La Pluie lives up to namesake to score popular maiden win at Mornington

Jan 29, 2022

With rain striking the Mornington Peninsula in the middle of summer, those raindrops were music to the ears of La Pluie’s owners with the popular filly raced under Tony Noonan’s Social Syndicates program, whose French name translates as The Rain.

Named as such, the ensuing overnight rain delivered Soft 7 conditions at Mornington where La Pluie proved too strong to break her maiden at her fifth career start in the Wilson Medic One Plate over 1500m.

Making the win even more special was the fact for many of her 200 owners, it was their first time at the races since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic which meant most were seeing the 3-year-old filly in the flesh for the first time.

“We’ve been sending regular updates about how good this filly looks for the past six months so it’s terrific that they could all be on course today to watch her break her maiden,” said Mornington-based trainer Tony Noonan.

“She’s been doing everything right at home but I just want to thank the Melbourne Racing Club for accommodating our masses today because it’s just such a thrill to see all of her owners here.

“I’d also like to thank Phil Campbell at Blue Gum Farm who bred this filly and offered her to us to race under the Social Syndicates program. We’ve had a terrific association with Phil’s horses in the program so it’s just great that we have these terrifically well-bred fillies that owners can race for as little as $20 a month.

“We might need a bigger grandstand next time because she’s still got improvement to come.”

Jumping well from barrier 10, jockey Beau Mertens just eased the Manhattan Rain filly out of the gates where he found a comfortable possible backwards of midfield, with cover in the 3-wide line.

As the tempo slacked coming down the side of the course, Mertens angled into clear running where he was pushed to come 4-deep around the bend. Once off heels, La Pluie ($4.80) appeared to be cruising around the bend at the home turn to hit the front but the top of the straight where she kept coming to score by three-quarters from Margaret’s Banter ($11) and Tagomago ($7.50).

La Pluie is raced under the Social Syndicates program where owners can get involved in racehorse ownership from as little as $20 per month, and no upfront expenses. To learn more about the program or receive updates on the next horse available to Social Syndicates, please contact Social Syndicates Manager, John Mathieson by emailing

By Manhattan Rain out of the mare Exceedingly French, La Pluie is a half-sister to Group 2 winner La Falaise. Other horse bred by Blue Gum Farm and raced under the Social Syndicates program include Annarbor who won connections more than $160,000 from 21 career starts