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Another Successful Trip To Karaka.

Feb 5, 2024

Tony has returned from the New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Yearling Sales a happy man having purchased two nice colts to join the team at Greendale. Karaka has been a happy hunting ground for Tony over the years having purchased Purple Groove, Manolo Blahniq and Hickok to name a few. New Zealand has the perfect climate and rain fall to breed tough and durable racehorses and NZ breds have held their own and over achieved for decades.Considerable investment in NZ racing and breeding over the past few years has shown in recent results in Australasia. NZ Breds have returned to the heady heights of the 80's and 90's and there is a real sense of optimism for the industry there right now.Tony's fist purchase was a Super Vobis and Vobis Gold qualified colt by Strasbourg - Uncovered Beauty. A precocious type who will be nominated for the Karaka Millions Race Series, he was the stand out pick for Tony in Book 2. "A natural running type with great strength, I was particularly impressed by his conformation and walk. Being qualified for the Vobis & Vobis Gold Scheme is the cherry on top"On Friday, Tony had to wait until towards the end of the sale to sign for the Shocking - Wychwood Colt from Windsor Park Stud. I'm Thunderstruck has been the headline act for Shocking in recent years and he is building a very solid list of Stakes performers from 1400m to 3200m, underlining their speed, soundness and durability." The Shocking Colt has great size, strength and scope and strikes me as a 1600m to 2000m horse in time. He has the speed influence of Green Desert on his Dams side which has worked so well in New Zealand over the years. An athletic type with a great walk and a handsome head. He looks a bargain at $30,000 NZD".Shares are available in each horse separately but Tony will also package them both together for those interested. It may appeal to some to have double the fun with an interest in both as they are different types. The Strasbourg, an up and running 2yo speed type and the Shocking a strong athletic colt who will continue to improve as he mature from his 3yo season. **Look out for Tony's Summer Special Offer for those who take a 5% Share in both horses at the bottom of this email**  Strasbourg – Uncovered Beauty Colt     Sale Price $90,000 NZD Described by Tony as one of the standout colts in Book 2 at the New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Yearling Sale, this Chestnut Colt is a more precocious type than is generally found in New Zealand. Born and Bred at Little Avondale Stud, this Colt was conceived in Victoria where his sire Strasbourg stands, and this means we have the added Vobis Silver, Vobis Gold and Vobis Sires bonuses to race for in the future.Given his precocity, the Colt will be paid up for the Karaka Millions Race Series which offers over $5,000,000 in prize money for graduates each year. This colt has the strong physique and the athletic walk of a precocious 2yo and he will travel straight back from New Zealand to Victoria to begin the education process after a short break in the paddock.His sire Strasbourg, a magnificent son of I Am Invincible, was a multiple Group winning 2yo for Peter & Paul Snowdon who cost $750,000 as a yearling himself. He has been a real success in the sale ring for breeders and has hit the ground running with 2 winners from 2 runners from his first 2yo runners.His Dam Uncovered Beauty was a winner at 1200m and is by leading sire Per Incanto. On the maternal side there are many precocious 2yo's littered through the pedigree which is no surprise given the maternal Grandsire is none other than Danehill himself. Interestingly this Colt is bred has Danehill on both sides of his pedigree.At $90,000NZD we believe this colt offers outstanding value for a precocious early running type. He has been reared at the fantastic Little Avondale nursery where 41 Gr.1 winners have been born and raised and unusually for a NZ bred is Vobis and Vobis Gold eligible which is so important here in Victoria. To view his NZB Sale page click here Share Price Australian Dollars: $5375.00 & GSTItemised Cost to 29th February 2024FALL OF HAMMER    $87,000INSURANCE               $ 4,000KARAKA MILLIONS    $ 3,000VOBIS & V GOLD       $ 1,600FLIGHT TO AUS         $ 7,500FEB NZ AGISTMENT  $ 1,500NZ TRANSPORT         $ 1,250VETERINARY              $    500SALES EXPENSES     $ 1,500TOTAL COST EXCLUDING GST = $107,850.00If you would like to learn more, please email or call Tony on 0418102972.Shocking – Wychwood Colt    Sale Price $30,000 NZD For over 40 years, the Schick family have been to the forefront of the New Zealand breeding industry at their Windsor Park Stud just outside Cambridge. During that time they have raised and grazed many champions of our sport and stood some over New Zealand's best stallions over the journey.At the New Zealand Yearling Sales, the Windsor Park draft are always sought after and it's often the first stop for trainers and agents alike at inspection time. Tony picked the Shocking - Wychwood Colt on his shortlist and had to wait until the last day of the Karaka Sale to get the one he wanted for $30,000NZD.This colt caught Tony's attention as a strong athletic type with a good walk and great looks. Shocking's genetic versatility boosts his appeal at stud, having sired Stakes winners from 1400m to 3200m and an impressive 10% of his 205 winners to date have won Stakes races. It's no surprise when you look at the Sires pedigree with Street Cry and Danehill the speed and stamina influences of his sire line.The appeal of the Shocking breed is that he produces horses with speed to win races at 1400m but the toughness and versatility to get further, I'm Thunderstruck, Shock Em Ova, Defibrillate and Surprise Baby are names we are all familiar with and Tony believes with the speed influence of Green Desert on this colts maternal side, he is a colt who will be up an running as a late 2yo/early 3yo and eventually get to an optimum distance range of 1600 to 2000m.Click on the link below to view his sale page to view his photos, farm video and pedigree page. Share Price Australian Dollars: $2125.00 & GSTItemised Cost to 29th February 2024FALL OF HAMMER     $ 29,000INSURANCE               $  1,600FLIGHT TO AUS          $ 7,500FEB NZ AGISTMENT  $ 1,500NZ TRANSPORT         $ 1,250VETERINARY              $    500SALES EXPENSES     $ 1,500TOTAL COST EXCLUDING GST = $42,850.00TONY'S SUMMER SPECIAL OFFERTake a 5% share in both Yearlings from Karaka with all training fees included until February 28th 2025 for the special price of $10,000.00 & GST.    ** NO FEES UNTIL MARCH 2025**For further information or to get involved email or call Tony on 0418 102 972


Jan 16, 2024

Well, records are made to be broken and so it was when 230 highly enthusiastic Social Syndicate owners and guests descended on Mornington on a perfect New Years Day to witness not one, but two of our Social Syndicate fillies in Mystic Vamp and Socially Sassy make their much anticipated debuts.This was a record Social Syndicate turnout obliterating the previous record of around 185 at Mornington 2 years ago when La Pluie and Dazzling Lucy won successive races for us and placed a severe strain on the club's sandwich and alcohol supplies. Many who were there on New Years Day were first time owners and the excitement in the air was palpable from the moment the race club threw open the gates and our owners swarmed on to the track faster than ants at a picnic!Well we couldn't quite emulate that winning double from 2 years ago, but I think every one of our owners on course and off would have walked away confident that they have got themselves a small piece of a filly that will give them plenty to look forward to, whichever one they are involved in (or both in a number of cases). Both our girls ran super races but as we feared pre-race the wide gates both drew were less than optimal, and in the case of Mystic Vamp her racing manners probably didn't help a lot either. Nonetheless both our fillies finished off with gusto in spite of their tough runs. Socially Sassy's outstanding second had the trainer and jockey just as excited as her owners with jockey Jake Noonan,  describing her performance to owners as "Socially Sensational" when he returned to scale. "Gabby" has already gone for a scheduled break with Tony's plan being to come back and head towards metropolitan 3yo races over a bit more ground in her next prep in the late autumn / early winter.                          Mystic Vamp ("Dot") will have learnt a great deal from her day out and will continue her preparation. She has good pace and with a better gate and the experience under her belt expect her to be very competitive at her next start. As always after a big day thanks to many people - to all the team at Mornington for accommodating so helpfully and efficiently our record breaking crowd; again to our fantastic Syndicate managers for coordinating their troops so brilliantly and also to the owners of our budding Social Syndicate champs - John Frankhuisen from Cornerstone Stud in SA with Mystic Vamp, and Kris Gorrie with Socially Sassy for entrusting their horses to Tony and our thrilled crew of Social Syndicates owners. All our Social Syndicate horses are leased allowing our owners to become involved with no upfront cost and a small monthly charge to each Syndicate member.I know some of you met Kris Gorrie at the track as she took over the raceday strapping duties for her beloved Grunt filly. Her enthusiasm for "Gabby" has been infectious over recent months and her girl did not let her down first up.  I don't doubt Kris will be close at hand every time she races. And of course thanks to all our members, many of whom were at the races to see their horses for the first time. Feedback from owners on the day was terrific, but if we didn't catch you on the day I trust you had a fabulous time and where possible will be back again with your fellow Syndicate members to follow your horse wherever it races!As always to learn more about getting involved with Social Syndicates call or Email John on 0413 271235 or at   


Dec 6, 2023

Move over The Everest, The Big Dance, The Barn Dance, The Gong, etc etc. Tuesday November 14 saw Victorian racing finally fight back hard against the succession of meaningless pop up races introduced in Sydney in recent years, with the introduction of Victoria's own Everest, the Tony Noonan Social Syndicates Maiden Plate. Run over the “classic distance” of 1000 metres at prestigious Mornington Racecourse, it was won impressively by Our Cracklin Rosie, who immediately showed what a great form reference the TNSSMP (as it is already known by industry insiders) is, by heading to Moonee Valley for a repeat win at her next start. And there to bear witness to the inaugural running of this soon to be time honoured classic were over 170 of our Social Syndicate members who enjoyed an outstanding 2 course lunch, a chance to get together with fellow members and an afternoon of unparalleled excitement and  entertainment led by the maestro Tony Noonan, who by the reckoning of many there can work a crowd as well as he can train a horse.                           The day had it all as they say in the Country Racing ad. It featured competitions, prizes, the Men’s and Women’s “Fashions in the Silver Bounty Lounge”, a Punters Club, a chance to head to the Winners Bar after our race, revealing interviews by Tony with prizewinners, popular stable jockeys Jake and Dakotah and Assistant Trainer Tom Noonan and to top everything off we finished the day with musical entertainment from renowned stable duet Imogen and Clive. Imogen and Clive didn’t perform Cracklin Rosie in honour of our race winner, but they did perform another Neil Diamond classic in Sweet Caroline! Dakotah also rode Lady Tino to victory in the second leg of the Quaddy (although as an odds on fave Lady Tino destroyed our quaddy dividend!) and told us about her boxing past, gave us an update on her personal life and divulged what kind of boss Tony was. Jake gave us the secrets behind his ability to consistently ride light at 54kg this spring and it didn't involve joining us for afternoon tea.   The feedback Tony and I have had since the day has been fantastic and we look forward, with the help of current and prospective new Social Syndicate members to getting this years 170 people up to perhaps 300 for a similar event next year. THANK YOUS There are many people to thank after an event like this. Firstly thanks to Mornington Race Club and in particular Steve Wicks who worked with us so diligently to put everything together. Thanks also to the kitchen, bar and front of house staff who did such an outstanding job looking after us on the day. Thanks also to our financial supporters for the day in Kirks Hotel, Steeples Mornington and the Frankston Theatre Group who helped us out with vouchers and tickets as prizes for our winners.  Support them all with enthusiasm if you can - I want their money next year!!!! Thanks to Jake, Dakotah, Tom, Imogen and Clive for lending their time and efforts to the day, and to Caitrin Kelly from the MRC Committee who spoke to the gathering and hosted our members in the Winners Bar. And in particular thanks to all our Social Syndicate owners, whether present on the day or not, for their outstanding support – there is no doubt that those who get involved in TNR Social Syndicates are people that want to get out there and have a good time and they always turn up to Racedays, stable visits or functions like this with a full on positive attitude. In particular I’d like to thank our wonderful Syndicate Managers who as always did a spectacular job in organising their troops, collecting the money etc. Social Syndicates is a tremendous concept giving all our members the chance to share fully accredited horse ownership with friends and community members for around the price of a largish cappuccino each week, but it would not exist without the brilliant efforts of our Syndicate managers. Finally thanks also to everyone there for enthusiastically supporting Tony’s suggestion to donate the proceeds of our Punters Club (approx. $240) to the Very Special Kids charity.                                                  WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT SOCIAL SYNDICATES? As always if you were there and had a good time and think others you know deserve to be a part of it, or you weren't there but want to know more about Social Syndicates, then feel free to give me (John) a call on 0413 271235 or drop me an email at 

Our Free Spirit beats the odds on the Synthetic.

Jun 7, 2023

Once again, just when we thought he might of had enough; our stable Veteran showed us he's still got it in him.  Garfield (Our Free Spirit) jumped strongly from barrier 4 and our apprentice Dakotah Keane wasted no energy in securing the lead. The young jockey then was able to get the 6yo son of Unencumbered into a good rythym and dictate the race on his terms. With the flashback on everyones mind; of being in the exact position and unfortunately hunted down, in his last synthetic run at Pakenham. Dakotah was confident she new the right moment of when to really let him go.As he kicked away a strong hands & heels performance by the apprentice, really helped the old boy find a length, and the confidence grew and grew in both rider & horse; as Our Free Spirit flew past the finishing line winning confidently.Like most middle aged men, Our free Spirit has taken a little longer to get to peak fitness, but the entire team were cheering and shouting in the barn. Pleased their old boy coud still do it.The win brings apprentice Dakotah Keane her 5th winner, and out of the 5kg claim, now dropping to the 4kg.And a 1st win for stablehand Max, who has strapped Garfields last 4 starts.Congratulations to Mrs G A Noonan, Mr P A Doran, Mr D V Kirwin, Mr P A Stanlake, Dr L Stanlake, Mr D W Ridley, S R T Racing, Hunters And Collectors, Mr J T Barry & Mr A Westwood.His career prizemoney is now over $135,000 and is just reward for his patient connections. Tony will be intouch with the plans going foward.Well Done Garfield, Dakotah, Maxy and the rest of the TNR team!  

Surprise Packet From Melbourne Premier

Mar 9, 2023

All Tony can talk about since the curtain went down on the 2023 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale this week, is how chuffed he is to have walked away with a "steal" on the last day of the sale. The surprise packet was Lot 686, A daughter of first season sire Strasbourg, from the Fastnet Rock mare, Zero Visibility for $10,000.One thing is for sure, this filly is a 2yo through and through. Not overly big, she is a short coupled filly with a powerful hind quarter, great shoulder and deep girth. She has three strands of the Danehill breed through her pedigree and Tony sees a lot of Danehill in her looks and conformation. She has that beautiful Bay colour and medium height, typical of the breed. She is a racy 2yo type who we will not have to wait long for and we will know what ability she possesses within twelve months.Her sire Strasbourg, is a first season sire by super sire I Am Invincible and he was a Group 2 winning 2yo himself. His first yearlings have been very well received this year so far and he is throwing really strong running types and trainers are happy to have them. On the maternal side of the pedigree, the page is filled with 2yo winners from Australia and Europe and this filly is obviously typical of the family as her physique matches her pedigree and leaves you in no doubt she will be an early running type.Tony remarked after her purchase that " This filly will be up and going early and her owners will not be waiting too long for her to begin faster training as a 2yo. We do not often target 2yo types but I thought this was terrific value for $10,000 and the added carrot of Super Vobis and Vobis Gold bonuses of offer for her when she hits the track. Her X Rays and Scope are 100% and I cannot wait for her to being her education process"We have decided to offer two options for potential owners of this filly. The traditional purchase of a % share or an alternative option which offers a once off payment with no fees for the next twelve months.  Details below: OPTION 1   All In Package:   $2200.00 for 5% and NO FEES until March 1st 2024* GST included. This includes -        Purchase price of the horse -        Insurance to the total value of sale price until 8th March 2024 -        Vet, scoping and general sales expenses. -     Vobis Gold Nomination -        All expenses to 29th February 2024   Billing for the share will commence from 1st March 2024   *Does Not include Stakes Race Nominations or Extraordinary Veterinary Care & Surgery     OPTION 2   $800.00 for 5% share. Monthly training Fees   This includes -        Purchase price of the horse -        Insurance to the total value of sale price until 8th March 2024 -        Vet, scoping and general sales expenses. -        All expenses to 31st March 2023   Billing for the share will commence from 1st April 2023   Fees can be paid by Monthly account or Set Fee payment of $200.00 per month per 5% share purchased* *Set Fee Does Not include Stakes Race Nominations or Extraordinary Veterinary Care & Surgery For More information please contact:Tony     0418 102 972 orRobert  0427 666 150or email:

Blueblood At A Bargain Price

Mar 7, 2023

We are delighted to have been able to purchase this colt from Inglis Premier and believe he may be the diamond in the rough we are always looking for. This colt by Impending is a half-brother to Gr.1 winner Tuvalu, winner of the Toorak Hcap Gr.1 and placegetter in the Cantala Stakes Gr.1 & Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Gr.1. Tuvalu is one of the best performed horses currently racing here in Australia with earnings closing in on $2 Million. Impending was a star on the track and raced in the Godolphin Blue, winning the Stradbroke Hcap Gr.1 and the Kingsford Smith Stakes Gr.1 along with multiple placings in all the major Gr.1 sprint races here in Australia. His oldest progeny are 3yo's and this season he has had 21 individual winners and one of his best Impendabelle a Gr.2 winner in NZ who, like our colt is out of an Exceed N' Excel Mare.We think this horse ticks a lot of boxes, being a sibling to a Gr.1 winner and we know the Impending - Exceed N' Excel cross is already very successful. Add to that the fact that this colt is Super Vobis and Vobis Gold eligible and we are sure we are onto a winner. The fact that this colt can race for the millions of dollars on offer through the Super Vobis scheme and also being by a Victorian Sire makes him very appealing at this price range.Tony was caught by surprise when he passed in as he had valued him at a much higher price on inspection and subsequently didn't bid when the horse entered the sale ring. Tony didn't delay in meeting with the vendor afterwards to close the deal and is very pleased to have secured the colt for the stable.This horse was clean on X Ray examination and has scoped clean as a whistle and Tony's comments on the horse can be heard in the attached video from sale day. He is a fluent walker with nice girth and shoulder and if picking a negative, one would say he is a little weak behind the saddle. As a late October foal, he will continue to develop physically and grow into a really nice type.We expect this fellow to be very popular and as always first in best dressed.Shares begin at $2500.00 for 5% inclusive of GST and $5000.00 for 10% Please get in touch to secure the bargain of the sale.Tony  0418 102 972Robert 0427 666150or

Day One Delight At Melbourne Premier.

Mar 5, 2023

We are delighted to have secured this beautiful daughter of Champion Sire So You Think and Gr.1 performer Sister Madly to join the team. After visiting many of the Victorian farms in the lead up to the sales and then spending most of the past week scouring the Oaklands Sale Grounds, Tony was quite sure that this Filly was certainly the one he wanted on Day One.So You Think has risen to the top of the sire standings without too much fanfare but there is no doubt he is the premier sire in Australia getting winners at 2yo and more importantly at all distances. He was a versatile champion racehorse and is equally as successful in the breeding barn.The Dam of this filly, Sister Madly was a very talented race mare who competed throughout her career at the highest level. She was the winner of the VRC Salinger Stakes Gr.2 and two other group race wins. She was a Gr.1 placegetter on three occasions in the AJC Flight Stakes Gr.1, the MVRC Manikato Stakes Gr.1 and the SAJC Robert Sangster Stakes Gr.1. Her career as a broodmare has started well with her first four foals, all winners. This Filly is bred on the So You Think / Redoutes Choice cross which is proving to be very potent with the likes of Dargento, Inference and Illation all boasting the same cross.Tony fell in love with this filly during inspections and was delighted to hear the hammer fall to his bid. " She is a tall filly with a beautiful walk and reminds me a lot of a Mare I trained a few years back called Varenna Miss. She too, was a tall athletic filly who improved physically with age and maturity and I cannot wait for this filly to come through our system.For further information on this filly please contact callTony 0418 102972Robert 0427 666150

Our Free Spirit back in the Winners Stall at Yarra Valley

Feb 14, 2023

Our Free Spirit showed there is still life in the old buy when a convincing winner of the last race at Yarra Valley on Saturday. Aided by a good barrier and a better ride from young apprentice Lachie Overall, Our Free Spirit came away at the finish to win by a half length. This was his fourth win of his career and he has placed on another eight occasions. The 6yo son of Unencumbered is a stable favourite as he has been around a while, and he has been very proud of himself since achieving the win on the weekend. Saturday's win was his third up run and as he gets older, he takes a little longer to shed the kilos and get to peak fitness, like many of us reaching middle age. He has only had thirty career starts so we are very hopeful that there is plenty of life left in him and more wins in store.Saturday's win brings his career prizemoney over $115,000 and is just reward for his patient connections Mrs G A Noonan, Mr P A Doran, Mr D V Kirwin, Mr P A Stanlake, Dr L Stanlake, Mr D W Ridley, S R T Racing, Hunters And Collectors, Mr J T Barry & Mr A WestwoodAlso our congratulations to apprentice Lachie Overall for a terrific ride, his first ride for Tony Noonan Racing. Let's hope we can combine for many more winners in the future.Our Free Spirit is known as Garfield around the stable and has been at Greendale since his purchase as a yearling. He is a consistent galloper who always does his best on race day and is yet to crack a metro win, although coming really close last season. Tony will search through the racing calendar for his next target and lets hope he can salute once more.Well Done Garfield!