‘She’s only going to improve’: Annabel Neasham stable has eye on future with Aemelius

Ray Thomas - Saturday 25th May

The Annabel Neasham-trained Aemelius made winning look routine with a seemingly effortless last-to-first sweep at Royal Randwick on Saturday … and it could secure a Brisbane winter mission.

Aemelius made winning look routine with a seemingly effortless last-to-first sweep at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Trainer Annabel Neasham may consider a Brisbane winter carnival campaign for Aemelius after her impressive win in the Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation Handicap (1200m).

The filly does hold an entry for the Group 1 JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm on June 15 but that might come too soon for her as she only just broke her maiden with the Randwick win.

But Neasham does hold a good opinion of Aemelius’s emerging potential and she could end up in Group 1 races next season.

“Aemelius is a beautiful filly, she’s got a really nice temperament and handles training really well,’’ stable representative Rob Archibald said.

“It’s nice to see her put that together today and she is only going to continue to improve as she matures.

“We will see how she comes through it but we could potentially look to Queensland but we have always thought she was going to be a really nice three-year-old.

“So, if she comes through it really well we might give consideration to giving her another run, or we might just put her away and bring her back as a spring filly for that nice (Princess) Series. She is a smart filly in the making.”

Aemelius ($12) gave her eight rivals a start from the turn but finished strongly down the centre of the course under Alysha Collett to win by nearly a length from the unlucky Swiftfalcon ($8) with early leader Pisces ($2.70 favourite) a half length away third.

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