Neurological Honoring Father’s Memory

24
Jan

Ascot trainer Martin Allan gets added satisfaction when Neurological is successful at the races.

And in the past five months that contentment has become common place.

Neurological is building an imposing win-loss record with five wins from his past six starts.

A fifth placing at York last November the only blemish in an otherwise flawless campaign.

With $140,000 locked away in prize money and the promise of more to come, Allan’s modest outlay to buy Neurological is reaping rewards.

With money left to him after his father sadly passed away several years ago, Allan bought the Gingerbread Man gelding for $20,000 in 2016.

Spending your inheritance on a yearling is open to risk, but for Allan, it was a no-brainer. He considered the purchase the best way to honour his dad.

“Dad passed away with Motor Neurone disease and that’s why we called him Neurological,” Allan told The Races WA.

“He loved horses and loved having a punt. He was always around racing with my brother being a jockey.

“He would be getting a thrill at what Neurological is doing and I think buying him is a great way to honour my dad.”

Allan is super confident Neurological can extend his winning form and claim the second-leg of a feature country double at Geraldton on Sunday.

After a barnstorming win in the Tabtouch-Fitzpatrick Plate (1230m) at Albany, Neurological will chase a hat trick in the Batavia Sprint (1300m).

Allan says patience has been the key to Neurlogical’s resurgent form.

“I always knew this horse had ability and that it would take time,” Allan said.

“I told the owners from the beginning to be patient and they have been terrific.

“I think he has grown another leg and improved after his win at Ascot two starts back.

“I can’t pinpoint any other reasons for his improvement other than confidence and maturity.”

Neurological has drawn barrier five in Geraldton’s major sprint. Top jockey William Pike retains the mount.

A glowing endorsement from the champion rider has boosted Allan’s confidence.

“Willie got off him in Albany and said he would be winning again next time,” Allan said.

“I think he has good claims, is well weighted and worked sensationally today (Thursday).

“1300m is his pet distance and I’m excited.

“I hope nothing goes wrong between now and Sunday.”

Allan said he would let the dust settle on Neurlogical’s campaign before plotting a course for later in the year.

“Depending on how he pulls up from Sunday the Mungrup Stud Sprint in Mount Barker looks a good race,” Allan said.

“The rescheduling of the race works in our favour.

“Beyond that I’m looking at the Hannans in Kalgoorlie.”

Julio Santarelli
www.rwwa.com.au