Rogerson raves about his filly
Graeme Rogerson could barely contain his excitement when discussing his juvenile filly Serena Miss ahead of her debut at Wanganui Saturday.
“She’s high class and at 17 hands is probably the biggest horse I’ve trained. She’s very smart, as you may have have noticed if you watched the tape of her trials win. I’m expecting her to go real good Saturday. I just hope it doesn’t get too wet.
“I bought her at the sales and syndicated her out and kept a share.”
Serena Miss’ sensational trial came at Te Teko on August 2. She settled off the pace but easily picked up her rivals in the home straight and went to the line hard held.
How stable rider Rory Hutchings must be wishing he was aboard her today. Instead he will steer stablemate Wawrinka.
Rogerson’s confidence may be sky high but it’s a not over the line yet. Up against Serena Miss is Hamish Auret’s Perfect Suggestion. He is rapt with the son of Any Suggestion’s rapid progress and believes he could be an improvement on the stylish Mont Bleu, whom he sold to Singapore for a handsome sum recently.
Johno Benner has an investment too with his colt Lumineer. Hasn’t trialled but his youngsters are usually up for it on debut, as Vespa proved.
Rogerson is looking for more from Cosmic Cube in the third. He was very good as a juvenile but his four-year-old year was set back when he was injured in the starting gates in February.
He is coming off a tidy effort freshup on August 20 and Rogerson is looking for more improvement Saturday.
He rates his Guineas hope Scusa an each way hope. “He’s had a couple of good trials and likes some give in the ground. He should go good.”
Williams filly could upset the boss
Rick Williams will monitor four runners in the Listed three-year-old features at Wanganui on Saturday, but so far has avoided telling his boss about one of them.
Williams, general manager and racing manager at Dick Karreman’s The Oaks Stud at Cambridge, believes all four are winning chances in races which could prove worthy springboards into upcoming Guineas races this spring.
The Ralph Manning-trained Tornado Alley contests the Listed HS Dyke Wanganui Guineas for Karreman, while the trio of Cryptic, Justa Secret and Eyesonyou tackle the Listed The O’Learys Fillies Stakes.
While the Keith and Brendon Hawtin-trained Cryptic and the Lisa Latta-trained Justa Secret race in The Oaks Stud ownership, the Manning-trained Eyesonyou is owned by Williams and his Vietnam-based mate Lars Holden.
“I haven’t even told Dick I’ve got a runner in the race yet,” Williams said. “I might have to keep the phone off the hook if she wins.
“Between us, we’ve got three of the eight runners, so we’re attacking it in numbers. You’d like to think at least one of them can run in the first three. I’d feel a bit sick if they were the last three home.”
Cryptic won the Listed Wellesley Stakes at Trentham last season and Williams was expecting quick improvement from her first-up sixth in the Hawke’s Bay Guineas Prelude at Hastings last week.
“She’s already a stakes winner so she’s shown that she’s able to do it at this level,” he said.
“She just didn’t like the sticky track last time, but I watched her work on Tuesday and she went really well. She’s improved dramatically.”
Williams said Justa Secret and Eyesonyou had excuses for their most recent unplaced runs – Justa Secret getting overawed by the occasion of the Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes and Eyesonyou tying up – but both were primed for better runs on Saturday.
“There’s not a hell of a lot between the three of them. Niki Piki Milo is the horse to beat, but her form is on heavy tracks, whereas our three will appreciate the better footing,” Williams said.
Tornado Alley opened as the $8 third favourite for the Wanganui Guineas, with Williams confident the Bachelor Duke gelding had the ability to win. – NZ Racing Desk.