The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - MATT JONES

IT was fit­ting a Chris Waller­trained horse won yes­ter­day’s race cel­e­brat­ing his in­duc­tion into the Aus­tralian Rac­ing Hall of Fame, but jockey James McDon­ald said that’s not all he should be ex­cited about as I Am Se­ri­ous is the real deal.

The four-year-old raced in a three­wide po­si­tion from gate 13 at Rose­hill but trav­elled well for McDon­ald, who made the win­ning move at the 600m.

She pow­ered past the field in the straight and never looked threat­ened to beat La Chica Bella by 1¾ lengths eased down.

“She’s a beau­ti­ful mare and I think she’s bet­ter than that and can progress to stakes grade soon,” McDon­ald said.

Stable rep­re­sen­ta­tive Charlie Duck­worth said it was good to see her bounce back af­ter a be­low-par seventh to Crafty Cop.

“As we all saw in her first-up run, she can hit a bit of a flat spot so it was nice to see James get nice and mo­bile early on her over 1400m,” he said.

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