Kebede Primed for 2016 Queensland Oaks

May 25th, 2016

Kebede has been a strong and consistent performer through her entire racing career so far, but more than stamped herself as a serious 2016 Queensland Oaks prospect with a scintillating performance for success in the Group 2 The Roses (2000m) at Doomben over the weekend.

Kebede will be tough to beat in the 2016 Queensland Oaks. Photo: Daniel Costello

Kebede will be tough to beat in the 2016 Queensland Oaks. Photo: Daniel Costello

Kebede was rated virtually no chance of success in The Roses at $31 odds despite a strong lead-to to the race, and did her chances of success no harm whatsoever when jumping well and taking an ideal position in transit on the heels of the race’s early leaders.

Offered a clear racing line upon arriving at the final straight, the Redoute’s Choice filly mustered an impressive turn of foot when asked for an extra effort by jockey Jim Byrne; pulling clear of her rivals to find the line half a length ahead of Sebring Sally.

Byrne delivered a gem of a ride aboard Kebede to win The Roses, and is confident the filly will only continue to improve in stepping up to 2400m for the 2016 Queensland Oaks at Eagle Farm in just under a fortnight.

“It was only a few days ago I was saying I just didn’t have the firepower for this Winter Carnival,” Byrne told The Sunday Mail.

“Sometimes you get on good Carnival horses and sometimes you don’t. But Kebede was on horse who I earmarked a long way out as a potential Oaks horse.

“Even when I rode her at Grafton I knew she was something special. I have always liked her and things are now starting to come to fruition.

“I’m sure she is only going to be bigger and betting once she gets over the road (Eagle Farm) for the Oaks in a fortnight.”

Undoubtedly the stable star for Murwillumbah-based trainer Matt Dunn, Kebede has posted an impressive four wins and two minors through her nine career starts to date.

Dunn has been understandably thrilled with the form and class displayed by the three-year-old so far and is excited by her prospects in the Queensland Oaks.

“When we bought her she was an awkward-looking filly who always looked like she would need time to mature.” Dunn said.

“She has come a long way from a Grafton maiden only a couple of months ago.

“She has had a couple more runs than what we would have wanted but we needed to get some prizemoney and some ratings points to get her into some good races.

“It is fair to say she is screaming out to go further and I will just keep her ticking over with some light work in the next couple of weeks.”

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