WOOLSTHORPE-bred filly Gregers will attempt to add more black type to her name when she runs in the listed $120,000 Security Stakes for three-year-olds over 1100 metres at Flemington today.
Gregers, the winner of the group 2 Tranquill Star Stakes at Caulfield in the spring, resumed from a spell with a fourth placing in the group 1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on February 22.
Trainer David Hayes had nominated Gregers for the feature sprint race today, the $1 million Newmarket Handicap, but decided to keep the talented filly to her own age.
Colin McKenna, who part-owns the three-year-old with his partner Janice Thomson and some friends, said Gregers should appreciate dropping back in class from the group 1 Oakleigh Plate.
“I think she’ll be better suited running in today’s race but in saying that it will be a hard race to win,” McKenna said.
“It would be good if she can get some more black type next to her name.”
Meanwhile, Ciaron Maher saddles up the lightly raced Top Sight in the $150,000 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Flemington today. Maher said the filly had progressed well since her last start when she ran fourth in the Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield on February 8.
“We’ve just freshened up Top Sight since her last run,” he said.
“I thought her run in the Prelude to finish fourth was an excellent effort. I reckon she was unlucky not to have ran third in the Prelude.
“She’s improved since the run. She had a jump out over 800 metres at Caulfield last week and she went well.”
Bellebreize scored an impressive win at his debut for Maher at Geelong on Thursday.
The three-year-old by Publishing started a hot favourite in the maiden over 1200 metres. “I thought the win by Bellebreize was a strong effort considering it was his first run,” he said.