May 30, 2018
A real favourite around the stables due not only to her ability but to her somewhat quirky personality (her best friend, aside from her loyal carer Laura Bates, was a chicken called Freckles!), Abbey Marie was in the headlines this week as one of the top sellers at the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale at the Gold Coast.
Attracting hot bidding, the regally bred daughter of champion stallion Redoute's Choice was sold to Arrowfield Stud and Jonathan Munz for $1.4 million... and a date with Japan's legendary stallion Deep Impact awaits!
"She was the filly of the day," enthused agent Dean Hawthorne - "she has great quality and just oozes class, she is a cracker!"
Fellow agent Jon Freyer agreed - "she is a beautiful, quality filly very typical of Redoute's Choice - and she is a glorious mover."
"Her race record could easily have been even better, she had no luck this season in the Orr, the Caulfield Cup and the Queen of the Turf but still managed a top six finish in all of them."
Something we at the stable know only too well!
But still we had many happy times with Abbey Marie, a $300,000 yearling purchase who won over $542,000 with her career highlight being victory in the 2016 Gr.1 Australasian Oaks at Morphettville.
Laura Bates fondly remembers Abbey's arrival at the stables - "we called her Baby Abbey as Abbey was what Absolutely was called... she was a very exuberant little fat filly. She did everything with exaggeration and a squeal!"
Sadly after her Classic win Abbey Marie fell seriously ill and it took her a while to recover and find form again. She was competitive with some of the best horses in the country and added to the great record of her dam Catshaan - also dam of the stable's Gr.1 AJC Oaks winner Absolutely.