Great Feehan Run by Abbey!

Sep 09, 2017

It was a happy group of owners who welcomed Abbey Marie back to scale after her fast finishing and brave second in the Feehan (Dato Tan Chin Nam) Stakes at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Having just her second run back from a spell (recording good late splits when resuming with a P.B Lawrence Stakes seventh behind Hartnell), the lightly raced five-year-old travelled well at the rear for Luke Nolen, at the 1200m hampered by Star Exhibit who had reared and lost his rider at the start.

Star Exhibit attempted to take a run inside of Abbey Marie - hitting the running rail in in the process - and our girl was very lucky that the interference was not more severe.

"The first thing I did when she came back to scale was check her back legs," said a relieved Michael Kent, "it's amazing that he didn't run into her."

As Star Exhibit made his away around the field to the lead, Abbey Marie was travelling nicely and upon straightening was able to let go of a strong run - rushing past her rivals with only the New Zealand and ATC Oaks winner Bonneval in front of her at the line.

And there was a decent gap of four lengths to the next home, suggesting that the first two are the mares to follow into the spring!

The Naturalism Stakes or the JRA Trophy are the next likely targets for Abbey Marie who has the Caulfield Cup in sights. As much as 150-1 was on offer for her during the week - she is now as short as 25-1!

"She is a really happy horse this time in," Kent said, "the best she has been since she was sick."

"She has always had high liver enzyme readings which are now lowering suggesting that she is on the right track. I am delighted with how she has come up, it's all looking good for her spring campaign."

Jockey Luke Nolen, who was aboard Abbey Marie when she won the Australasian Oaks in May last year, was also happy - "she was terrific."

"She travelled into it nicely and I did think she was going to win but her run just peaked that little bit late. She looks a million dollars and she has got improvement to come which is exciting."