GREGORIAN GIRL defied an absence of 211 days from the racetrack to win at Kempton last night under Jack Duern at the rewarding odds of 12/1.
The three-year-old filly made all in a pillar to post victory over the seven furlong trip in a nine-runner handicap and the daughter of Gregorian beat the favourite Cauthen by a length to the delight of owners, Skipsey, Franks & Roper And A Chapman.
Taking advantage of her low draw (two), Gregorian Girl jumped well and went straight into the lead. Ridden two furlongs from home, she kept on nicely inside the distance and although the well backed favourite tried to close, he was never going to catch the Harper Lodge Farm runner.
This was only the filly’s fifth ever run and although she had run twice over seven last year, at Chelmsford and Wolverhampton, she was inexperienced and weak last year. A winter on her back has clearly done her the power of good and hopefully there’s plenty more improvement in her.
Despite being a half-sister to five winners out of a dam who was out of French Oaks winner, Escaline, the filly only cost £10,000 as a yearling. With very few miles on the clock and the scope to go on, it’s looking at this stage as though that was £10,000 well spent! The stable’s runners normally come on for their first run of the season, especially after a long lay-off, so it will be interesting to see where she goes and what she does next time up! Congratulations to the winning owners, two of whom, Dean Skipsey and Ollie Franks also own a share in Solario Racing’s Spring Romance.
This was the stable’s first runner this month, so it was good to get on the board in April. With the turf season now a week old, the yard will have start to have more runners on both the grass and all-weather.