Oct 22, 2012

Seymour on Sunday 21st October was the scene for two Tony Noonan trained horses resuming following a twelve month break from the races due to injury for Quicksilver Lass, with Grand Orator on the other hand coming off a relatively short let up.
Grand Orator lined up with 60kgs in the 0 – 62 over 1200m and it was widely thought that the Oratorio gelding just may need the run, however when Jake Noonan saw the horse parading in the yard he couldn’t get over how well Grand Orator looked.
Jake gave the horse the run of the race with a 10/10 ride and when he got out into clear running Grand Orator let down quickly and at the 50m looked the winner only to have the two horses on his inside come with him to beat him a half head by a half head. Jake commented that the horse was inclined to look about in the run home which may have been the difference between winning and going down narrowly. He also commented on the outstanding effort carrying 60kgs for a horse on the small side.
Grand Orator will still benefit immensely from the run and looks to be in for a good campaign.
The very lightly raced Quicksilver Lass resumed in the 0 – 68 1000m race after having twelve months away from the track following her five length victory at Mornington last November at only her second start. Not long after that win she suffered a fractured shoulder, necessitating a long break to ensure a return to the track at some stage.
The 4yo grey Testa Rosso mare was very well presented in the yard and was primed for a solid first up run. With Jake Noonan up the horse was only fairly away but balanced up nicely in the first 300m to take up a good position mid field behind the leading pack of runners.
With the eventual winner going for home on the turn it took Quicksliver Lass until the 200m mark to really hit top gear and she rattled home to run a clear second in front of a good field although no match for the winner, the impressive and unbeaten Sumakaray, in the time of 57.85sec for the 1000m. Again it was a top ride from Jake.
Like Grand Orator, Quicksilver Lass promises to give its owners a lot of fun in the weeks ahead.
It was great to see owners of both horses in attendance and in particular the many owners of the mare who made the trip to Seymour. They all had a great day with Tony as they contemplated their thoughts about both horse’s next starts and the campaigns ahead.
Tony was extremely pleased with the performance of both his horses on the day.