She was “the standout filly’’ at this year’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale and Gai Waterhouse believes Serena Bay can continue to prove her initial judgment correct in Saturday’s $500,000 Inglis Nursery.
Waterhouse will saddle up two Sebring fillies in the juvenile feature - Sheikha will join Serena Bay in the Restricted Listed event.
But it’s what she saw in Serena Bay, a daughter of black-type winning Perth mare Caiguna, at the Easter Sale that Waterhouse believes sets Serena Bay apart from the rest.
“She was a very relaxed filly at Easter, strong yet well-natured with a can-do attitude from day one and that’s exactly what she has shown us so far – that can-do attitude,’’ Waterhouse said.
“She’s a very professional filly and for me was the standout filly at the Easter Sale and there was never any other discussion but to buy her.
“She’s done nothing wrong so far and I expect that won’t change on Saturday.’’
Waterhouse and Blue Sky Bloodstock's Julian Blaxland paid $200,000 for Serena Bay at the Easter Yearling Sale from the Edinburgh Park draft.
She remains unbeaten after two starts, winning on debut at Kembla Grange before graduating to Saturday class with victory in the Golden Gift at Rosehill three weeks ago.
Serena Bay opened an $8 chance with TAB today, behind runaway debut winner She Will Reign from the Gary Portelli stable, who is $1.90 favourite.
“I know the other horse [She Will Reign] last week was impressive at the provincials but my filly is a class act,’’ Waterhouse said.
Serena Bay has drawn barrier six for Saturday’s race.
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