GROUP ONE ABBEY!

May 07, 2016

A three-year-old winning a Group One Classic at just her third start, an illness prone four-year-old claiming his sixth in a row, a city win for a nine-year-old... Michael Kent excels with any sort of horse!

Three runners in two states on Saturday... three winners; Abbey Marie storming to Group One success in the Australasian Oaks at Morphettville whilst Good Value and Supido toughed it out to record gutsy victories at Flemington.

"I can't remember a better day," said a delighted Kent who was on course in Adelaide to celebrate his first Group One winner since Abbey Marie's full sister Absolutely took out the 2001 AJC Oaks.

Confident of a bold showing from the daughter of Redoute's Choice on the back of her first two stunning victories at Sandown and Caulfield, Kent was not worried about the step up from 1440m to 2000m.

"She'd had good grounding heading into the race," he said, adding that he was more worried about her being "savvy enough" to take on Group One fillies at just her third outing.

But she was more than savvy, Abbey Marie overcoming plenty of trouble in running, hampered at the start and being held up for runs from the 500m to the 300m, copping a decent bump as she manoeuvred her way into the clear.

But once she was out she was off and away, full of running to the line.

It is straight to the paddock for Abbey Marie with the Group One Myer Classic a spring aim. The 29th Group One winner for her sire. she was bred by Mr Yaseen who also bred and raced Redoute's Choice.

Described as a "more brilliant" filly than Absolutely who was exported to Japan three years ago, Abbey Marie has overcome the odds to succeed at Group One level having endured a wind operation before her debut.

Hailing from a strong European family whose members include the star mare Danedream and fellow Group One winners Groom Dancer, Plumania, Falco, Vert Amande, Indian Rose and Le Nain Jaune, Abbey Marie is raced by a very happy group of owners including Peter Anastasiou who proudly held the trophy as he declared "that was unbelievable.... a great training effort and a great ride!"

Thanks to Darryl Sherer for a great Group One photo!