With the spring carnival racing jumping this weekend, Mornington-based trainer Tony Noonan has his sights set high as he bombards some of Australia’s greatest races with strong talent.
Tony Noonan has his sights set high as he bombards some of Australia’s greatest races with strong talent.
Kutchinsky is one hopeful he is preparing for a strong spring campaign which Noonan has hinted will start in Sydney prior to heading to the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, so head to Sportbet for the best early markets.
The Anaba gelding had an impressive string of performance in Brisbane over the winter with a victory in the Group Three Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) followed by a gallant runners-up place in the Group One Queensland Derby (2400m) to Dariana.
The rising four-year-olds hot target for the spring will be the $2.5 million Group One Caulfield Cup (2400m) on the 16th of October and seeing as the gelding has already performed over the longer distance could provide for champion trainer Noonan.
Buccellati has been on Australian soil for four months and after a month spell in Queensland has been in preparation for an assault on spring carnival racing.
The Soviet Star six-year-old has not started this year, although the ultimate target for the British-bred hopeful will be the double of the $3 million Group One Cox Plate (2040m) on the 23rd of October followed by the prestigious $6 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) on the 2nd of November.
Buccellati will most likely start his spring carnival racing trail in Sydney before working up to the high profile events in Melbourne later this year.
Noonan also has Ortensia in preparation for the spring although she will most likely face a lighter schedule than her stablemates.
The Testa Rossa mare will certainly defend her Group Two Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) title in Perth on the 27th of November with the rest of the spring left open.
So make sure you stick around here if you want the latest in spring racing carnival news for both Sydney and Melbourne, and head to SportsBet so you can sign up in time to make the most of the lucrative early market odds for the big races later this year.