McGregor eyes Rosehill success
Adrian McGregor is looking to kick-start his second coming as a trainer with a feature race success when Approach Discreet lines up in the Listed McKell Cup over 2000 metres at Rosehill on Saturday.
The five-year-old heads in off a smart third in a Benchmark 78 handicap over 1800 metres at the track on 22nd May and is rated a 4.80 chance in the field of 12, with Kerrin McEvoy set to ride him for the first time.
Cranbourne-based McGregor, an astute horseman and former amateur rider, renewed his licence earlier this season having given it up for several years and Approach Discreet holds a special place in the handler’s affections.
"When I decided to start training again, he was the first horse I bought," McGregor said. "I paid about $11,000 for him. Darren Weir had him early and he's always had a bit of a spruik on him, he was in the market for the Derby as a three-year-old.
"He was a $300,000 or $400,000 yearling so he is a cracking type."
Approach Discreet scored over 2400 metres on a Heavy 8 track at Rosehill last November, holding McKell Cup rival Parry Sound by a length and a quarter.
The gelding has won two of his ten starts for McGregor, and only been out the placings twice, with an overall record of five wins and eight placings from 22 starts.
"Our horse is on the way up, he's fourth-up, gets to 2000 (metres), soft track, 53 (kilograms), K McEvoy, barrier five. We can't do any more for him, put it that way," McGregor added.