WOOLSTHORPE-bred filly Gregers cemented herself as favourite for the group 1 $500,000 Thousand Guineas (1600 metres) at Caulfield following an impressive win at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Gregers,which was bred at Union Station by Colin McKenna and his partner Janice Thomson, triumphed in an $80,000 three-year-old fillies’ race at the Valley.
Gregers has won three of her four starts.
Her only unplaced run was when she ran fourth in the group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield in February.
McKenna revealed after Saturday’s win Gregers would have her next start in the group 2 $220,000 Danehill Stakes over 1200m at Flemington on September 7, before the $175,000 Thousand Guineas Prelude at Caulfield on September 21 and the Thousand Guineas on October 16.
“She’s an exciting filly,” the Warrnambool businessman said.
‘‘She’s a very speedy filly.
‘‘It was a very good win but now she’s got to go to the next level.
‘‘It gets harder as you go up the levels.
‘‘I would say her next start in the Danehill when she runs against the colts will be tough.
“Trainer David Hayes is pleased with the way she has progressed.
‘‘She’s still learning how to race but shows plenty of promise.
‘‘She’s had two runs back from a spell and won both of them. She can’t do much more than that at this stage.”
Gregers was set to be sold at the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions weanling sales, but after a failed bid McKenna kept a share in the daughter of Commands and included some friends in the ownership.
McKenna and Thomson raced Gregers’ dam Satnav, which won three races before going to the breeding barn. But unfortunately she died after having three progeny.
From her four starts, Gregers has nearly $250,000 in stakemoney to her credit.