In the spring of 2013,one of the most talked about horses in the North Island was the Andrew and Lyn Nea trained gelding Beyond The Silence.
The son of Courage Under Fire had won five of his first nine starts along with a couple of placings and had impressed many seasoned observers with his high speed and stamina.
On the strength of those performances the decision was made by his connections to trek south for the PGG Wrightson $50,000 sales race at Kaikoura and from there to Cup week at Addington. A near enough sixth at Kaikoura was followed by a poor ninth on Cup Day and Beyond The Silence returned to the North Island to rest and lick his wounds.
A series of workouts had Beyond The Silence well primed for his new campaign when he stepped out at Alexandra Park in Auckland tonight.
Sent straight to the front from barrier three by Lyn Neal, he cruised along in front for a lap before handing up to the favourite, Russley Haste with 1200 meters to go and from there it was just a matter of zooming up the passing lane for an impressive win over the stablemate Who Dares Wins who also used the passing lane to great effect.
The time for the 2200 meters in the very windy conditions was only 2:46.3, a mile rate of 2:01.6 but they scooted home from the 800 in 56.6 and the 400 in 27.2.
From a Camtastic half sister to the former smart Fred Fletcher trained pacers Roymark ($122,461) and Precious Romance ($62,015), Beyond The Silence belongs to the family of the imported No Nukes mare Romantic 11.
Raced by the Neals with the estate of Lyn's father Frank Bebbington, Beyond The Silence looks to have a big future in front of him judging by tonights performance.