David Hayes’ classy mare Gregers will be handed a Group 1 assignment in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2014 should she make it three on the trot when she races next-up Saturday week.
The Commands four-year-old has been in flying form this campaign picking up where she left off last season.
Group 1 performed right from her second career start when fourth to Miracles Of Life in the Blue Diamond Stakes in February last year, Gregers has contested five subsequent elite levels and never finished worse than fourth.
This season she is yet to step up to that class, instead easing back into racing with two nice Caulfield victories.
First-up she put an easy three and a half lengths on Members Joy to win a mares-only handicap over 1100m before stepping up to Group 3 company last Saturday to beat home A Time For Julia in the W.W. Cockram Stakes over 1200m.
Hayes this week confirmed Gregers next start as the $200,000 Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on September 13.
All going well there she will be facing her seventh Group 1 field back at Caulfield on September 28 in the $400,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) on September 28 where Hayes will assess her chances over the distance and perhaps up to a mile.
“If she wins the Let’s Elope then I’ll go to the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes but if she isn’t strong at the end of 1400m then we’ll keep her to sprinting,” he told Racing Victoria.
Other notable Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes hopes this year include local Group 3 winner Sistine Demon, Visiting Kiwi Cauthen who races in the $200,000 Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley this weekend and 2014 Caulfield Cup bound El Roca.
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