WOOLSTHORPE-bred mare Girl Guide will chase black-type success in the $150,000 group 3 How Now Stakes at Caulfield on September 20 following her impressive first-up win in a $80,000 mares’ race at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Champion jockey Craig Williams was kind to Girl Guide over the concluding stages, allowing her to coast to the line for a three-lengths victory in the 1200-metre race. Trainer David Hayes said Girl Guide had been working with her talented half-sister Gregers in the lead-up to Saturday’s race.
“She has been working with Gregers and when Gregers won the way she did last week, we were pretty confident. I think she is a stakes-winning mare waiting to happen,” Hayes said.
“Girl Guide is a year older but she broke her wither as a foal so really she is a year behind Gregers. I don’t think there is a lot between them.
“They are both free-running types who can use their pace to take up a good position which is a big advantage.”
Woolsthorpe’s Colin McKenna, senior part-owner of Girl Guide and Gregers, said Saturday’s win was very rewarding for all the staff at The Union.
“We’re hoping for big spring campaigns with Girl Guide and Gregers,” McKenna said.
“We raced their mum Satnav. Satnav won a couple of races for us before going to the breeding barn. Unfortunately, Satnav died but we have her progeny.
“They are both high-quality mares. It’s great to win a race anywhere but to win in town with horses that have been bred at Woolsthorpe is really exciting. Girl Guide’s win is extra special as she was nursed back to good health at The Union after she broke her wither and was shin sore three times as a young horse.”
Saturday’s victory took Girl Guide’s record to five wins from seven starts.