All Too Hard filly Reginae will be set for a Group 1 spring campaign after responding to strong stable support in the ATC Heritage Society Hcp (1300m) at Randwick.
A first-up winner at Kembla Grange on August 18, she was backed from $15 into $9 before powering home to defeat Darley duo Condemned and Ranier in a performance that impressed trainer Kris Lees. “She’s a bombproof filly with a very bright future,” he said after the opening race on Saturday. “She has a terrific attitude and will stretch out to a mile.
“We might go to the Princess Series and I think she’s a real chance in the Flight Stakes,” Lees continued. “She was good first-up and had trained on the right way. I thought it was a really strong race on paper and Corey (Brown) made the most of that good gate.”
The Flight Stakes Gr.1 will be held on September 29 at Randwick
Reginae first made headlines when making $500,000 at the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and a return to Melbourne is also a possibility for the $500,000 Thousand Guineas Gr.1 at Caulfield on October 13.
Lees has a top-class team prepping for the spring carnivals and so has All Too Hard. The Vinery sire’s other stakes prospects include All Too Soon, Tarka, Za Zi Ba, All Too Huiying, Unfair Dismissal and Outrageous.
Reginae topped the fillies leaderboard at last year’s Melbourne Premier. Dorrington Farm breeder Rob Crabtree kept a share with Orbis Bloodstock and her value will sky-rocket with the addition of any black-type this season.
Her dam Fuhrnatic (Flying Spur) was a $40,000 buy for Belmont Bloodstock (FBAA) agent Damon Gabbedy on behalf of Crabtree at the 2015 Magic Millions National Sale. She was carrying Reginae and her first filly Fuhryk (Star Witness) subsequently won the G3 Kevin Hayes Stakes at Caulfield.