Noonan buys Infantry to target Cups

Nov 03, 2014

Mornington-based trainer Tony Noonan has purchased a 3-year-old colt named Infantry at the October Horses-in-Training sale in England.

The Tattersalls October HIT sale has been a hotbed of success for Australian buyers over recent years with Noonan joining the party for the first time.

The lightly raced colt is by Rail Link out of Zorleni, a Zafonic mare. 

Rail Link, a son of Dansili, won the 2007 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. 

Bred in England but trained by Criquette Head-Mareek in France, Infantry has had just two careers starts.

He made his debut at Saint-Cloud over nearly 2100 meters where he won a strong maiden with a bold front-running performance. He then went to a 3-year-old race at Chantilly over 2000m and ran an excellent race where he finished  a close second behind Meadow Creek.

Meadow Creek then went on to run a narrow second in a Listed race.

Attending the first two days of the sale, Noonan bided his time until the third day when he made a winning bid to secure Lot 1148 (Infantry) for 42,000 guineas (approx $80,000)

“I am terribly excited to have purchased an English horse with a view to have a Melbourne Cup starter,” Noonan said.

“He is a nice big scopey horse. He has got a lovely stride, a good brain and is lightly raced.

“His two runs in France on really good tracks have been outstanding and he has a lot of improvement in him.”

“He’s such a young horse and was just the ideal buy.”

Noonan’s last Melbourne Cup runner was in 2010 when he saddled up Bucellatti which he purchased in England for 20,000 guineas (approx $37,000). Buccellati went on to win $842,831 in prize money.