“The only sure thing about luck is it will change.”-Walter Minzer.
Martin Allan might not be familiar with the work of the American playwright, but he is hoping he is correct.
Because if there is one trainer who could mount an argument that he deserves a change in luck it could be Allan.
Since Sir Mambo won at Pinjarra last month, the Ascot-based horseman has gone 12 starts for six second placings.
But Allan is optimistic he can rebound and has two-or at worse one victory within reach at Belmont on Saturday.
His hopes rest with Night Voyage in the Glenroy Chaff Handicap (1000m) and Neurological in the Crown Perth Handicap (1400m).
Neurological came of age last campaign when he won six races. His winning haul took in the Fitzpatrick Plate (1230m) and Batavia Sprint (1300m) at Albany and Geraldton respectively.
The Gingerbread Man four-year-old was unlucky not to have finished closer to Stageman when first-up three weeks ago. He got held up at a vital stage before finishing strongly for sixth over 1200m.
The gelding, drawn to get the run of the race from barrier three for headline jockey, William Pike, is the $2.10 TAB favourite, firming from his opening quote of $2.50.
Allan is upbeat that Neurological is in for a successful campaign as he builds up to having a shot at Kalgoorlie’s feature sprint race in October.
Although beaten, he was pleased with Neurological’s first up performance.
“He got held up” Allan told The Races WA.
“He had 59.5kg and then to pick back up again I was pretty happy.
“I think he has matured a little bit and looking for 1400m now.
“He has definitely come back, that’s for sure.
“He’ll have this run and a little bit of a freshen-up.
“We are looking at getting in the Hannans Handicap and he will be a serious contender in that.”
Allan has turned to Pike and rejected a claim in a bid to end Night Voyage’s exasperating run of outs.
First-up up from a spell two weeks ago, the bay gelding ran his sixth consecutive placing when beaten a half-head by Danny George.
Pike rides Night Voyage at 60kg and starts from barrier five.
“You would love a horse like him, he is sound,” Allan said.
“He carries weight well and I thought let’s put Pikey on.
“Pikey seems to win in a photo finish and I think he will be in our favour.
‘”I think he is a genuine chance.”
Night Voyage ($3.40) holds narrow TAB favoritism over Don’t Fuss ($3.50).
Danny George and Pretentious Chant are at $6.