David Hayes & Tom Dabernig’s classy mare Gregers will kick off her Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign at Moonee Valley Racecourse this Saturday in the Carlyon Stakes 2015.
The five-year-old daughter of Commands hasn’t raced since her sixth when beaten just over two lengths by Flamberge in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) in Adelaide back in mid-May.
Before that she was in flying form running second behind Miracles Of Life in another Morphettville elite level, the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) a fortnight earlier.
A winner of six of her 22 starts to date for over $830,000 in prize money, Gregers first caught the eye as a juvenile when fourth in the 2013 Blue Diamond Stakes.
She was third to Guelph as a three-year-old in that year’s Thousand Guineas at the same Caulfield track and has been competitive in a host of other elite level races including the 2014 Robert Sangster Stakes (3rd) and The Goodwood (4th).
Moonee Valley Racecourse is one of her preferred tracks and she boasts a top record at the notoriously tight circuit with three wins and two thirds from six previous runs there ahead of her return this weekend.
Her only missed place at the track was her brave fourth when only half a length off the winner Spirit Of Boom in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) in March last year.
Gregers is one of a bumper 20 gallopers nominated for the $120,000 Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) over the sprint distance this weekend, the race one of two black-types on the Moonee Valley card along with the $120,000 Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) for three-year-old colts and geldings.
She is sure to jump one of the top fancies in the field as well as she has twice kicked off a campaign with a first-up victory over the same track and distance, and put in a strong Flemington hit-out last Friday when defeating Queensland Derby winner Magicool over 800m in 45.69 seconds.
“She trialled very well and we’re very happy with her, she looks to have come back in great shape,” co-trainer Dabernig told Racenet.
“She has a couple of options, there’s a 1000-metre Group 2 race on the fifth at the Valley, but at this stage we’re looking at running on Saturday.”
The Group 2 race Dabernig refers to is the $200,000 McEwen Stakes (1000m) on Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes Day, September 5.
Other notable Carlyon Stakes nominations for this weekend include the Mick Price-trained veteran eight-year-old Le Bonsir coming off a third in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington, Michael Kent’s Robert Sangster Stakes fourth placed mare Miss Steele and last start winner at the track Our Nkwazi.
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