Cranbourne erupts in cheers as Beatrix breaks maiden in photo finish

Mar 06, 2020

It was a nailbiter finish for more than 100 owners of Beatrix but despite having looked the winner a long way out, she just fell in on the line at Cranbourne tonight for Mornington trainer Tony Noonan and her many connections.

But even as a trainer with more than 30 years experience training horses, it was a heart-in-mouth moment for the veteren trainer.

“I closed my eyes. I didn't want to look,” said a relieved Noonan after the race.

“I could see the other thing coming, I don't think she could see the other thing coming.”

But despite the photo finish, Noonan was proud of the 3-year-old Smart Missile filly which ran second on debut a fortnight ago, before winning tonight.

“She’s a nice filly. She just raced a bit different tonight, sat behind them, so she’s got a few strings to her bow and I think there's good improvement in her.

“This has been her first prep and she’ll have a little break now.”

Jumping well from barrier 6 in the field of 7 with son Jake in the saddle, Beatrix was a tad slow out of the gates before mustering speed. But by the time she got into stride, runners had kicked up inside her which forced Jake to travel three-deep without cover through the arcing Cranbourne bend.

But cruising in the Soft 7 conditions, Jake gradually angled out by the top of the straight she Beatrix ($1.60F) ambled to the front quickly by the 200m mark and looked a comfortable winner before a late surge by Recompensa ($15) forced a photo finish on the line.

As the photo came up on the big screen, cheers echoed through Cranbourne as she held on to score by half-a-head for Noonan’s Social Syndicates program where members of the local community race Beatrix.

But even with the tight finish, Jake was confident he was on the best horse in the race.

“I landed one-out-one-back and they kind of pressed and exposed me three-deep. I just thought over 1000m, I rode her ugly but it was just senseless trying to drag her back to second last to get some cover,” said Jake after the win.

“I rode her like the best horse. She wobbled a little but late and had a think about it late but she deserved to win.”

In just her second career start, Beatrix took her earning beyond $33,000 thanks to the VOBIS bonuses attached to both her races.

Racing pundits that follow the sales form would have been very confident backing Beatrix tonight having learnt that Noonan had such a high opinion of the filly that he purchased the half-brother by Zoustar at the Inglis Premier Sale last week for $110,000.

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 $20 per month.

For more information about how you can get your group involved with a Social Syndicates horse, please email Gemma Lambe on