WOOLSTHORPE-bred Gregers finished third behind Australia’s best filly Guelph and May’s Dream in the $500,000 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield yesterday.
The Peter Snowden-trained Guelph led throughout to win the group 1 1600-metre race by nearly two lengths over May’s Dream and Gregers in third place.
Warrnambool businessman Colin McKenna, who part-owns Gregers, said her run was super.
“Gregers has been beaten by the best filly in the land in Guelph and May’s Dream is a high-quality filly.
“There is no shame to be beaten by those two fillies. Guelph has won seven of 11 starts,” McKenna said.
“Gregers gave 100 per cent, you can’t ask any more than that. It’s not a bad effort for a filly which was bred and raised in little old Woolsthorpe.”
Top trainer David Hayes, who prepares Gregers, said she may have her next start in the $220,000 group 2 Crystal Mile over 1600 metres at Moonee Valley on October 26.
May’s Dream, which is trained by Darren Weir at his Warrnambool satellite stable, said it was a good effort by his filly to run second.
“She’s run a placing behind a superstar filly,” Weir said. “I thought the race may have turned out to be a real tactical affair but Kerrin McEvoy controlled the race on Guelph.
“We’ve got no excuses. We were just beaten by a champion. May’s Dream has got plenty of upside.”
Weir said May’s Dream would head back to Warrnambool, where she would continue a beach preparation for the $300,000 group 2 Wakeful Stakes at Flemington on November 2.
Six Western District- trained horses ran in minor races at the Thousand Guineas meeting yesterday.
Warrnambool-trained Caroun may have one more run over 3000 metres at Moonee Valley next Friday night before going for a spell following an unplaced run in the BMW Handicap (2400m).
Caroun’s trainer Patrick Ryan said he was pleased with the six-year-old’s efforts as there was a lack of mid-race pace.
Terang-trained Beware Of Thestorm, which ran 12th in the same race, could also have a break, according to his trainer Jock McArthur.
Allan Peterson’s galloper Run Diego finished 10th in a greys’ race over 1400 metres.
The Warrnambool trainer said plans for Run Diego were now up in the air.
Me Hungi disappointed connections with his lacklustre run in an open handicap over 1600 metres.
Camperdown trainer Geoff Daffy said he would take Me Hungi home and reassess.
Aaron Purcell’s Upbeat finished 11th in the same race after being trapped wide.
Final Folly, trained at Hamilton by Barbara Marshman, is Hamilton Cup-bound following his effort in a 2000-metre rating 84 race.