Annabel Neasham is set to kick off her training career with talented first-starter Commanding Missile (Smart Missile) in Tuesday’s Segenhoe CG&E Maiden H. at Scone.
After two years and multiple big-race successes at the helm of the Sydney branch of the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable, Neasham has gone out on her own and opened a stable at Warwick Farm. She has been granted 40 boxes at the Western Sydney racecourse.
“Being officially out on my own now and having my first runner tomorrow, it’s a very exciting time in my career,” Neasham said.
“It’s all gone really well so far. I’m still just settling in at the moment, but I’m fortunate to have a great team of staff around me already.
“We’ve got plenty of nice horses, and we’ll have about 20 in work to begin with. Many of those are young ones coming through, but it’s great to have this horse Commanding Missile. He’s a three-year-old, so he’s a little bit older than some of the others and he’s ready to get up and running straight away.
“I feel right at home at Warwick Farm. It’s a great training facility, and especially for younger horses. It’s what I know, and I think for any young trainer it’s important to start out with what you know. It’s not easy to get boxes in Sydney, but I’ve been very fortunate and the opportunity has presented itself.
“I’ll be looking to build my client base from there. The doors will be open, and I’ll try to target some nice tried horses. Then I’ll really work hard at the sales.”
Commanding Missile, who holds nominations for the G1 Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas, will be ridden by Brodie Loy on Tuesday. He has drawn gate two for the 1100-metre event.
“Everyone dreams that their first runner will be a winner,” Neasham said. “It’s no easy task to make that happen, but we’ll go there and give it our best shot.
“He’s a really nice horse owned by Mr Ma, who bought him after he won a trial at Randwick in July. He’s changed hands a few times, but he’s definitely shown some ability in his trials.
“We decided to give him one more trial after we got him, just to try to teach him to race in amongst horses.
“His fitness is good. He’s a bit quirky and is still quite raw and green, he’s got a lot to learn. But he’s definitely shown plenty of ability. We’re hoping tomorrow will be a nice experience for him, he’ll learn from it and improve on further down the track.”