Serene chas­ing au­tumn cam­paign

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - RAY HICKSON

UN­BEATEN mare Serene Miss will book her­self an au­tumn car­ni­val cam­paign if she can make it four from four at Can­ter­bury tonight.

Trainer Kris Lees said the four-year-old has im­pressed him since her first-up win at the last night meet­ing and sees no rea­son why she won’t fire in Aus­tralian Turf Club Hand­i­cap (1250m).

“She’s trained on well, she hasn’t shown any signs of go­ing back­wards in her work,” Lees said.

“I don’t know how much fur­ther we will go for the preparation but it looks a good op­tion for her.

“She ca­pa­ble of mea­sur­ing up to bet­ter com­pany and we’ll prob­a­bly put her away for the au­tumn.”

Lees has booked lead­ing ap­pren­tice Rachel King to take 1.5kg off Serene Miss, a $525,000 pur­chase as a year­ling, and she’ll only carry 0.5kg more than her first-up win.

“She’s start­ing to get up in weight, that’s why we put Rachel on, but she has a soft gate that will help,” Lees said.

“I’d like to see bit of rain to take the edge off the track would be ideal for her.”

It’s been a long time away from the track Su­gar Bella who has her first run for Lees in Hand­i­cap (1100m).

Formerly with Danny Wil­liams, the mare was an im­pres­sive win­ner at her first two starts at Goul­burn be­fore fin­ish­ing mid­field at Rose­hill on July 30, 2016.

It hasn’t been com­pletely smooth sail­ing for Su­gar Bella, who has tri­alled three times ahead of her re­turn with a month be­tween hit-outs due to Lees not be­ing happy her blood post her Oc­to­ber 23 trial.

“She’s tri­alled up well since and is a nice mare,” he said.

“Prob­a­bly she will be bet­ter suited over fur­ther but com­ing off a long break it’s a race where she could sprint well fresh.”

And at Rose­hill to­mor­row Lees’s re­ju­ve­nated stayer Doukhan is aim­ing to make it three straight in the Tab. Hand­i­cap (2400m).

The nine-year-old won his first race in well over two years when he scored at Rand­wick on Novem­ber 7 then backed it up out­stay­ing his ri­vals over 2700m at Can­ter­bury 15 days later.

Ap­pren­tice Jean Van Over­meire has been on board on both oc­ca­sions and Doukhan will drop to 57kg af­ter his claim.

“He’s hold­ing his form at home and seems in good or­der,” Lees said.

“When you do a ten­don twice you start to ques­tion whether it is worth the while but they have been per­sis­tent and are get­ting a few re­wards now.”

Serene Miss is look­ing to ex­tend her streak to four at Can­ter­bury.

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