The Brooklyn Brawler provides winning tonic for Alan Neumann

The Brooklyn Brawler provides winning tonic for Alan Neumann

He would much rather have been down at Wyndham yesterday, cheering home The Brooklyn Brawler, but instead part-owner Alan Neumann was sitting in hospital in Auckland with son Vinnie watching the race on the I Pad. But if ever Alan wanted a bit of a pick me up, then his two year colt must have known, as he bloused away a good field in the Group Three Kindergarten Stakes, a performance that suggested there is a lot more fun in store before the season is over.

Purchased out of the Premier Yearling sales in Christchurch last year by Alan and his brother Ian, The Brooklyn Brawler was the only race winner in the race having won up at Alexandra Park in early December. However, after a miss in his next start after drawing badly, The Brooklyn Brawler returned south after a short break to run in the Sapling Stakes at Ashburton, a race in which he was a brave second behind Cole Porter after being gunned down late in the race.

Heading into yesterday's race John was confident with both prospects - The Brooklyn Brawler and Tuapeka Trick. He felt that the draws would probably swing things the way of the former and that is how it played out.

After starting well, The Brooklyn Brawler was sent forward to the lead after 400m, while stablemate Tuapeka Trick was well spotted in the one-one. While attended to his outside by the Paul Kerr trained Alta Shelby, The Brooklyn Brawler always looked to be travelling well within himself. However, it was a 30.3 second quarter down the back that ultimately proved the winning of the race. He eventually held on for a strong win by half a length over the favourite The Devils Own, with Tuapeka Trick a neck behind in third.

While he was at the other end of the country, you can just imagine the smile on Alan Neumann's face after the week that he had.

"Dad had an operation during the week and needs to take things easy for awhile, so it was definitely the tonic he needed," said son Vinnie.

John was delighted by the runs of both two year olds and continues to be excited about the juveniles that he and father Robert have at their disposal this year.

John's brother Dexter was also stoked with the run of his drive Tuapeka Trick.

"He's a really nice horse now and I think that he is going to be an even better three year old."

"I thought that we were travelling like a winner down the back, but then Johnny got a cheap quarter and that just made it too hard to run him down."

For Westview manager Nigel Armstrong, the third placing of Tuapeka Trick was as good as a win.

"There was about seven of us that went down for the race and you could probably hear as yelling on the tv, me anyway," said Nigel.

"John reckons we could sell the horse for big money, but we are in for the long ride. His brother Galactic Star won again last night and he just seems to be getting better and better, so lets hope it is the same with this one."

A couple of races later and Franco Cristiano gave the Neumann's a strong hand in the Wyndham Cup. However, after beginning well and leading, before handing up to eventual winner Titan Banner, Franco Cristiano was struggling before the home turn, quickly dropping out. Following the race the horse was vetted and was found to have a high heart rate and a slow recovery. More will become clear in the next few days.

It was better news at today's Cheviot meet for the Neumann's though as their trotter Agatha Tyrone was a convincing winner in the hands of Johnny Morrison.

Article by Mike Drury (Thanks to Bruce Stewart for the photo)

Posted: Sun 05 Mar 2017