Two in a row for Steel of Madrid as Noonans combine again
Feb 06, 2018
With three winners from his last three starters, the Tony Noonan freight train continued to roll along this afternoon when Steel of Madrid made it two wins on the trot at Ballarat.
Scoring six minor placings from his first eight starts, connections had been knocking on the door for a long time but having saluted in his ninth and today, tenth start, the Mornington-based conditioner has Steel of Madrid humming along beautifully.
“We always thought we’d be a little bit wide in the run but the horse is gaining confidence,” said Noonan after the win.
“As a young horse, he was mentally and physically a bit soft and wasn’t capable of putting it together but he’s now really switching on.”
With both of Steel of Madrid’s wins coming at Ballarat, Noonan had no hesitation travelling from his Mornington base with the 4-year-old son of Lope De Vega having now had two wins and a second placing from his three starts at the track.
“He’s just loves it. He just gets on the right leg and gets into a rhythm.”
Jumping from barrier 6 in the field on 9 under Noonan’s son Jake, Steel of Madrid was able to take up a forward position to sit outside the leader.
Travelling comfortably through the bend, Steel of Madrid ($3.20F) drew level at the top of the straight. Having ridden the horse at his previous starts, Noonan quickly pulled his whip through to the left hand as the horse attempted to lay in but once straightened, pulled comfortably clear to score by 2.75L from Stream Ahead ($5.50) and Zoot Suit Riot ($26)
“I was confident going in today and he won like I expected,” Jake said.
“He galloped at Balnarring during the week and I galloped him, Manolo Blahniq and (Mr) Optimistic.
“He (Steel of Madrid) was my best gallop of the morning. They came out and won so there was a bit of pressure on him.
“He’s just really come on. His coat has gotten better from last start. He’s conditioned really well and just matured mentally and starting to furnish into a really nice horse."
Steel of Madrid’s win today continued a purple patch of form for Noonan who has now saddled up five winners from his last 10 starters to start 2018 with a bang.