WOOLSTHORPE-bred filly Gregers could give Warrnambool businessman Colin McKenna and his partner Janice Thomson their biggest success in racing when she runs in the $1 million group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield today.
Gregers, which was bred and reared at McKenna’s Union property, won her only race start at Moonee Valley over 1000 metres on February 1. She is rated a $21 chance with bookmakers for the 1200m feature two-year-old race in Victoria.
McKenna said trainer David Hayes was delighted with the condition of Gregers following her Moonee Valley victory.
“David said she worked a treat at his Euroa property on Wednesday morning,” McKenna said.
“Her win at the Valley was a bit of a surprise as we thought she would be better suited to a race over a bit more ground. The form from the Valley run is very good.
“It’s just a thrill to have a runner in the most prestigious two-year-old race in Victoria.
“I’m not expecting her to win but as long as she runs well I’ll be pleased as I think she’ll be a better horse next time in work.”
Gregers was set to be sold at last year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions weanling sale but, following a failed bid, McKenna kept a share in the daughter of Commands and included some friends in the ownership of the filly.
“It’s a great thrill to have her running in the race knowing she was bred and reared at home,” McKenna said.
“She’s a nice filly. David has a good opinion of her.
“We would have liked a better barrier but we can’t complain. It looks like being a big day, win or lose, as there will be family and friends at the track.”