Neasham’s juvenile Nursery blossoming
Less than two months after snapping up Turboart at a Ready To Race sale, Annabel Neasham will saddle up the youngster in the $500,000 Inglis Nursery.
A son of first season sire Flying Artie, Neasham paid $140,000 for the half-brother to stakes winner Petits Filous and says he has done everything right since joining the stable.
The two-year-old finished runner-up at his only trial at Rosehill, although he has to contend with the outside gate in Saturday’s 14-horse field.
“He’s a very professional colt. It’s a credit to his temperament he’s gone from a Ready To Race sale to a race within about seven weeks,” Neasham said.
“He’s going to keep improving but I thought his trial was good and he deserves to line up.”
Turboart will be one of two runners for Neasham, who confirmed Ashema will take her place at Randwick, rather than in the Calaway Gal Stakes in Brisbane where she was first emergency.
By super sire I Am Invincible, the filly was runner up to Debutant Stakes winner Fake Love in her only trial appearance and has drawn to get a cosy run from barrier four.
“She has drawn really well. She should get a perfect run on the speed if she can break away cleanly,” Neasham said.
“She is a quality filly. She’s only had the one trial but she’s shown me enough to say she’s ready for a start.”
Neasham took out her trainers’ licence at the start of the season but she is well versed in the art of handling two-year-olds having previously run the Sydney stable of Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.
During her time there, the team won the Magic Millions Classic with Away Game, who also placed in the Golden Slipper.
Neasham will find herself pitted against her former boss on Saturday with Maher starting a trio of runners in the Inglis Nursery (1000m), but she says there is no extra sense of rivalry.
“I don’t think of it like that. He’s a good mate of mine obviously but he’s just another trainer. It’s like saddling up against anybody else.”