Kennedy Oaks Wrap
1st: Personal (D Oliver/T Dabernig & B Hayes) - $6
2nd: Salto Angel (B Melham/D O’Brien) - $21
3rd: Montefilia (H Bowman/D Payne) - $1.80F
Winning Time: 2:36.98 Last 600m: 37.74
Margins: 1¼L x 1¼L
Champion jockey Damien Oliver has won his sixth Group One Kennedy Oaks as the Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Personal saluted in the feature staying contest for three-year-old fillies.
Personal, who finished second in the Wakeful Stakes at Flemington last Saturday, continued the successful run of Wakeful well-performed runners in the Oaks.
With a solid tempo set throughout the 2500m contest, the Coolmore-owned Personal ($6 with TAB) relished the truly run event to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths over the Danny
O’Brien-trained Salto Angel ($21 with TAB) and the race-favourite Montefilia ($1.80 favourite with TAB).
Co-trainer Tom Dabernig was thrilled to win the Group One three-year-old event after coming so close in other Group 1 races.
“We’ve been knocking on the door this spring: second in the Thousand Guineas with Personal and Aysar just got beaten in the Caulfield Guineas so we’ve been very close and it’s a big relief and big thrill to win this race,” he said post-race.
“Very proud of the filly. It’s been a process but she keeps running well. I’m thrilled for Oli. I’ve known Oli since I was a teenager and I think we needed all his experience and vigour late to get her home.
“She can sprint and stay and she’s got some magnificent attributes. I think we haven’t seen the best of her yet. I think there is still more to come. One day she’ll make a beautiful broodmare for the Coolmore team.”
Jockey Damien Oliver said her Wakeful Stakes run gave him plenty of confidence that she’d stay the trip today.
“She had been running really well without being able to win. She’s genuine but had kept finding one better. It was good to see her finally get a good one, in a Group 1 here today because she’s been very consistent. The second and third horses seemed to have my measure early in the straight, but she outstayed them in the end. She was really tough.”