During her two years in charge of Maher’s Sydney stable, Annabel has savoured several major victories and guided the careers of some exceptionally talented horses.
A classy 3-year-old in her year, the daughter of Not a Single Doubt endured a mixed 4-year-old season before turning things around in style during the Sydney autumn. She delivered Group 1 glory in the Coolmore Legacy during The Championships – a remarkable result in Ciaron Maher Racing’s first year in Sydney.
As the very first horse Neasham took north to Sydney, Dubious was always assured of a special place in her heart. The colt got the Sydney venture off to a dream start with a debut victory in the Group 3 Breeders’ Plate at Randwick in September 2018. Neasham later took him to the Gold Coast, where he ran second in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, and he added a victory in the Group 2 Champagne Classic during the Queensland Winter Carnival.
Neasham describes the 2-year-old daughter of Hinchinbrook as potentially the best she has put hands on. During a season plagued by setbacks, she showed everyone what she was capable of with a dazzling six-length victory at Rosehill in January that promoted her to Golden Slipper favouritism. She finished third in the Black Opal Stakes in Canberra in the final start of her juvenile campaign.
The son of Redoute’s Choice won three of his six starts this season, including the Canonbury Stakes and Pago Pago Stakes. He finished sixth in the Golden Slipper, then concluded his 2-year-old season with an outstanding run for second behind King’s Legacy in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes.
In an impressive display of trans-Tasman teamwork, Etah James was sent to Sydney following her fourth placing in the Auckland Cup on March 7. Five weeks later, with only a trial on the Kensington track in between, she outstayed and out-toughed her rivals for a gutsy victory in the Sydney Cup on April 11.