Wide draw to overcome for Gregers in William Reid Stakes

BOOM jockey Chad Schofield will be instructed to push forward on Woolsthorpe-bred filly Gregers in the group 1 $400,000 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley tonight.

Gregers drew barrier nine in the 10-horse field, which forced trainer David Hayes to say the barrier draw was not ideal for the three-year-old in the 1200-metre race.

“I’ll be telling Chad to go forward from that barrier,” Hayes said.  “I think Thump will also go forward and I reckon we’ll sit outside Samaready in the run.” Hayes said Gregers has done very well since her last start and was in terrific shape. 

“She’s got a good record around the Valley,” he said. 

“Tonight is Gregers’ third run from a spell. I think she’ll be very competitive.

“I think Spirit Of Boom is the one to beat. He has not drawn an ideal barrier either but he’s a very good horse.”

From her three starts in group 1 races, Gregers has a third placing in the Caulfield 1000 Guineas and two fourth placings to her credit. The three-year-old by Commands was bred by Colin McKenna and his partner Janice Thomson at the Union Station, Woolsthorpe.

McKenna said Gregers had performed well in her short career.

“Gregers is running against seasoned horses again today. She’s got a good weight advantage on the older horses,” he said. 

“She’s a very honest filly who has been very consistent. 

“I’m confident she’ll run well again. 

“Gregers has three wins from four starts at the Valley. We’re hopeful her liking for the track will help her.”

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