It was nowhere near the shock of seeing Moralto win at Warren a week ago but Connie Greig was still surprised to see Bergdorf get the job done at Dubbo Turf Club on Tuesday.
Bergdorf was first up from a four-month spell on Tuesday but it mattered little as she powered to a strong win in the Hahn Super Dry 3.5 Benchmark 66 Handicap (1000m).
It marked the second shock win for Greig in a matter of weeks after $51 hope Moralto scored at Warren.
“She’s a much better horse than Moralto but first-up we thought she’d need the run today with no trial,” Greig said after Bergdorf scored by a half-head at Dubbo.
“But she got in really well in the weights with the claim and that was the plan today.”
The three kilogram claim came from exciting apprentice jockey Reece Jones, who has made a stellar start to his career after a maiden win at Tamworth last month.
After a delay due to Malverna escaping riderless from the barriers and running a lap of the track before being scratched, Jones settled midfield early on with Bergdorf ($21).
The Kylie Kennedy-trained Shadow Force ($41) took up the running and led the field into the bend but was quickly swamped by a host of challengers.
The field spread right across the track and a number of horses pushed for the lead but Jones made his move and got Bergdorf to motor down the outside and win from Postmaster General ($4) and Star Of Zizou ($20).
“Reece has been riding for me a bit and he does his form, he rides them how you want, and he’s going really well,” Greig said, before speaking about sheer amount of tracks she’s been racing at recently.
“You’ve got to travel to get the winners so it was great to just walk across the road and get one today.”