|In what looked to be a race run in almost a repeat fashion to the Sheraco Stakes at the same track a fortnight ago, Star's classy 5 year old mare NOIRE scored her maiden Stakes win on Saturday when coming from last at the point of the home turn in the Group 2 Shannon Stakes, to overpower the other runners and win in very slashing style. |
Tommy Berry elected to allow NOIRE to travel at the rear of the field where she bowled along in a relaxed fashion in the early part of the 1500 metres journey. At about the 600 metres mark, he commenced a forward move and although widest of all at the turn, NOIRE balanced soon after straightening and it was at this point that the mare began to accelerate down the centre of the track. She took the lead at about the 100 metres mark edging away to win her first Stakes race, but judging on Saturday's effort, maybe it won't be her last.
A $135,000 purchase from Ron Gilbert's Highgrove Stud at the 2015 Inglis Easter yearling sale, the filly was originally a pass in. The daughter of Foxwedge (also the sire of our very recently retired to stud Group 1 winner Foxplay) was identified as a possible purchase at the sale by Brett Howard from Randwick Bloodstock, so many thanks are in order for that advice. A fairly straight forward negotiation with the breeder and the filly was ours. Many thanks to the Gilberts who have enjoyed great success breeding from their Toowoomba base.
NOIRE was a late developing mare and it is because of the tremendous patience shown by Chris and his team that she has developed into a 5 year old Group 2 winner. The mare is going from strength to strength now and with her record of 7 wins and 5 seconds from 15 career starts, we can be reasonably confident that more success at this level for NOIRE is quite possible as she heads to Victoria for more carnival racing next month.
Congratulations to the winning NOIRE owners Keith Farrell, Laura Farrell, P & S Glenney & S Mckee Racing (Manager: Patti Glenney), Alan Richmond, Ray Aurisch, Terrence Hodgson, David McLeish, Maureen McLeish, Boeara Holdings (Manager: Denise Dunphy), Estate of the late Don Dong.