Start All Important For Serong In WA Bred Final

HIGHLY promising youngster Serong is a leading contender for Saturday night's WA Bred Championship at Cannington for trainer Paul Stuart.

David Brasch

24 September 2021

HIGHLY  promising youngster Serong needs to make up his mind out of the boxes to continue winning feature races.

That’s the opinion of his trainer Paul Stuart of the son of Fernando Bale-Starlight Shine which comes out of box five in the final of the Listed WA-Bred Championship (520m) at Cannington on Saturday night.

He comes into the race off a 29.63 heat win last week, the quickest of the qualifiers.


“He can make feature race finals, but he has trouble winning them,” Stuart said.

“And, he’s changed his pattern of jumping from the boxes.

“Where once he used to go right out of the boxes, now he is going hard left. I’m hoping he will soon start to go straight.”

Serong has started 20 times for nine wins and five placings for $68,000 in stakes and recently won The Westchase, was third in the Spring Gift and a finalist in the Peter Thomas.

“He’s got plenty of ability,” Stuart added. “But he lacks a bit of dash for the first 10 metres. He’s got great back straight pace.

“He’s no world beater but he is young and he’s got plenty of time to improve.”

Stuart rates Momentum (Lighting Frank-Belron Bonnie) from the Cosimo Dagostino kennel the hardest to beat.

“He’s a real speed dog who was making his 500 metre debut last week when second to Sunset Piper,” Stuart added. “I rated it the run of the heats last week and now he has drawn perfectly in the two for the final.

“But, it is a very even race with plenty of chances with lots of early pace drawn inside.”