Abinger Breaks Through
May 17, 2018
It is always a pleasure to win races for long time stable clients Philip and Anne Wooldridge who gain so much enjoyment in following their home bred horses.
Such as the promising Abinger who was so impressive breaking her maiden at Sale on Tuesday.
Having just her fourth start, the daughter of Teofilo (pictured) was given a nice ride by Beau Mertens who had the three-year-old travelling nicely behind the leaders.
Peeling into the clear straightening, Abinger quickly joined the leaders and at the 200m gave a nice kick.
"We got a lovely run just behind the speed and she travelled quite nicely for me," Beau reported, adding that "she went through her gears well - it was a nice win.
"We were confident that she was a good each-way chance," Michael Kent Jnr said, noting that "she has run well at all of her starts."
Covering ground in a race not run to suit at her previous start at Pakenham, Abinger had nevertheless run on well and a step up in distance on Tuesday was always going to suit.
"She is bred to say," Kent said - "the further the better for her."
"The plan was to ride her a bit more forward today and she ended up getting a lovely run. She will be useful, the plan now is to go to a Saturday race at Sandown in two weeks time."
Abinger will step up to 2000m that day with Kent saying that he is "looking forward" to the "nice staying filly's future."
Abinger is the third foal and third winner for the Wooldridge owned and bred, Kent trained Clandon who won eight races including five at metropolitan level.
Also the dam of Virginia Water and Brooklands who have both won for the stable, Clandon was served last spring by Sea Battle and she has a two-year-old gelding by Melbourne Cup winner Americain.
Clandon's full sister Sealers Cove is also a promising broodmare with her first foal being the handy Seattle Park who is due to race at Cranbourne on Friday night.