No one has to remind her of the quality of the opposition, headed by the mighty Golden Sixty which is aiming for his third consecutive LONGINES Hong Kong Mile victory.
But she is excited by the challenge of her first international runner in the HK$30 million race.
“I haven’t had an overseas runner before and obviously Hong Kong is somewhat seen as the pinnacle of racing, so I’m privileged to be invited,” Neasham said.
“It probably helps as a lot of the connections of the horse are based in Hong Kong and they are all pretty excited.
“He has been on the plane before and has some pretty game owners, so they are up for the challenge.”
And while everyone knows the task is a tough, the stable is confident that with some luck and a good gate her horse, will perform well after being freshened and appreciate dropping back to 1600m with the blinkers on.
Touted as a potential stallion prospect, Neasham said that already being a G1 winner in France, they’d love to achieve that ultimate aim in Australia to cement a place at stud for the son of Power.
As an accomplished equestrian rider in eventing, show jumping and hunting, Neasham fell for the British jumps scene, following National Hunt events such as the famed Cheltenham Festival.
Keen to stay in the horse industry, Neasham sought a career which would allow her to continue working in the equine industry and earn a living from it and eventually turned her attention to flat racing.
She spent six months working for Gai Waterhouse in Sydney and then moved to Melbourne for Ciaron Maher before he opened stables at Warwick Farm and appointed Neasham as his assistant trainer but she later branched out on her own.
Neasham has always been up for a challenge and there is no better example of this than winning the 2018 Mongol Derby with Australian horse breaker Adrian Corby.
Riders spend 13 to 14 hours a day in the saddle to complete the 1000km race along the Mongolian Steppe in 10 days, using between 30 to 40 semi-wild horses that are swapped at stations, the homes of herders, every 40 kilometres.
Having achieved that, Neasham is ready for her next adventure.