Stridyl has been working hard to create new, informative content for our visitors. We spent some time with Annabel Neasham while filming at her Warwick Farm stable yesterday. One thing that caught our eye was her love for stallion Dubious. Annabel has held a long-term relationship with the stallion. He was the first horse to arrive in Ciaron Maher’s Sydney base while Annabel held the position of an assistant trainer.
Annabel was his regular rider and accompanied him to races regularly, so she was eager to get a look at his progeny at the sales.
Annabel Neasham riding Dubious/ Image credit Needforsteed
Dubious was bred at Kitchwin Hills Farm in the Hunter Valley. He was purchased by Aquis in conjunction with Ciaron Maher Racing for $350,000 as a yearling. He is a son of Not A Single Doubt out of a French staying mare Suspicieuse. Dubious most impressive performances include his win in the Group 2 Champagne Classic as well as his win in the Group 3 Breeders Plate. Upon his retirement, he stood as a stallion at Aquis Stud Canungra property. However in April this year, Kitchwin Hills Stud announced that Dubious was going full circle. He was returning to the Hunter Valley to take his place as their second stallion to join their roster for this year.
His new stud fee was announced at $15,400 (inc GST) and he covered 143 mares last season with plenty of prominent buyers snapping them up at the sales. Annabel Neasham purchased three at this year’s sale.
- MM yearling sale: Lot 638 Dubious X Azyaan for $80,000 with Stiletto Sprinters
- MM yearling sale: Lot 468 Dubious x Thisisus for $500,000 with Justin Fung/Aquis Stallions Pty Ltd
- CL yearling Sale: Lot 44 Dubious x Secret’s Snake for $80,00 with Lizzie Jelfs
At this week’s official two-year-old trials Annabel unleashed the first Dubious offspring to grace the track. The 500,000 yearling out of Thisisus purchased at Magic Millions has now been named Deputized. Although he didn’t win his trial he demonstrated great precociousness and looked to be a smart individual. He crossed the line with his ears pricked and Annabel anticipates he will take plenty of improvement from that. Annabel claims he is the spitting image of his sire. She describes him as one of her stand-out two-year-olds and one to look out for in the future. Annabel will assess how he pulls up and he may well take his place in the Breeders Plate next week.
Annabel with Deputize whilst filming her stable tour.
Next week on Stridyl
You will be able to watch the full feature on Annabel’s Stable Tour next week on Stridyl’s entertainment library. Tune in to hear about her stable stars, two-year-olds to follow and what the future for Annabel Neasham looks like.
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