Neat And Tidy cleans them up at Kyneton

Nov 04, 2015

Neat And Tidy’s Kyneton win was another example of the value of a good barrier.

The mare hadn’t had much luck with barriers at her first three runs this time in but her fortune changed when she turned in a solid effort from barrier five to run third at Cranbourne on October 9.

Neat And Tidy’s luck held when she drew barrier two for her Kyneton Cup day assignment in the Adroit Insurance Group Handicap (1100m).

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra took advantage of the chance to book internationally successful jockey Kerrin McEvoy to partner the daughter of Magnus in the $23,000 contest.

McEvoy gave Neat And Tidy the perfect trip behind the speed and the four-year-old had plenty to give when the rider edged her into the clear rounding the home turn.

Neat And Tidy sprinted well to hit the front but still had a fight on her hands to hold off the chasing pack in the last 150m. However, she showed plenty of grit to get home by a half-length.

“She’s lightly-raced but she does have good ability,” Zahra said.

“She hasn’t always had things going her way but when the circumstances are in her favour, she’s good enough to capitalise and run a big race.

“She’s honest and she really showed that with her response when she was challenged. There are a few more wins in store for her yet.”

Neat And Tidy’s win was her second in eight starts while the $12,650 winner’s cheque took her earnings to more than $39,000.

Congratulations to a large group of owners that included Neat And Tidy’s breeder Domenic Romanelli and his long-time racing partner Brodie Arnhold.