Queensland Oaks Next for The Roses Winner Kebede

Country outsider Kebede has broken through for a classy black type win at Doomben this afternoon; producing an impressive all-round effort to win the Group 2 The Roses (2000m).

Kebede produced a career-best performance to date to win the Group 2 The Roses at Doomben this afternoon. Photo: Daniel Costello

Kebede produced a career-best performance to date to win the Group 2 The Roses at Doomben this afternoon. Photo: Daniel Costello

Kebede carried strong form into The Roses following a number of impressive performances through recent weeks, but was interestingly rated virtually no chance of success this afternoon at $31 odds.

Jumping from the gates well, jockey Jim Byrne allowed the filly to stride forward and take an ideal position on the heels of early leaders Lyricist, Self Esteem and Imposing Lass, as race favourite Falkenberg all but dealt herself out of contention after standing in barriers.

Experiencing a care-free run in transit, the Redoute’s Choice filly was momentarily blocked upon arriving at the final straight, but summoned an impressive turn of foot when pulled wide and hit the line a comfortable length in the clear of closest rival Sebring Sally.

Byrne delivered a gem of a ride on Kebede to win The Roses this afternoon, and believes she will be very tough to beat in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) in a fortnight.

“Since I jumped on this horse, she’s always earmarked herself for an Oaks or something like that,”

“I was surprised she kept drifting in the market, it was a great run last time and I thought it was too short.

“She’s had a great run, has put herself in Oaks contention and I think she’s a live chance.

“She won’t be bothered by it at all. Today most of the speed was out wide, and I thought that if they did go forward and there was a bit of speed, it would go for long. Sure enough, that’s how it panned out.”

Trainer Matt Dunn has been thrilled with the form and class displayed by Kebede through her short racing career so far and is confident she can continue the run through the Queensland Oaks.

“I was a bit surprised she was the price she was, because she’s been very consistent right the way through,” Dunn said.

“She’s probably been a victim of slow tempos and I really liked the way she quickened today, because she probably hasn’t had that her last couple of starts.

“We were looking to get to a mile and a half last start, so anything she did on the way through was going to be a bonus, and this was a big one.

“It was only a few starts ago she won a Grafton maiden, so to go from there to where she is now, every time we’ve asked a big more she’s found a bit more.”

In taking out The Roses 2016, Kebede has posted four wins and two minors through only nine career starts.

2016 The Roses Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 10 KEBEDE Matthew Dunn Jim Byrne 7 56.5kg $19
2 8 SEBRING SALLY Chris Waller Glen Colless 0.2L 9 56.5kg $101
3 3 IMPOSING LASS (NZ) Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 1.5L 15 56.5kg $4.60F
4 5 SELF ESTEEM Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 1.6L 12 56.5kg $9
5 2 LOOK TO THE STARS David Vandyke Blake Spriggs 2.4L 4 56.5kg $21
6 7 DAWNIE PERFECT Clarry Conners Kerrin McEvoy 2.6L 11 56.5kg $19
7 11 FALKENBERG Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Browne 3.1L 5 56.5kg $5
8 4 ALASKAN ROSE (NZ) Michael Moroney Robbie Fradd 3.4L 13 56.5kg $26
9 9 CHANDANA Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 4.7L 8 56.5kg $7
10 12 DULVERTON Robert Smerdon Thomas Sadler (a) 5.1L 1 56.5kg $31
11 14 THEMIS Gai Waterhouse Blake Shinn 5.2L 16 56.5kg $26
12 1 AMBIENCE John O’Shea James McDonald 6L 3 56.5kg $5.50
13 6 QUEEN OF WANDS Clarry Conners Michael Cahill 6.8L 10 56.5kg $19
14 15 MYSTIC OPAL Chris Anderson Brad Stewart 7.6L 14 56.5kg $81
15 13 BACKSTREET LOVER Jason Warren Paul Hammersley 11.1L 2 56.5kg $51
16 16 LYRICIST Toby Edmonds Jeff Lloyd 12.6L 6 56.5kg $21

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