A big weekend for the Neumanns
Long-time stable clients Alan and Ian Neumann have had a quiet run by their standards of late, but that has well and truly changed over the past five days with two wins at Addington on Thursday night and a further win at Rangiora this afternoon with last season's top two year old filly Passion And Power.
The winning run for the two started at Addington on Thursday, with the debutante Highgrove successful. Purchased for $34,000 out of last year's National Yearling Sale, Highgrove is by Love You out of Focus On Me and is a half brother to Trips On Me (5 wins) and My Sky (4 wins). The Neumanns race the gelding in partnership with Alan's son Vinnie, Ian's daughter Emma and Brent Clarke.
Having trialled well before the debut run, there was plenty of confidence in the camp about a good performance first up. Reasonably away from his inside barrier, Highgrove was soon sent forward by John to take the lead. He always travelled well in front and coasted to the line a five and a half length winner in 2.34.3 for the 1980m mobile trip. He looks sure to be a big player in upcoming two year old features if this run is any indication.
Highgrove was stylish winner in two year old company
Alluring Tyron had shown plenty of promise as a two year old, racing in the best company. She certainly appreciated sidestepping some of the better performed three year olds defeating a field of non winners in Race Three, also over the 1980m. From a well performed family, Alluring Tyron has always had plenty going for her and the nature of her four length victory suggests she will be one to follow through the late summer and early autumn.
Away well from barrier five, Alluring Tyron was soon able to cross to the lead. On her own out in front, she travelled a treat. Asked to quicken from the 400m, she soon found a gap of two lengths on the opposition. Let slide turning in, that margin quickly increased to four lengths in an emphatic winning performance, the last 800m in 58.3, the last 400m in 28.0.
Alluring Tyron too good for a field of non-win trotters
The final winner for the Neumanns came today, in the last race at Rangiora in the shape of Passion And Power. The now three year old, Art Major filly was the dominant force in the two year old filly ranks last season, winning her first three starts in emphatic fashion, before a miss in her big target the Group Two Delightful Lady Classic, a race in which she had plenty of excuses when being beaten into 4th.
Passion And Power resumed as a three year old in September and took on the best fillies in the land in her first four starts back. She had excuses in at least two of these races, as she did also, when a close up 10th at Addington, back from a break last week.
Today at Rangiora, Passion And Power lacked pace off the gate early from a good draw, and was just ahead of midfield at the 1200m. Sent forward at pace by John from the 1000m, she went quickly to the lead and had the field well stretched out at the 600m. Given rein by John at the 400m, she quickly found a couple of lengths, and was strong all the way to the line, in a two and three quarter length win.
The Neumanns are joined in the ownership of Passion And Power by Christine and Judy Neumann, as well as John Slack and Sue Langdon. Today's win may not have been in town hall company, but will be a much needed confidence booster as she heads into the big autumn racing.
Passion And Power gets her 4th win from just the ten starts
Mataderos was the stable's other winner today, gaining his 5th win in just eight starts since crossing the Tasman, all of which have been on his favoured grass track circuit. Away well today, he was sent forward inside the last lap to find the lead and kept going strongly to the line, a two and a quarter length winner.
Mataderos gains win five since crossing the Tasman
With the four wins over the weekend the Robert Dunn team have extended the premiership lead to 22 wins, with already 75 wins on the board. John has continued a good run in the cart and has 77 wins to his name for the season.
Photo: Amberley Trotting Club
Posted: Mon 08 Feb 2021