WOOLSTHORPE-bred Gregers showed she’s in for a big spring campaign following her effortless first-up victory in a $80,000 mares’ race at Caulfield on Saturday.
Gregers led from barriers to box in the 1100-metre sprint, defeating Members Joy by more than three lengths with Bloomindale Miss in third place.
Trainer David Hayes said Gregers’ win was painless for punters who took the short odds on offer in the race.
“She’s a classy mare. I would say she’s never ran a bad race,” Hayes said.
“Her spring aim at this stage is the $400,000 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes on September 28.”
Gregers’ part-owner Colin McKenna, who bred the talented mare at the Union in Woolsthorpe, said he hoped the four-year-old would win a group 1 race in this campaign.
“Gregers has run in group 1 races on six occasions and never finished further back than fourth,” McKenna said.
“I reckon she deserves a win in group 1 company. She’s developed into a lovely mare.
“The win is extra special to everyone at the Union who had anything to do with her when she was young.
“It’s really special to know that she was born and bred at Woolsthorpe.
“She’s a very consistent mare who gives 100 per cent in her races. She’s got to be rated one of the best sprinting mares in Australia.”
Gregers has five wins and four placings to her credit from 14 starts.
Despite Puissance de Lune’s sixth placing in the $200,000 group 2 Peter Lawrence Stakes, trainer Darren Weir described the effort as even, according to his Warrnambool foreman Daniel Bowman. “We were pleased with Puissance de Lune’s run,” Bowman said.
“He seems to have pulled up well so we’ll just push ahead with him at this stage into some of the feature spring races.”
Puissance de Lune was heavily-backed from $3.20 into $2.60 before his failure in the Lawrence Stakes.