Temple Tilt back to winners circle after colic attack

Sep 08, 2015

Temple Tilt stormed home from the back of the field this afternoon for father-son combo Tony and Jake Noonan at Pakenham in the Schwepps Handicap over 1100m.

It was a welcome return to the winners circle for the Encosta De Lago gelding who suffered a life-threatening bout of colic immediately after his maiden win 9 months ago which required 30cm of intestine be surgically removed. 

But today, everything went to plan for the Mornington-based trainer who was particularly pleased with his stable rider and son.

“It’s a big advantage (having Jake) because he knows how I train,” Tony said."

Jumping well from the gates, Jake settled Temple Tilt towards the tail of the field off a genuine tempo.

Gradually creeping into the race 500m out, Temple Tilt cornered wide to spot the leader seven lengths at the top of the straight with his rider calm and composed.

"He’s a horse that tends to over race but Jake settled him beautifully.”

Once balanced up, Temple Tilt ($2.60F) stormed down the centre of the track to hit the front 50m out to score by half-a-length from Summers Day ($11) and Sweet Silhouette ($26).

“I have to pay credit to Dad,” Jake said after the win.

“Having a look at the race on paper, we were the best horse in it.”

“I said to Dad, the topweight is the one to beat. I don’t want to be spotting it four of five lengths straightening up.

“Dad just drilled it into me. He said get cover on this horse and he’ll finish off over the top of them.

“That’s why he’s training them and I ride em'.”