Young Isaac joins Noonan family outing as Mutual Respect strings consecutive wins

Aug 02, 2019

A fortnight ago, it was the case of Mum owns, Dad trains and Son rides but Mornington-based trainer Tony Noonan has quickly extended the family business a further generation with Grandson Isaac in Tony’s arms after Mutual Respect's victory at Ballarat this afternoon. 

With stablemate Chas Marlow also engaged in the same race and mother Mariah strapping, the eldest Noonan was preoccupied on babysitting duties tasked with settling a disgruntled Isaac.

“I think Mum twisted his arm to have his pocket money on her horse,” said Jake after the win with a cheeky smile. 

“The horse is in great form. Dad is in great form.” 

A length slow out of the gates, Mutual Respect quickly took full advantage of barrier 2 in the field of 6 to muster quickly and sit outside leader Punt Club. 

Bowling along at a good tempo, Jake stayed in the 2-wide line to avoid kickback from the Ballarat Synthetic surface. Coming around the bend, the 5-year-old Trusting gelding looked to be under pressure upon straightening, giving Punt Club a 3-length head start. 

But once balanced up, Mutual Respect ($2.10F) made quick work of the margin to hit the lead passing the 150m mark and pulling clear by 2 lengths with Punt Club ($4.40) boxing on to hold second. 

“{Punt Club] was the horse to beat. It’s good on the synthetic surface and its got strong enough form in 70-grade on its day. They rode it aggressively and I thought I’ve got the perfect bunny. 

“When I got the furlong, I knew I had him.” 

Today’s victory was Mutual Repect’s third from 12 career starts and took his career earnings past $60,000 for sole owner - Mrs G A Noonan.