Gail rewards Griffiths

Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths has an affinity with Swettenham stallions and the winning run continued with Bianconi mare Gail on Saturday.

In the last four years, Griffiths has won upwards of 50 races with horses by stallions based at the Nagambie nursery.

Gail (5m Bianconi – Girls Day by Encosta de Lago) returned to form in the Green Fields Raceday (1700m) at Flemington.  It was her fifth win in 20 starts and she has also earned black-type with a G3 placing in the Matron Stakes at headquarters last year.

“That was a very rewarding win,” Griffiths said on Saturday.  “She is booked into Reset but the way she is going we might have to reconsider!”

Gail has been a bargain for Griffiths and leading form analyst Deane Lester.  She cost $10,000 at the 2008 Inglis Autumn yearling sale and has now earned over $194,000.

Griffiths bought her younger half brother at the 2011 Inglis Autumn Sale but was forced to up the ante to $55,000 for the good-looking son of Churchill Downs.  Named Edgewood, he came out and scored a three length victory on debut in the Inglis Autumn Plate at Bendigo last month.

Victorian based breeder Ken Breese raced their dam Girls Day to a Bendigo maiden win in 2002.  Sadly, she died on March 17.

The Bianconi – Encosta de Lago cross has also produced Brisbane Group 3 winning mare Fillydelphia.  She is one of 16 stakes winners sired by Bianconi among a total of 457 winners at a 61% strike-rate.

Bianconi (Danzig) will stand for a $6,600 (inc gst) early-bird service fee at Swettenham in 2012.