In 2016, Annabel took up the opportunity to travel to Australia – for what was meant to be a working holiday. She never left, and now can’t imagine being anywhere else.
After six months with Gai Waterhouse, Annabel relocated to the Caulfield stable of Ciaron Maher. Learning from one of the best horsemen in the country, Annabel was able to work with quality Group 1 winners such as Jameka and Merchant Navy.
Maher soon put her in charge of the Sydney branch of the stable, which was established in 2018.
Under Annabel’s watch, the stable recorded more than 50 victories in New South Wales in its first two seasons and unveiled a string of high-quality young horses such as Dubious, Prague, Away Game, Holyfield and Cellsabeel.
The strong results paint a clear picture of Neasham’s training talents. Her two years at the helm of Ciaron Maher Racing’s Sydney stable have also familiarised her with her surroundings at Warwick Farm, where she was granted 36 boxes to begin her solo training career in the 2020-21 racing season.