Highly talented chaser Sergio makes his return to The Gardens in race eight today, over the 515 metres.
Sergio has not raced at The Gardens since beginning his race track career in the Laurie Healon Memorial maiden series for champion trainer Kel Greenough, where he won his heat and semi-final in sizzling fashion. In the final he was a credible fourth to another boom youngster Lochinvar Marlow, after being slowly.
The beautifully bred son of Collision and Tarawi Tess would go on to win six of his first seven starts and was an odds on favourite in the Group Two South Australian Derby at his eight race track appearance.
However, the beautifully bred son of Collision and Tarawi Tess went winless in his next seven starts following his SA Derby semi-final victory. Sergio returned to NSW, where he is owned by Lorraine Atchison, to the care of Lake Haven mentor John Barrett, best known for reviving the career of another talented galloper, Ticabond, which he owned himself.
Sergio has only won once in five appearances for Barrett, but has been never been far away against some of the State’s best chasers, including outstanding litter mates Pulp and Little Sparkle as well as last start Wentworth Park winner Hesa Felon.
Today, Sergio drops back in class and a form analyst won’t hear of the exciting sprinter being beaten, stating;
“SERGIO (6) looks a complete moral, good beginner with early speed ideally drawn wide out, drops sharply in class on his latest outing, time to bet up!”
Coincidentally, Lochinvar Marlow, Sergio’s conqueror in the Laurie Healon Memorial is also engaged today in race three, the FORSYTHES STAKES (515m), and will be one of the shortest priced favourites of the program, after drawing the coveted rails ally and making a return to winning form with a sensational 29.43 performance at The Gardens last Saturday night.
You can bet live on this afternoon’s bumper meeting at The Gardens at Iasbet or Sportsbet, with the first race of the twilight program scheduled to kick off at 4.06pm AEST