2016 Australasian Oaks Ideal for Abbey Marie

May 3rd, 2016

Abbey Marie has experienced a unique lead-in to Saturday’s 2016 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville, however trainer Mick Kent is confident the filly is primed for another winning performance in the Group 1 feature race.

Mick Kent is pleased with Abbey Marie ahead of Saturday's Group 1 Australasian Oaks at Morphettville. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Mick Kent is pleased with Abbey Marie ahead of Saturday’s Group 1 Australasian Oaks at Morphettville. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Abbey Marie has made only two competitive appearances at the races so far, but has more than stamped herself as one to watch via two dominant performance for success; albeit both over distances of 1400m and less.

Kent is confident the Redoute’s Choice filly’s breeding and ability to attack the line suggest she will have no issue getting the 2000m of the 2016 Australasian Oaks, and believes she will be very tough to beat on Saturday.

“Yeah, it’s a massive jump but she’s only three (years old) once and she’s bred to run 10 furlongs (2000m) and she’s very fit,” Kent told Racing Victoria.

“No more racing will help me, I don’t think, so we’ll just give it a fly.

‘’I thought last week that it might have been a bit short for her when she drew wide and considering what Caulfield can be like at seven furlongs; she was going to go back from a bad barrier, but it all worked out well.’’

Abbey Marie is a sister to 2011 Australian Oaks winner Absolutely, and believes the three-year-old has a better turn of foot than her proven Group 1-winner sibling.

“This one’s faster and a stronger type,” Kent said.

‘’I don’t think she’ll get a mile and a half (2400m) this filly.

“I’ve always had her pegged as a miler but you have to give her a chance over 20 furlongs.”

Abbey Marie trialled well in the lead-up to her competitive debut, and justified favouritism when taking out the Cove Hotel Maiden Plate (1300m) at Sandown on March 23rd.

Kept to a light regime, Abbey Marie clearly enjoyed a step up in distance when winning the JRA BM70 (1440m) by close to two lengths on April 23rd.

The 2016 Australasian Oaks field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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