Rugby mates combine for success with miracle horse
Brothers Alan and Ian Neumann have been involved in the racing game for many years, enjoying success with any number of runners. Come sales time last year and they decided that they wanted to share their interest with some good mates from their rugby playing days. They purchased three yearlings - Heroes Square, He's Aflyin and the first of the three to get to the races last night, Down To The Bone, formerly known as Assassin's Creed.
The impressively named Assassin's Creed always looked a nice type from the beginning. However, as Alan's son Vinnie explains, he had a real issue with fences and finding trouble.
"I think that there were about four incidents that involved him and fences."
"It was the third of these though that did the real damage and led to the name change, Down To The Bone."
"Looking at the photos he is very lucky to be alive, let alone get to the racetrack."
Despite all of this, Down To The Bone came through adversity and started to shape up with Heroes Square as one of the most promising of the stable's two year olds for the season.
But again, a fence incident while with John at the beach almost sealed his fate once and for good.
"That just opened things up again and if it wasn't for our amazing vet Sam Taylor, well he just wouldn't be alive, let alone racing tonight."
"Once Sam had finished his work with him, he was looked after so well by Annabelle at Beaufort Downs. Between the two of them, we owe them massively."
Patched up and with another chance, the horse now known as Down To The Bone returned to John at Woodend looking to get his promising race career back on track.
A qualifying trial third at the start of the month, followed by a nice third a week later suggested that he was well on track for his debut run.
Driven quietly off the gate last night from his wide draw, Down To The Bone settled in the rearward few, before heading forward into the rain and strong southerly with just under a lap to go. By the 800m, he had breasted up outside the leader and favourite Chubby Checker. Turning in and it looked a match in two between the pair and so it proved. In a grinding finish, Down To The Bone unsurprisingly was too tough, in a closing last 800m in 57.8.
So despite all the setbacks and heartache along the way, good mates are now successful owners together. Well done to the Neumanns, Stu Leadley, Geoff Evans, Brent Clarke, Simon McDonnell and Graeme Fechney and of course RJ, who also shares in the ownership. It looks like you are going to have some fun with this fella.
The Westview owned Flashazz was also in the race and ran home alright for sixth, on a night that made it difficult to come from the back.
The only other runner for the night was Jay Tee Tyron in Race Three. After leading throughout, he succumbed late in the piece to Jazzy Star that stormed home after finding a gap late.
Posted: Sat 20 Jul 2019