Smiles all round as Mr Optimistic wins emphatically at Sale
Feb 04, 2018
Tony Noonan continued a cracking run of form this afternoon at Sale when Mr Optimistic added to the Mornington-based trainer’s tally of four winners from his last nine starters.
Stepping up to 1700m for the first time in the Programmed Property Servs (BM70) Handicap, Mr Optimistic looked to be toying with his opposition when careering away for a dominant victory.
With long-term clients from Laurel Oak Bloodstock on-course and vocal in the winner’s stall, Noonan was delighted to be able to share the victory with some close clients and friends.
“You’ve got to have good patient owners that understand what you’re trying to achieve and this horse has been lucky enough,” said Noonan.
“At the end of the day, you love the horse and to be able to do it for good people is just a dead set bonus.
“There’s a lot of good people in this horse that have been with us a long time so they’ll be bloody excited.”
Jumping well from barrier 2 in the field of 7 while piloted by the trainer’s son Jake, Mr Optimistic settled in the one-out-one-back position stalking the leaders.
With just a moderate tempo in front of him, Noonan made an early move to angle the 5-year-old son of Domesday out passing the 700m mark where the horse travelled into the race effortlessly.
Drawing level with those leaders upon straightening, Mr Optimistic ($2.60F) let down with his trademark turn-of-foot to pull away for a commanding victory to score by 2.5L from Calendar Lad ($6.50) and Toan Thang ($5.50)
Having done plenty of work on the gelding throughout his career, the younger Noonan was visibly rapt for connections upon his return to scale.
“To this horse’s credit he’s shown enough ability. He was stiff not to win another race last prep in what was Saturday grade,” said Jake.
“You come in pretty optimistic about his form. He’s just putting it all together.
“This horse has had a few injuries and it’s taken a a long while for the penny to really drop and learn those racing manners.
“To get out to this trip is a real attribute to the stable and the staff at home because he’s really relaxing. It gives him the chance to run it and it’s good to see him explode and run on late.”
Unable to make the weight for his father the day before when Manolo Blahniq saluted at Caulfield, the younger Noonan was cheekily pleased to continue a purple patch of form within the Noonan camp.
“It keeps him off my case a little bit longer but I’m riding for him Tuesday so he’ll keep me on my toes.”
Today’s win was the third of Mr Optimistic’s career with the gelding being the first foal out of Be Positive, a stakes-winning mare formerly trained by Noonan.