Experienced Randwick trainer Bob Pearse only has a couple in work these days and he’ll saddle up one of the more interesting runners at the Hawkesbury stand-alone meeting on Saturday.
Pearse will saddle up former Kiwi stakes performer Serena after one of his long-term clients purchased the daughter of Swiss Ace following her last start third placing in the Listed Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Tauherenikau.
“A client of mine Troy Ballard bought her,” Pearse said.
“I’ve had horses with him for years, he goes back to the days when I had More Than Royal and Arrowette, horses he bred.
“I watched a few of her past runs on video and she looks like she’s an honest mare. Some races she got back, some she was on the speed so she looks an adaptable type.”
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Pearse said being “a bit fizzy” he hasn’t done much with the four-year-old but she caught her trainer’s eye when working home from a long way back in a recent 1050 metre Randwick barrier trial.
“I was happy with her trial,” Pearse said.
“I asked the rider just to have her comfortable, poke around on her and see what he thought of her and the last 100, 150 she made ground. He was happy with her.
“They gave us a starting point of (benchmark) 74 which puts her in between the midweeks and the Saturdays.
“I remember when she came across I thought we might have some fun with her at the midweeks but not to be. Being a 74 has made her a bit hard to place her but we’ve found a race on Saturday and we’ll see where we go from there.”
The Hawkesbury stand-alone Saturday meeting is always a popular race day with punters. Photo: Jenny EvansSource:News Corp Australia
Pearse said like Aussie punters he’s still learning about Serena but he’s hopeful she shows enough this weekend in the Happy 70th Evelyn Benchmark 78 Handicap (1300m) to launch a successful career in Australia.
“I’m going to learn a lot more about her after she has a run on Saturday,” he said. “I’m still learning about her.
“I’m thinking we’ll ride her where she’s comfortable on Saturday and hopefully she’ll hit the line. That will give us a starting point.
“It’s a nice race for me to get a guide on her. The race should be a good experience for her and I can learn a bit more about her.”
Sam Clipperton takes the seat aboard Serena on Saturday and TAB Fixed Odds rate the mare a $26 chance.
Originally published asSerena can ace Aussie rivals for new stable
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