Kebede finished over the top of her more fancied rivals to record an upset victory in the 2016 The Roses at Doomben this afternoon.
Kebede was a big drifter in betting as the money came for Falkenberg, but she missed the start and was never able to get into the race, while Imposing Lass was forced to do plenty of work early.
Sebring Sally hit the front at the 200 metre mark and looked as though she could record a huge upset, but Kebede was very strong on the line and she recorded a very impressive victory.
Jockey Jim Byrne was always confident that Kebede was good enough to be a genuine contender in both The Roses and the Queensland Oaks and he said after the race that he was not surprised that she had beaten such a quality field.
“It is pretty hard for us to match it with the southerners with our horses, but since I jumped on this horse she has always earmarked herself for an Oaks,” Byrne said.
“She has always given the feeling that she wants to stay and Matty has done a great job with her.
“I was surprised that she kept drifting in the market because she was a good run last week.
“She has put herself straight into Oaks contention and I really think that she is a live chance.”
Trainer Matthew Dunn was also of the opinion that Kebede would run much better than her odds suggested and he is confident that she will be an even better filly when she gets out to the 2400 metres of the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm in a fortnight.
“I was a bit surprised that she was the price she was because she has been consistently good right through and she was probably a victim of slow tempo,” Dunn said.
“I really love the way that she quickened today because she really hasn’t had that her past couple of starts and we were concentrating hard on keeping her together and keeping some spring in her step.
“We were looking to get to a mile and a half last start and anything that she did on the way through was a bonus.
“This is certainly a big one.
“It was only a few starts ago that she won a Grafton maiden and go from that to where she is now is impressive.”
Pre-race favourite Falkenberg was never able to get into the race after missing the start, while the talented Imposing Lass could finish no better than third, but was asked to do plenty of early work.