Annabel Neasham launches two-pronged attack on Arrowfield Sprint

Emerging trainer Annabel Neasham is adamant the $1 million Arrowfield 3YO Sprint should carry Group 1 status and she is hopeful she’s got all the bases covered in Saturday’s renewal of the set weights contest at Randwick.

Recent winners of the Group 2 race include Classique Legend in 2019, Catchy the year before that and Japonisme and Delectation in 2016 and 2015 respectively.

“It’s a genuine Group One field on Saturday,” Neasham said. “It’s a race they probably need to look at, going off the quality of it in recent years.

“When you think we’re breeding for speed so we probably should have a three-year-old Group One sprint in the autumn. This looks the ideal race.”

Neasham, who chalked up her first Group 1 win three weeks ago has two runners in the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint on Saturday.

Experienced top line colt Prague comes into the race off a six-week break having had his last start in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap down the Flemington straight-six course.

The colt by Redoute’s Choice was the first runner home on the outside of the straight when fourth in the feature sprint, beating home Saturday’s $3.40 favourite September Run.

Annabel Neasham. Photo: Toby ZernaSource:News Corp Australia

“He’s got a massive engine. A very, very talented colt,” Neasham said.

“I really think he’s a Group 1 colt in waiting. I’m sure there’s one around the corner for him.

“He just has to jump, that’s the key to him. For whatever reason he’s developed a poor habit of being tardy away. I’m just hoping Tom Marquand might be the key there.

“He was obviously a very good two-year-old but I certainly haven’t seen him go any better, that’s for sure.”

Neasham said a solid performance on Saturday could see Prague back-up in the All-Aged Stakes on Saturday week while there are a lot of options for the progressive Wisdom Of Water.

The colt by Headwater is one of the few three-year-olds around, like Prague, that has proven competitive against the older open class gallopers.

Wisdom Of Water kicked off his campaign with a solid second placing in the Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m).

“I was really pleased with that first-up run against the older horses,” Neasham said.

“He was only rated a (benchmark) 76 so he was well out of the handicap in the Star Kingdom but I loved the fight he showed.

“He was tough and I thought he was entitled to get tired. Fitter, back to his own age group and he will make his own luck.

“There’s a bit to like about him. I think he’s massively over the odds.”

TAB Fixed Odds has Wisdom Of Water at $19 and Prague is a $12 chance.

“They have very different profiles but there’s something different to like about each of them and they’re hard to split,”” Neasham said.

“Wisdom Of Water makes his own luck which makes life a bit easier but the other horse comes out of a close finish in a Group 1.

“Maybe they could even run the quinella.”

Originally published asNeasham aims for double the trouble in Arrowfield Sprint

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