Neasham’s sisters are doin’ it for us on Oaks Day

The familiar Lady Laguna will take her place in the Group 3 Red Roses Stakes tomorrow with her half-sister Lindelago also on the Flemington card, set to make her debut in the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes.

Now a 3yo, Lady Laguna kicked off her racing career this time last year with a win at Eagle Farm. She won again soon after and has only been seen since at black-type level, recording multiple placings.

Lady Laguna running 2nd in the Atlantic Jewel Stakes at The Valley in September 2022

Now deep into her prep, the daughter of Overshare will race in the Group 3 Red Roses Stakes (Race 9) fifth up at Flemington with Michael Dee booked to ride at 56kg. She will jump from barrier 10 in a field of 16.

Trainer Annabel Neasham says “She had a look down the straight at Flemington and worked well. She looks unbelievable, probably as good as she’s looked condition wise all campaign. We freshened her up and spaced out her races and hopefully that can be a reward for her. I look forward to seeing her race Thursday.”

See the full field and all race details here.

Half-sister Lindelago will run earlier in the day in Race 2, the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes for two-year-old fillies. She will be ridden by John Allen with 56kg and jump from barrier 18.

As a November foal we didn’t expect to see her at the official trials and races this early, but she has continued to step up over the past few weeks and we look forward to having her at the races. Trainer Annabel Neasham loved the 2yo’s trial and said “She responded very well when the rider gave her a squeeze and did everything she was asked. She has a very good temperament and takes everything in her stride, I think we’re gonna have a lot of fun with her.”

Lindelago showing a promising performance in first official trial at Warwick Farm in October 2022

Neasham says she likes to travel them early on to give them a bit more experience, which is what she has done with Lindelago. “She arrived well at Flemington and settled in good. She had a little trot and canter around the track and obviously had a bit of a look around as you’d expect, but her last piece of work on Saturday was very good.”

See the full field and all race details here.

Best of luck to all involved!