Trainer Tony Noonan hoping for dry Kembla Grange

Tony Noonan

Tony Noonan

Visiting trainer Tony Noonan will have his fingers crossed the rain clouds can hold off on the Illawarra on Saturday.

The Victorian horseman has travelled north to Kembla Grange looking for drier ground after a torrid few weeks of weather in his home state.

But it seems the grey clouds have followed him north.

While it isn't likely to see the track downgraded too much, rain is predicted to fall on Saturday on the South Coast, where Noonan is to make a rare visit.

The trainer will send out Temple Tilt (race four) and Calibrate (race eight) at Kembla Grange.

"Both of these horses are just young horses which are lightly raced and the [NSW] stake money on a Saturday is $22,000, while in Melbourne they are all $15,000, so it is well worth the try," he said.

"We have had a lot of rain and you have had no rain, so the tracks are obviously in better order up there."

Temple Tilt had a run at the Illawarra Turf Club 11 days ago, finishing third behind All Salsa.

Noonan expects the gelding will make good improvement from the run when he contests a Maiden (1200m) on Saturday.

"He is still learning the craft but is going nicely and I expect him to be hard to beat on his run the other day," Noonan said.

The three-year and his stablemate both come from good pedigree, with Temple Tilt a half-brother to Whobegotyou.

Stablemate Calibrate is a half-brother to Criterion and will run in a Class 2 (1300m) after running at Warwick Farm over the mile on July 2.

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