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Melbourne’s Michael Moroney is looking at backing-up his in-form filly Serenade on successive Saturdays in Queensland with the Ipswich runner this weekend being considered for a Tattersall’s Tiara 2016 run.
A progressive three-year-old daughter of Star Witness, Moroney’s nicely-bred youngster is one of 13 remaining hopes in the last on Ipswich Cup Day on the weekend.
She jumps from a gun barrier three draw with Jeff Lloyd aboard in the $100,000 Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) and is the firming $3.20 favourite through Ladbrokes.com.au for the win.
Three back Serenade saluted at Ballarat carrying 58.5kg to victory over 1200m with Glen Boss aboard for her mid-April success, the second of her career.
Next start on April 30 she went to Adelaide and finished a brave third to Rageese in the Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m) before her winter bid in Brisbane began on May 21.
On Doomben Cup Day she contested the Listed Bright Shadow Handicap (1200m) and ran second, beaten under a length, to Palazzo Pubblico.
She is out to go one better against the older mares in the 2016 Gai Waterhouse Classic on Saturday in her first look at the Ipswich track and is tipped to do just that by the bookies.
If all goes to plan and Serenade runs well for the punters, Moroney said he was seriously considering running her again seven days later at Eagle Farm Racecourse in the $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m).
“She has been knocking on the door for black type, two of her last three starts she has got a black-type placing, she has drawn well, as long as she can jump and use that barrier I am sure she will be hard to beat,” Moroney, who has no other Ipswich runners on Saturday, told Racing Victoria.
“We will probably back up in the Tiara, if she happens to win this we will give her a chance at a Group 1.
“I think when you have these fillies and mares, if they are in form, and she can come out of it well enough, you’ve got to roll the dice a bit.
“She is a valuable filly, half to Stratum Star and from Emancipation’s family, so if we can get Group 1 Black-Type it would be great.”
The fillies have a gun recent record in the Tattersall’s Tiara with five saluting in the past eight years, most recently the Gai Waterhouse-trained Cosmic Endeavour (2014).
She, like all but one other Tattersall’s Tiara winner since 2005, however came off a final lead-up run in Brisbane having taken out the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes.
History then is against Serenade should she come out of the Gai Waterhouse Classic and step up in class for the Group 1 run this Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.
Moroney has saddled-up three previous Tattersall’s Tiara runners over the years for just the one third place finish, so is also chasing his maiden win in the feature previously known as the Winter Stakes.
The other major players in the Gai Waterhouse Classic betting markets for Saturday meanwhile are the Darren Weir-trained Scarlet Billows ($3.90) carrying the 59kg top weight and Echo Gal ($4.60) coming off a brave sixth to Spill The Beans in last weekend’s Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm.
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