2016 Queensland Oaks the Target for Kebede

April 21st, 2016

Trainer Matthew Dunn has been thrilled with the form and class displayed by Kebede through her short racing career so far and has confirmed the filly on target to compete in the 2016 Queensland Oaks (2400m) on June 4th.

Kebede has been set for the 2016 Queensland Oaks this time. Photo: Daniel Costello

Kebede has been set for the 2016 Queensland Oaks this time. Photo: Daniel Costello

Kebede immediately stamped herself as a filly to follow when debuting to racing for a credible fourth in a talent-rich Ipswich sprint over 1050m in May last year, and has since posted a commendable three wins and a minor through only six career starts.

Dunn told Racing Queensland News that all signs the filly displays in work and the way she has continued to savage the line over increasing distances suggests she will be an ideal 2016 Queensland Oaks filly.

“When I bought her I immediately thought she’d make an ideal Oaks filly,” Dunn said.

“She’s got the right pedigree to stay and I think she’s a very good filly.”

Won by champion mare Winx in 2015, this year’s edition of the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) is set to feature a number of classy interstate raiders and while conceding she faces a big task, Dunn believes Kebede will be up to the mark.

“There’s a few from Sydney in this but I’m not scared of them.”

Immediately returning to the paddock after her debut in Ipswich, Kebede resumed in spring for a solitary start in the Treasurers Award J Edgar Maiden (1200m) but clearly needed more distance when failing to improve late.

Resuming this time with a commendable performance for second in the Rosie Eccles Maiden Plate (1350m), the daughter of Redoute’s Choice broke through for a maiden race win in the Yamba Bowling Club Maiden (1200m) on March 6th.

Repeating the dose in the Fuso Trucks Handicap (1400m) on March 19th, Kebede was particularly impressive in savaging the line for success in the Secutor Securities Handicap (1350m) on April 9th; finding the line close to three lengths ahead of closest rival Dee Nine Elle.

Kebede has been confirmed to make her black type debut in Saturday’s Listed Princess Stakes (1600m) on the Sunshine Coast, in which she is currently rated a $4.80 chance of success with Ladbrokes.com.au.

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