Busy weekend produces four wins for the stable
While things have been a bit quiet on the winners front the last couple of weeks, this weekend has been a far better one with four wins coming over the course of a busy weekend.
The winning run started at Addington on Thursday night with Cmeerock. A very capable mare, she had some unlucky prior runs heading into Thursday night and looked a big chance if she was able to overcome a tricky second line draw. Some nifty driving by Ross Houghton early on saw the Rocknroll Hanover 4yr old get off the rail, but on a hot early pace she was well back in the field. Momentarily parked, she was able to slot into a good one-one sit from the 1900m on the back of the warm favourite Blade.
With a strong pace up front throughout, there were no moves in the race thereafter and Cmeerock got the type of run that she has been waiting on. Pulled out of the one-one turning for home, she quickly went up to and past Blade and was never extended in the run to the line winning by one and a half lengths in 3.12.6 for the 2600m, a 1.59.1 mile rate for her owners the Forrests and Luke Radich. This win was her second in 16 starts and she does look certain to go on with things over the summer.
Great drive Ross Houghton - Cmeerock home for win two of her career
Other good runs on the night came from Living Legend, second in the amateurs race for Ray Reekie, Billy Badger, that flashed home for 4th after having no luck for Gavin Smith and Hayden's Meddle that was bombed late after looking likely to give Ross Houghton a double for the night until the very last stride in the last race.
Onto Friday night and the stable representation was at Alexandra Park. Two year old The Brooklyn Brawler was well supported as second favourite in Race One, behind a dominating favourite in The Bus. However, when that runner was scratched pre-race, The Brooklyn Brawler became the hottest of favorites in the four horse contest.
After leading throughout, the son of Art Major was hotly challenged by the Paul Court runner Royal Tribute from the 200m. That runner momentarily looked to run away from them. However, The Brooklyn Brawler lived up to his name digging in for the fight over the last 100m, to get back on terms and then he got his nose in front where it counted, right on the line.
The third foal out of the handy race mare So Green, The Brooklyn Brawler was purchased for $45,000 at this year's Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch by great supporters of the Robert Dunn stable in Alan and Ian Neumann.
The Brooklyn Brawler delivered the knockout punch in two year old company
Further success would come for the Neumann's later in the evening when the very good racehorse Franco Cristiano that they share in the ownership of, resumed over the 2200m. Back at the track for the first time on racenight since the Breeders Crown back in August, Franco Cristiano (in picture) was well supported on the tote, but had an awkward draw to overcome early.
Sent forward, he had a dig for the early lead, before securing a perfect run in the trail behind the Cran Dalgety trained On The Rantan. Heading off the back the last time, he was rough in his gait and broke, losing close to four lengths in the process. However, showing the true class that he possesses, he really started to close hard once in the straight and over the last 200m, really let down, coming with a paralysing finish that saw him draw in the leaders, before going on to a very impressive win by just under a length in 2.41.2 for the 2200m, a 1.57.9 mile rate.
Friday's win was Franco Cristiano's 9th from just the 15 race starts. He has always been regarded in the very highest echelon by Robert and John and his win only adds to that reputation. He looks set for a super summer.
Franco Cristiano is so good winning has 9th race from just 15 race starts
Onto Saturday night at Addington and it was Letspendanitetogetha that did the damage in the junior's for Craig Smith. Caught wide for the first 600m of the race, it was not until the 1400m, that Letspendanitetogetha was able to get down to the parked out position. Just over a round out though, he was given the perfect sit by Mighty Empire that went around to breeze.
Heading down the back the last time and Letspendanitetogetha still seemed to be travelling but was pocketed as stablemate Dancing In The Dark moved forward three wide. Turning for home and Craig looked to pull wide with his run, but instead gambled on a gap appearing on the inside. Initially denied that gap, it eventually appeared at the 100m and he charged through to register win four of his 16 start career for owners Reg Storer and Terry McDonald, in a smart 2.20.8 for the 1950m, really proving his toughness in the process. Dancing In The Dark fought well for Matt Purvis, finishing up in third place .
In a great drive from Craig "Lickety" Smith, Letspendanitetogetha is too tough for his rivals
Posted: Sun 11 Dec 2016