There were some well-bred horses competing at the thoroughbred meeting at Spreyton yesterday but none better-named than Gasnier that scored an impressive debut win in a maiden over 900 metres.
Gasnier powered home to grab victory in the shadows of the post to defeat Classic Western in the Williams Street Meats Pty Ltd Maiden over 900 metres.
Being by Hidden Dragon, the colt had some handy names submitted for registration but the logical one was chosen by the Registrar.
Reg Gasnier AM was a star rugby player with the St George Dragons during the 1950s and 60s and he also played for Australia. He played centre for the Dragons from 1959 to 1967 and represented Australia in a then record 36 Tests and three World Cup games.
“He carries a famous name so we are hoping he ends up as famous as his namesake,” said part-owner Barry Diprose.
The colt went into the race on the back of an impressive trial win at Longford but despite the good showing punters allowed him to start at the lucrative price of $10.
The Adam Trinder-trained youngster was up against much older and more experienced opposition but the son of Hidden Dragon made light work of the task.
“We bought this colt at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale and there are a lot of first-time owners in him,” Trinder said.
“He’s had a couple of preps and won a couple of trials so he went into this race well prepared.”