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Abbey Marie Ready For Oaks Test
Victorian trainer Mick Kent is confident that talented filly Abbey Marie (Redoute's Choice-Catshaan, by Catrail) will cope with a significant rise in class and distance in Saturday's $400,000 Gr1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville, reports Racing.com. The 3YO is coming off an impressive last-to-first victory in a benchmark 70 race over 1440 metres at Caulfield ten days ago which extended her unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $58,550 in prize money. "Yeah, it's a massive jump but she's only three once and she's bred to run 10 furlongs and she's very fit," Kent said on Monday. Abbey Marie, who will be the least experienced filly in Saturday's field, will attempt to emulate her full sister Absolutely whom Kent guided to Classic success in the Gr1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick in 2011. "This one's faster and a stronger type,'' Kent said when asked to compare the siblings. "I don't think she'll [Abbey Marie] get a mile and a half (2400m) this filly. I've always had her pegged as a miler but you have to give her a chance over ten furlongs.'' Bred by Arrowfield Stud, Abbey Marie was a $300,000 purchase by Dermot Farrington Bloodstock at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. She and Absolutely descend from a prolific Gr1-producing family that includes Indian Rose, Kinshasa No Kiseki, Plumania and successful sire Groom Dancer.