Noonameena puts Dubbo behind her

NOONAMEENA rediscovered her best form in the firm going at Tamworth on Monday.

The Leon Davies-trained filly, a nine-length 12th of 13 at Dubbo at her previous run, put that disappointment behind her to slice through the middle of the field and win the Yellowglen Class 1 Handicap (1400m) by a half length from the Mark Hatch-trained Rothcote.

Noonameena was having just her fifth start yesterday.

Her first win had come at Coonamble on march 11 over 1100m, Davies said. “She missed the start by five lengths,” he recalled.

“Then we took her to Dubbo on a heavy track but she didn’t handle it one bit.”

“We took her back for some barrier practice last week,” he said.

“Gibbo (Andrew Gibbons) rode her well but she does go good. Her owners were wanting to take her up to Brisbane for the winter carnival. She’s bred to go over 2000m. Her half sister, Up And Over, won four or five races for me too.”

He will see how she pulls up before making any firm plans with the daughter of Oratorio.

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