Long route to Oakbank

Abebe took the long route to win one of the feature hurdles at the Oakbank Easter Carnival last Saturday.

The Kiwi-bred jumper was purchased by John Chalmers Bloodstock (FBAA) for $58,000 at the 2012 Karaka Yearling Sale.  He’s a Pentire half-brother to Kiwi stakes-performed stayer Dubhdara (Shinko King) and was part of a FBAA treble during the iconic carnival in the Adelaide hills.

Abebe was sent from NZ to WA but didn’t make the grade for Alan Matthews.  The Perth Cup maestro knew he had jumping potential and a cross-continent move to Eric Musgrove paid off in the $100,000 Sugar Financial Services Hurdle (3600m).

It was Musgrove’s 9th success in the race and the winner was a heavily backed even-money favourite.  Abebe had failed at his only previous Oakbank start but jockey Martin Kelly was confident of victory after the gelding performed well in a trial earlier in the week.

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Phelps Glory (pictured) was also on target for Wylie Dalziel and Roy Higgins Racing in the Arkaba Hotel (1400m) on Saturday.  Bred by Jonathon Munz, he's by All American from a sister to Moonee Valley Group 2 winner Rekindled Interest and was bought on the Gold Coast for $15,000 by Hancock Quality Bloodstock (FBAA).

Tenderly completed a winning weekend for Tony McEvoy on Monday in the Phil Hoffmann Travel Maiden (1050m).  She was a $130,000 Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA) buy from Edinglassie Stud at the 2017 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  

The daughter of Stratum showed her customary speed but was tackled turning for home.  She was clearly headed past the 200 metres but responded to Krystal Bishop’s riding to fight back to grab a photo finish win.

Assistant trainer Calvin McEvoy said the filly was still learning about racing.  “She loves to run, and we are trying to teach her to control that speed.  She was better today than on debut at Morphettville Parks last month and I’m sure when she learns about racing she can get a bit further in her races.”

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