Sentrack - 29th February 2024

Trainer Annabel Neasham has provided an update on boom filly Learning To Fly.

Group 1 racing returns to Sydney for the Surround Stakes and it looks Learning To Fly’s to lose after a brilliant first-up run.

The once Golden Slipper favourite returned from that pastern injury a fortnight ago in the Light Fingers and she looked the winner at the top of the straight largely thanks to a terrific ride from Chad Schofield.

She was eventually nabbed on the line by Kimochi but Neasham couldn’t have been happier given she’d been off the scene for 12 months.

“It was a really good performance first-up and it was probably as good a losing ride as you’ll ever see but she seems to have come through that run really well,” Neasham told SENTrack’s Giddy Up.

Should punters expect to see a flatter performance second-up up to 1400m with only two weeks between runs?

Neasham concedes that that is a legitimate query given her history.

“Her work has improved and it’s only two weeks between runs from a long layoff and that’s probably the only query, but I can’t fault her at home,” Neasham added.

“She looks great, she’s bright and well and I think the barrier looks perfect as well.

“I can’t see the 1400m being an issue, she obviously hasn’t been out to it yet but she’s always been pretty strong towards the end of her races but we’ll find out on Saturday but I’ve never thought it would be a worry.”

Schofield will retain the ride at Randwick on Saturday and she’s drawn perfectly in six.

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