourite Inablitz by a short half head, with Miss Matari just a half neck away third.

“She jumped really well today, it surprised me how well she was, but dad just kept her on the fresh side thinking that she should run well again,” Jake said.

“I just thought I'd use the paint, Daniel Stackhouse went back to it earlier on and pinched it and I thought, she's a roughie so we might as well try and steal it and hug the paint all the way and she's in good form.

It was a thrilling win, especially on the back of her having just been beaten by the smallest of margins at her first up start at Moonee Valley a fortnight ago. Being the first win for Jake and Tony together since Jakes horrific fall back in May made it a very emotional win.

“That's the first winner we've had together since he had the fall so it's been a hard road and it's just good to be in the winner's circle,” Tony Noonan said.

A big congratulations to Peter Lowe who was on track to enjoy the win, his brother Derek, Larry O'Neill & Andre Raymond in New Zealand. Also a special thanks to Viv Bertrand who straps the mare and Brooke Schreuder her regular track rider.