Geelong erupts as Annarbor storms to victory for Social Syndicates

Jun 14, 2019

On a chilly Winter afternoon at Geelong, Annarbor warmed the hearts and wallets of more than 200 owners as she careered away for a barnstorming first-up win for Mornington-based trainer Tony Noonan, on behalf of his Social Syndicates program. 

In tough Heavy 10 conditions, Noonan was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable the win came.

"I was unknown as to whether she would handle it," he said. 

"We have always been of the opinion she wanted soft ground. She was never at home on the firm tracks so we’ve trialled her a couple of times at home. 

"I thought she may need it (the run). She’s a big mare and she’s been off the scene for awhile but she obviously appreciated the ground.

"There’s a lot of mature aged people in this horse and they’ve been very patient. They’ll be sitting at home watching on their computers and tvs and they’ll be pretty excited by this little mare." 

Jumping well from barrier 6 in the field off 11, and with son Jake in the saddle, the 4-year-old Excellebration mare was able to take up a forward position in the run, sitting just off the leader. 

Settled in the run and appearing to handle the bog conditions, Jake gradually extricated Annarbor ($10) towards the centre of the track where she let down with a booming turn-of-foot to hit the front passing the 100m mark and extending to win by 1.5L from Morning Star ($5.50). 

"Dad syndicated this horse really well and she’s owned by really good people who are in it just for the love of horse racing," said Jake after the win. 

"They found themselves a winner today which came to our surprise as much as theirs so good on em’."

Annarbor is raced by the Social Syndicates program run by Tony Noonan Racing where the stable invites social groups to enjoy the thrills of racing for as little as $10 per month. 

For more information on the Social Syndicates program and how your group can get involved, please contact Gemma Lambe by emailing