2015 Bel Esprit Stakes Field Features Gregers

The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained mare Gregers stays put in Melbourne this Saturday racing in the Bel Esprit Stakes 2015 at Caulfield Racecourse in her second run of the season.


Robert Sangster Stakes-bound Gregers races in Caulfield’s 2015 Bel Esprit Stakes this weekend. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Winner of the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) at the track back in August, the four-year-old daughter of Commands is one of a bumper 16 final acceptors for this weekend’s $120,000 Listed TROA Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m).

She has come up trumps with barrier one in the sprint showdown with jockey Craig Williams taking over for Michael Walker who rode her to a nice second behind dual Group 1 winner Platelet first-up at Moonee Valley over 955m on March 27.

A three-time Caulfield winner, Gregers is targeting a run in the $400,000 Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide on May 2, but goes into the race via a Melbourne run as opposed to taking on Platelet again in the RN Irwin Stakes in SA on Saturday.

“We think Gregers is going as well as she ever has and expect her to run well on Saturday but she’s been targeted to peak third up in the Robert Sangster (Will Hill Classic),” co-trainer Dabernig told Racing Victoria this week.

“We were rapt with her first-up run at Moonee Valley where she was just beaten by Platelet.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Platelet, she’s beaten Gregers every time they’ve met but they claimed off Platelet and she had the perfect run and we just were beaten by her.”

It won’t be an easy task in the Bel Esprit for the Group 1 bound mare however, the race full of depth including the 60kg top weight It Is Written who carries a kilo more than Gregers.

Robbie Griffiths’ Written Tycoon six-year-old is yet to win over the 1100m but was ultra-competitive last time out at Moonee Valley under the lights when a close fourth just two lengths off the winner Lucky Hussler in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) leading up to Saturday.

Following It Is Written and Gregers in the Bel Esprit Stakes weights this year is then Tried And Tired (58.5kg), the stakes winning sprinter returning to racing here.

Other headline Bel Esprit Stakes acceptors include the Robert Smerdon-trained Group 3 winning Street Sense mare Politeness in barrier five for Dwayne Dunn, Peter Moody’s progressive last start MAtrcie Stakes winner in Adelaide Runway Star in gate 12 and the smart Lee & Shannon Hope-trained three-year-old filly Sabatini out wide in barrier 15.

Despite the wide gate Sabatini is sure to feature high up the Bel Esprit Stakes betting markets, the daughter of Street Sense getting in on the 54kg minimum and coming off top form.

In mid-February she won the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) at the track then made it back-to-back Caulfield wins a fortnight later with a victory over Fontein Ruby in the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m).

Her latest run was then at Flemington when a brave second just a half-length off the winner in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m), a return to Caulfield to work to her advantage this weekend.

See below for the full Bel Esprit Stakes 2015 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2015 Bel Esprit Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 9 (4:45pm) – 18/04/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 7366712174 IT IS WRITTEN Robbie Griffiths Matthew Allen 7 60kg 102
2 34x11650x2 GREGERS David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Craig Williams 1 59kg 104
3 818x45123x TRIED AND TIRED Leon & Troy Corstens Michael Walker 9 58.5kg 99
4 5937x750x0 UNPRETENTIOUS Nikki Burke Noel Callow 14 58kg 98
5 200x567x06 GENERAL TRUCE Ricky Maund Jason Benbow 11 57.5kg 97
6 08x905808x PAGO ROCK David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Chris Symons 13 56kg 94
7 x6436x2392 VATICAN Byron Cozamanis Patrick Moloney (a) 8 56kg 94
8 1x44571x3x POLITENESS Robert Smerdon Dwayne Dunn 5 55.5kg 97
9 4x1620x121 RUNWAY STAR Peter G Moody Ms Linda Meech 12 54.5kg 95
10 211353×112 SABATINI Lee & Shannon Hope Nicholas Hall 15 54kg 94
11 4x31162x77 ELOPING Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison Stephen Baster 2 54kg 92
12 625510x04x JAZZ SONG Mick Price Chad Schofield 10 54kg 92
13 213x6050x1 HAZARD Lee & Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 3 54kg 89
14 78x583536x THERMAL CURRENT Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 6 54kg 89
15 00x53577x7 AFRICAN PULSE Stephen Brown Dean Yendall 16 54kg 88
16 1x71276x21 INSPECTOR Peter White Dale Smith 4 54kg 71


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