2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oliver Rides Sixth Winner on Personal

November 5, 2020

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oliver Rides Sixth Winner on Personal

Jockey Damien Oliver celebrated his sixth success in the 162nd running of the Group 1 $1 million Kennedy Oaks (2500m) at Flemington with the Lindsay Park-trained Personal finally shrugging her bridesmaid status to win the classic in a thrilling finish over Salto Angel and the beaten favourite Montefilia.

Personal Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Personal was outstanding winning the 2020 Kennedy Oaks for Lindsay Park. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Oliver took his outstanding record in the three-years-old fillies’ staying feature to six wins in total, four since 2002 and back-to-back victories following on from his success aboard Miami Bound (2019) last Melbourne Cup Carnival.

One of the best Australian jockeys of all-time, the Oaks result was Oliver’s 122nd Group 1 victory – his 118th in Australia – and he now sits just four off the legendary George Moore.

He gave the Coolmore-raced Personal – a $640,000 buy from the Easter Sales – an absolutely brilliant ride, getting the best out of the filly who finally peaked on the right day to hand cousins Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes their first Group 1 success as a new training partnership in the absence of the now Hong Kong-based David Hayes.

“It’s a huge thrill and I know Dad back in Hong Kong will be very excited,” Hayes Jnr told the media post-win.

“We’ve been close with seconds in the Thousand Guineas and Caulfield Guineas, so this is a terrific result.”

The 2020 Kennedy Oaks was a truly run staying contest thanks to the bold front-running performance from Tyche Goddess who set a solid pace throughout Thursday’s feature event at HQ.

Off a truly run Oaks, it was also a thrilling finish with perennial runner-up Personal finally getting up on top off three straight second placings in the lead-up this campaign.

The Thousand Guineas runner-up was last seen finishing second in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) and was the best out of that traditional Oaks lead-up to race in the Grand Final.

After an eye-catching but frustrating prep of second bests, the daughter of Fastnet Rock showed her staying ability relishing the give in the track and the 2500m to score just her second career success and first since a 1100m sprint at the track back in January as a juvenile.

Oliver had the eventual Kennedy Oaks winner settled in the second half of the field throughout, while the odds-on favourite Montefillia was given every chance by jockey Hugh Bowman parked in a beautiful trail fourth one off the fence.

Tyche Goddess led into the straight looking to go all-the-way in the Oaks, while David Payne’s Flight Stakes – Spring Champion Stakes double winner from Sydney Montefilia came around wide ready to pounce.

Soon Salto Angel joined in to make for an exciting finish against the top elect who really let down over the final furlong, while Personal began her charging late run right down the outside.

On the line Personal ($6.50) was too good, getting out to the lead 50m out and going on to beat the Danny O’Brien-trained roughie Salt Angel ($26) from last year’s winning stable, while Montefilia ($1.85) had to settle for third in the VRC Oaks results.

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 PERSONAL Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damien Oliver 10 56kg $6
2 5 SALTO ANGEL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Ben Melham 1.25L 9 56kg $21
3 1 MONTEFILIA David Payne Hugh Bowman 2.5L 5 56kg $1.80F
4 6 MIRAVALLESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Mark Newnham Craig Williams 5L 6 56kg $5.50
5 3 CAFE RIZU Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Newitt 7L 14 56kg $41
6 4 SUCCEED INDEED Leon & Troy Corstens Mark Zahra 13L 13 56kg $31
7 8 BIARCHI David Jolly John Allen 14L 1 56kg $51
8 13 YATTON (NZ) Michael Moroney Jye McNeil 20L 4 56kg $51
9 10 ART GLASS Grahame Begg William Pike 21.25L 12 56kg $151
10 12 HARD SQUEEZESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Dean Yendall 27.25L 8 56kg $101
11 14 SWINDON LASS Matthew Brown Brian Higgins 28.5L 11 56kg $301
12 9 STAR OF EDEN Michael Moroney Billy Egan 38.5L 2 56kg $41
13 7 TYCHE GODDESSSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Kerrin McEvoy 48.5L 3 56kg $20
FF 11 VILANCULOS Danny O’Brien Jamie Kah 7 56kg $21

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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