When he gave up his job as a high school teacher to become a thoroughbred trainer, some might have called Tony Noonan a little bit crazy.
But those people need to look beyond the time a police squadron chased him down the highway after the Straddy and the time he turned up to Mornington trials in his underwear.
Forgetting those moments however, crazy may still an accurate word to describe the meticulous nature which Tony approaches his training with.
Through his love of the horses, he thrives on the opportunity to nurture, educate and develop thoroughbreds to reach their full potential.
Tony prides himself on the excellent relationships he maintains with owners through honest communication, regular updates and a personal touch. By taking owners through their Owner’s Journey, Tony is able to share the joys he experiences every day whether it is at the races, at the stable or on the overseas trips he organises around international racing events.
When questioned about his greatest achievement, it wasn’t winning three Mornington Cups with Gunnamatta, or countless stakes victories. Instead, it is Tom, Sam, Jake and Laura – his four wonderful children whom he shares with wife Gabriel – who inspire him to wake up each morning for work at 4am.
Other success stories under Tony's care have been
Ortensia, Buccellati, Smart And Mighty, Kutchinsky, Jacqueline Rouge, Soul Diva, Varenna Miss, Piavonic, Majestic Avenue, Show No Emotion, Emlozza & Benedetti.