David Noonan enjoys 11 winners in November and decides to turn professional
Many congratulations to leading amateur David Noonan on an amazing November which saw him enjoy 11 winning rides including two doubles in a fortnight, one at Taunton last week and another the week before at Plumpton (below) for Neil Mulholland with ASHCOTT BOY in a thrilling finish.
David’s decision to remain amateur last season to give himself a good grounding whilst attached to David Pipe’s has paid dividends and he has now decided that the time is right for him to turn conditional. An interview with Mike Vince last year can be viewed here:
Following his recent successes, David said “Its unbelievable, especially the last few weeks, the rides and winners I’m getting. I can’t ask for more. You can’t beat practice and I’m getting plenty of it. I’d like to think I’ve impressed people over the last year or so and they’re giving me opportunities. For David to have confidence to put me up, I get a lot of confident from that and other trainers are watching. I try to watch as much racing and replays as I can and if I’m riding something I haven’t ridden I try to speak to a jockey who has ridden the horse to have a picture built.
“I suppose getting down to 5 lbs was a first milestone and a great achievement. I’ve spoken to David and my agent Dave Roberts and we feel now is the time to turn conditional.”
We wish David every success in his future professional career. Whilst David awaits his professional licence, he currently holds the leading place in the gentlemen jump jockeys’ amateur championship with an impressive 19 wins so far this amateur season with Stan Sheppard currently runner-up with 7 wins.