WOOLSTHORPE-bred filly Gregers will attempt to add further black type to her imposing record when she runs in the $220,000 group 2 Jeep Classic under lights at Moonee Valley tonight.
Gregers ran third behind superstar filly Guelph and May’s Dream in the Thousand Guineas over 1600 metres at Caulfield on October 16 and has taken no harm from that run, according to her trainer David Hayes.
“Gregers is going well,” Hayes said.
“I thought her run in the Thousand Guineas was excellent. She came up against two top class fillies in that race.
“I’m sure she will be competitive tonight.
“It looks a tough race to win on paper, but Gregers has shown a liking for running at the Valley.”
Three of Gregers’ four wins from seven starts have been around the Valley track. Part-owner and Warrnambool businessman Colin McKenna, who bred the filly with his partner Janice Thomson, said that record would hold the horse in good stead.
“She’s got a good record around the Valley, which is a big plus,” McKenna said yesterday.
“There are a lot of horses that don’t handle the Valley surface, but we know she loves running there, which is a bonus.”
The daughter of Commands is a placegetter at group 1 level and has a group 2 win to her credit.
Four Warrnambool trainers have runners in minor races tonight.
Caroun runs for Patrick Ryan in an $80,000 event over 3000m, while Merv McKenzie accepted with King Cotton in a $100,000 race over 955m.
The seven-year-old King Cotton has been freshened by McKenzie since his first-up effort, when he ran third behind Vatican in a 955m race at the Valley on September 27.
Jockey Jarrod Fry, who rode King Cotton in his two victories around the tricky circuit, will be back in the saddle tonight.
McKenzie said the lightly-raced horse would appreciate drawing barrier three. “He should be able to get a good position from that barrier,” the hobby trainer said.
“I think he should run well, but they usually go really quick in those races.
“We just hope nothing makes much ground from the back as we’ll be in the front few.”
Fellow trainer Jarrod McLean also has Waltzes in the 955m race.
Constant Force from the Wilde stable lines up in a $100,000 race over 1600m.