Fortune favours the brave Torahka at Werribee

Aug 23, 2012

A sensible early move from jockey Jake Noonan proved the catalyst for the Tony Noonan stable’s first Victorian winner of the season at Thursday’s Werribee meeting.

Split The Faith opened the stable’s account in Perth on Wednesday before Torahka gave the Mornington operation its second success in 24 hours.

Torahka broke slowly from the gates, leaving the younger Noonan with a decision to make in order to avoid being caught either three-deep or behind a wall of horses.

Noonan chose the aggressive path, taking the gelding forward to sit outside the leader rounding the first turn before getting Torahka to relax in his on-pace position.

“There’s a strong headwind down the back and early on I thought I had better risk it to get the biscuit so I ended up going forward,” Noonan said.

“I was better off doing a little more work on a horse going forward and one that the mile would suit him more than the others.”

Carrying the colours made famous by his sire Testa Rossa, Torahka hit the front at the 400 metres before defying all challengers in the straight to win by a half-head from the late closing Lady Jodalyna.

The rider said the hard early work left Torahka on tired legs late but praised the four-year-old’s tenacity late in the race.

The Werribee win was Torahka’s second from 13 starts.

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