Abbey Marie has broken through for a maiden win at the highest level in only her third career start this afternoon; producing a perfectly-timed sprint to win the featured Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville this afternoon.
Abbey Marie had not raced over a distance greater than 1440m leading into the Australasian Oaks, but interestingly figured as outright second-favourite to win the fillies’ feature this afternoon.
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Luke Nolen elected to take a position within the capacity field as Jacqui’s Joy, Bengal Cat and Lopartega took up the early running.
Rounding onto the straight back and with plenty to do, Nolen found a gap between runners with 400m to run and a clear line to the finish; asking for an extra effort late and greeted with a particularly scintillating turn of foot to pip race favourite Silent Sedition on the line.
Trialling well in the lead-up to her competitive debut, Abbey Marie immediately stamped herself as a filly to follow when taking out the Cove Hotel Maiden (1300m) at Ladbrokes Park by a length on March 23rd.
Caught wide in the JRA BM70 (1440m) from the outside at Caulfield a fortnight ago, the Redoute’s Choice filly perhaps gave her best indication of what was to follow when charging clear and savaging the line for a near-two length success, regardless of the horror run in transit.
Silent Sedition remained on the top line of Australasian Oaks betting all week and appeared to have the race sewn-up with 200m to run, before being pipped on the line.
The War Chant filly contested a far-more tradition lead-up to this afternoon’s feature race at Morphettville; taking out the Listed Bendigo Guineas (1400m) on March 19th and running second in a talent-rich Sandown minor over a mile on April 9th before winning the Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) a fortnight ago.
Local hope C’est Beau La Vie produced a typically gutsy performance to finish third in the Australasian Oaks; beating smart David Hayes and Tom Dabernig runner Sacred Eye by half a length.
Punters who backed Abbey Marie with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au have been paid out on a generous quote of $7 for success this afternoon.
2016 Australasian Oaks Results
|1||14||ABBEY MARIE||Michael Kent||Luke Nolen||–||2||56kg||$7|
|2||6||SILENT SEDITION||Andrew Noblet||Craig Williams||0.4L||5||56kg||$4F|
|3||7||C’EST BEAU LA VIE||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Jason Holder||1.2L||10||56kg||$12|
|4||4||SACRED EYE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||1.8L||13||56kg||$16|
|5||2||ARCADIA DREAM||Grant Williams||William Pike||2.4L||16||56kg||$7.50|
|6||3||BELIEVE||Anthony Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||2.8L||11||56kg||$8|
|7||12||BELUGA BLUE||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Clare Lindop||3.2L||8||56kg||$19|
|8||5||FIRST IMPRESSIONS (NZ)||Grant Williams||Glenn Smith||3.4L||9||56kg||$26|
|9||10||COMPRENDE||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur||4.6L||12||56kg||$41|
|10||1||PASADENA GIRL (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||5.5L||4||56kg||$10|
|11||9||ASINARA||John O’Shea||Glen Boss||6.8L||14||56kg||$13|
|12||8||BENGAL CAT||John Sadler||Thomas Sadler (a)||6.9L||15||56kg||$9.50|
|13||15||THE GREY FLASH||Robbie Laing||Joe Bowditch||7.4L||1||56kg||$101|
|14||13||JACQUI’S JOY (NZ)||Mitchell Beer & Max Hinton||Mark Zahra||8.2L||7||56kg||$51|
|15||11||LOPARTEGA||Doug Harrison||Ibrahim Gundogdu||9.9L||3||56kg||$31|
|16||16||RIVERINA BELLA||John & Chris Ledger||Craig Newitt||10.2L||6||56kg||$51|