Quick back-up no problem as Annabor romps home for another Social Syndicates win

Aug 21, 2019

If things keep going this well for Annabor, a 3-day backup from the Hotham Handicap into the Melbourne Cup could be more than a pipe-dream for Mornington-based trainer Tony Noonan after Annarbor followed up a 6.5L win at Cranbourne on Sunday with a 3.25L win at Sandown this afternoon. 

With Annarbor being raced under Noonan’s Social Syndicates program, there were more than 50 delighted owners who cheered on their gallant mare and are enjoying one of the weeks of their lives watching Annarbor win twice in four days. 

“We don’t do it very often (backing up). We don't even attempt to do it very often but she won so well on Sunday and she pleased us at home. I didn’t think there was any reason not to come,” said Noonan afternoon the win. 

“You look really good when it works and you look like a bit of a mug when it doesn't.” 

But despite Annabor’s two emphatic wins, it hasn’t been all easy sailing for the stable and more than 200 of her owners. 

“She’s been a slow maturing mare. 

“We’ve been very fortunate. We’ve had patient owners, a patient breeder and good staff to get her to where she is. 12 months ago she ran here, got lapped and didn’t look terribly promising.” 

Jumping well from barrier 5 in the field of 10 under apprentice Teo Nuggent in the 1800m affair, Annabor thrived in the Soft 6 conditions, put to sleep midfield behind a good tempo. 

Gradually giving the 5-year-old Excellebration mare more rein as the field worked through the bend, Annarbor ($3) quickly eased into clear running. Once balanced, she stormed down the centre of the track to hit the front by the 300m mark before holding on for a dominant 3.25L over Lloyd Williams’ Irish import Somerset Maugham ($10). 

“The mastermind trainer Tony Noonan was always confident coming in today,” said Nuggent. 

“She travelled really well. I got her on a bum and she relaxed real well." 

The win was Annarbor’s third of her career and first at metropolitan level, taking her earning beyond $75,000 from 13 career starts for the Social Syndicates runner. It also continued a mighty run of form for Noonan who has saddled up 10 winners from his last 45 runners.

Social Syndicates is an ownership program which Tony Noonan Racing offers to social group and sporting club members who can race a horse with the stable from as little as $10 per month. 

For more information about how you can get your group involved with a Social Syndicates horse, please email Gemma Lambe on gemma@tonynoonanracing.com.au.