Kenedna withstands protest to win the Roses

The Darren Weir trained Kenedna had to withstand a protest after producing a first class trial for the Queensland Oaks with a tough win in the Group 2 $175,000 The Magic Millions Roses (2000m) at Doomben today.

Kenedna, above winning in Adelaide in April, had to withstand a protest to win The Roses at Doomben. Photo by Jenny Barnes.

Kenedna, above winning in Adelaide in April, had to withstand a protest to win The Roses at Doomben. Photo by Jenny Barnes.

Jockey James Doyle who was second past the post on the Chris Waller trained Oklahoma Girl but fired in a protest against John Allen on first past the post Kenedna after the fillies bumped on several occasions in the straight with only a short neck between them on the line.

After both jockeys gave evidence in the stewards’ room, the protest was dismissed.

Kenedna and Oklahoma Girl are certain to meet again in the Group 1 $500,000 Treasury Brisbane Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 3.

Jockey John Allen settled Kenedna ($3 favourite) mid-field and the filly finished strongly down the middle of the track to hold off Oklahoma Girl ($8.50) who was also strong to the line.

Outsider Perilous Love ($31) ran home for third place.

Weir was pleased to see Kenedna hold her form after finishing second to Egg Tart in the Group 1 $500,000 Schweppes Oaks (registered as Australasian Oaks) (2000m) at Morphettville on May 6.

“Had a lovely run throughout the race. As long as she was finding the line that was the plan,” Weir said.

The Chris Waller trained Oklahoma Girl also handled the step up to the 2000m after coming off a last start third over 1800m in a BenchMark 78 Handicap at Rosehioll on May 6.

The Roses Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 2 KENEDNA Darren Weir John Allen 3 56.5kg $3F
2 5 OKLAHOMA GIRL Chris Waller James Doyle 0.2L 11 56.5kg $8.50
3 8 PERILOUS LOVE Scott Morrisey Opie Bosson 1.5L 5 56.5kg $31
4 12 SHENANDOAH (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Blake Shinn 1.6L 12 56.5kg $31
5 13 MIA ROSA Michael Moroney Tim Clark 1.9L 14 56.5kg $26
6 4 INVINCIBELLA Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 2.4L 1 56.5kg $8
7 11 LIPSTICK LOVER Tony Gollan Robbie Fradd 2.5L 2 56.5kg $26
8 1 CANDIKA Steven O’dea Damian Browne 6L 7 56.5kg $7
9 6 THE PINNACLE Peter & Paul Snowden Corey Brown 6.2L 4 56.5kg $4.60
10 14 NORDIC SHOW Mel Eggleston Luke Rolls 6.3L 13 56.5kg $151
11 7 SAVVAN (NZ) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 7.3L 6 56.5kg $31
12 16 CLEVER BLAZE Bevan Laming Jim Byrne 11.3L 8 56.5kg $101
13 9 BENFICA PRINCESS Kelly Doughty Michael Cahill 19.8L 10 56.5kg $101
14 10 FALLACY Toby Edmonds Jeff Lloyd 31.8L 9 56.5kg $51

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