Coffs filly hits ground running in debut
RACING: After a false start to her career, Serene Beauty hit the ground running to score her maiden win in scintillating fashion at the Clarence River Jockey Club on Sunday.
Sired by 2005 Golden Slipper winner Stratum, Coffs Harbour trainer Warren Gavenlock duly had the filly prepared as a two-year-old in April before injury forced her back into the paddock.
But there was no stopping her this time out as she produced a scintillating final sprint to win the Phil Lloyd Earthmoving/Tablelands Timbers 3YO Maiden Plate over 1000m in her first race start yesterday.
“I’m more than happy with her run today. I’m lucky her owners are very patient,” Gavenlock said.
Starting from the widest barrier, jockey Raymond Spokes settled Serene Beauty ($7) at the rear. She was forced to work through traffic down the length of the straight before a final burst in the last 100m to pull away by half a length from Stephen Lee trained $1.65 favourite Annie Ethyl (Luke Rolls).
On that run, Gavenlock agreed she could be looking for a little more distance in future races.
“For sure,” he said. “We’ll be looking this way or Coffs for a class one and then if she aims up we’ll go to the highway with her,” Gavenlock said.
“On that run, I don’t know why she couldn’t.”