The winning run of Star Thoroughbreds continued at Canterbury on Wednesday with a stylish first up victory for the Chris Waller-trained filly Gretna, a $150,000 Inglis Premier purchase from the draft of Mill Park Thoroughbreds.
The Snitzel filly was a smart winner at Moonee Valley back in March and was having her first run back from a well-earned spell.
Tuned up with two recent trials, Gretna showed good qualities to travel kindly for Brenton Avdulla just off the leaders before accelerating to the line to win the 1200 metre sprint by a half a length.
“She jumped well and settled well, although it took her a little while to get clear,” Waller said.
“She’s still a bit green, so it was good to see her sprint like that and win well.
“She’s a lovely filly that will progress through to stakes races.”
Entered for the Group I MRC Thousand Guineas, Gretna has two wins from five starts.
Bred by Mill Park and Brian Messner, Gretna is the fourth winner from Stars With a Kiss, a half-sister by Umatilla to Group II winner Hadabeclorka and stakes-winner Songs of Vienna, the dam of stakes-winner City of Song.
Mill Park sold the current two year-old from Starts with a Kiss, a filly by I Am Invincible, at Inglis Premier this year for $260,000 to Busuttin Racing / G1X Racing.
She has a yearling filly by Hinchinbrook, but was not covered last year.