Brave mare Gregers finished an agonizingly-close second in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Classic (1200m) at Morphettville a fortnight ago, and is reportedly in peak condition for redemption in Saturday’s Group 1 The Goodwood over course and distance.
Gregers has posted an impressive six race wins and seven minors through her 21 career starts so far; failing to finish outside the first three this time having run second in the 55 Second Challenge (955m) and third in the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) leading into the Sangster.
Co-trainer Tom Dabernig has been thrilled with the work produced by the Commands mare over the last fortnight and is confident the conditions of the 2015 Goodwood will play directly into her strengths on Saturday.
“I couldn’t be happier with her heading into the race,” Dabernig told Racing Ahead.
“I think from barrier 6 she should enjoy a lovely run.
“We have a healthy respect for the opposition, it’s a tough race but I think she’s performed at the track and distance and I think she’s going to be right in it.
“I’d be interested to try and forecast who the winner will be but I probably wouldn’t swap her for anything going into the race.
“She’s a horse that’s had a wind op, so you don’t like to sort of restrain to her much – you just sort of let her run at a comfortably speed.
“Craig (Williams) knows her well and very happy with her heading into Saturday.”
Gregers found typically competitive condition over the 2014 autumn; running fourth in each of the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) and Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) before heading to Adelaide for third in the Robert Sangster Stakes and fourth in The Goodwood.
Having won the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) most notably over five spring starts, Gregers may press on to an appearance in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on June 6th pending Saturday’s results.
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