Apr 23, 2016
It is an exciting process, enjoying your horse progress from youngster to racehorse, to name it and then watch on as they make their name well known to others. And it has taken just two starts for Abbey Marie to make herself known... the up-and-coming three-year-old breathtaking recording her second victory from as many starts at Caulfield on Saturday.
Stepping up in class off a fast finishing maiden victory at Sandown a month ago, the regally bred daughter of Redoute's Choice drew wide in the 1440m JRA Handicap, subsequently settling at the rear.
With little pace on it looked as though Abbey Marie would find it tough to make ground but she was always travelling well for an in-form Luke Nolen and, after hooking out widest into the straight, she made the most of her clear running.
Quickly gathering in her more experienced rivals, Abbey Marie drew clear from the 50m, reeling off smart sectionals enroute to her 1 1/2 length victory.
"That was nice and simple," Luke Nolen declared, describing Abbey Marie as a filly with "nice upside."
"Obviously I would like to have been a bit closer but that is her style, she finds her feet and zooms home. "
"She is a pretty relaxed filly," he continued, "but when you give her a dig she just lengthens."
Michael Kent admitted that he was not confident that Abbey Marie could repeat her debut performance up in class.
"I told the owners that she faced a bit of a task today, getting back on that track."
"But she is a nice filly and we may now have a throw at the stumps and look at the Australasian Oaks. She is only three once!"
Abbey Marie is certainly bred for Classic success, being a full sister to the Michael Kent trained Absolutely, winner of the 2011 AJC Oaks.