GREGERS has thrived since her last-start win and is ready to run a forward race in the $500,000 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield today, according to her trainer David Hayes.
The Woolsthorpe-bred Gregers lines up against the Peter Snowden-trained superstar filly Guelph and the promising May’s Dream in the group 1 race over 1600 metres. Hayes said he could not fault the preparation of Gregers for today’s feature after her Thousand Guineas Prelude win last month.
“Gregers has thrived since her last start win in the Guineas Prelude — that race was over 1400 metres,” he said.
“She has to run an extra 200 metres today but I reckon she is up to it.
“We gave her a gallop at Benalla the other day and she went very well. She worked well at Flemington on Saturday.
“Guelph is a top filly but we did beat her home in the Blue Diamond when we were a bit shin sore.
“We’re unproven over 1600 metres but I think we’ll sit on the pace and should fight out the finish.”
Gregers, who was bred by Colin McKenna and Janice Thomson at the Union Station in Woolsthorpe, is the winner of four of her six starts.
Ballarat trainer Darren Weir saddles up the second favourite May’s Dream in the Guineas.
May’s Dream has been at Weir’s Warrnambool stables since June, under the care of foreman Mitch Freedman.
The quietly-spoken Freedman said May’s Dream was fighting fit for today’s encounter.
“May’s Dream is rising in class but I think she will run well. She’s done nothing wrong since her last start win in a 1400-metre race at Caulfield,” Freedman said.
From her four starts May’s Dream has two wins to her credit.
Guelph, who has six wins from 10 starts, is the $1.40 prepost favourite for the race, with May’s Dream rated an $8 chance.
Gregers is third in the line of betting at odds of $11.