Auro swims at Seymour for thrilling win

Jun 18, 2015

Despite fetching a meagre $2,000 as a yearling at the sales, owner Jeremy White's keen eye paid off when Auro won at Seymour over 1200m in just her fourth career start.

Trained by Mornington-based Tony Noonan, the 3-year-old filly by Turfontein relished the Soft 7 conditions in her first start on rain-affected going.

“We took her down to Balnarring to trial earlier in the prep on soft going and she handled it really well there so we’re glad she showed her ability on it today,” said Alfred Chan, Racing Manager for Tony Noonan.

With the approval of stewards, Auro was the last horse into the mounting yard where she played up before rider Jake Noonan swung aboard and relaxed the filly.

“She’s a very tricky filly and the value of having a stable rider is underrated,” said Chan.

“She played up behind the barriers last week at Mornington and was scratched behind the gates so we took her back to the trials and put a barrier blanket and ear muffs on her today and we’re glad we did.”

Jumping from barrier 5, Noonan looked took advantage of the good barrier to drive Auro forward to settle third in transit. By the 500m mark, Auro, like the majority of runners in the field, looked to be struggling in the conditions and under hard riding.

At the top of the straight, Auro had given the leader a 5L head start before Noonan pulled the whip through to his left and Auro ($9.50) charged strongly to the line and win comfortably by 1.75L from Nielson ($15) and Do As I Do ($6.50) back in third.

“She loved it out there,” Noonan said after the win.

“She does a lot of things wrong but credit to the team at Greendale who do a great job with the horses.

“She’s still on the rise and will be even better over 1400m.”

The win continued the Noonan stable’s excellent run of results at the lower buying spectrum after scoring with Sky Dazzle, a $5,000 purchase, on debut at Sale on Sunday.