Marsh again serious about Sydney pickings

Serious Satire beating Serena Miss in the Gr. 3 Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings last spring. She's ready to show that class in Sydney on Saturday.

Serious Satire beating Serena Miss in the Gr. 3 Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings last spring. She’s ready to show that class in Sydney on Saturday.

It’s another throw of the dice for Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh in Sydney this weekend and he’s quietly confident of again coming back with the cash.

Marsh picked up the Gr.1 ATC Oaks with Sofia Rosa at Randwick during the Sydney Championships meeting and produced No More Tears to be Group Three-placed in Sydney. And now his attention is focused on Serious Satire, who will attempt to make it three successful Sydney trips from as many attempts this year.

Serious Satire will contest the $A85,000 Pat Hyland Handicap, a three-year-old benchmark 75 event over 1400 metres at Rosehill on Saturday.

“The owner (David Paykel) is keen to try her in Aussie so we’re having a go,” said Marsh. “She flew over yesterday and handled it well. She never turned a hair and she has arrived in great order.”

Serious Satire will be ridden by Brenton Avdulla, whose only other ride for Marsh was aboard Sofia Rosa in her Sydney debut last September when the filly finished sixth in the Gr. 2 Tea Rose Stakes at Randwick.

“She’s drawn two and hopefully she can get a sweet trip from there,” said Marsh. “I’ll be telling him (Avdulla) to get her out and balanced. She needs to be rolling and in the clear and she winds up late. That’s what she did when she won both her races at Hastings.”

Serious Satire has always looked a potential star. She was beaten a mere head on debut on a heavy10 track at Avondale as a late two-year-old then produced an amazing finish to beat subsequent dual Group One placegetter Battle Time over 1200 at Hastings last August.

She again won her next start at Hastings, powering home to beat Serena Miss in the Gr. 3 Windsor Park/ Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes, before jarring up on a hard track when unplaced in the Gr. 2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes at Te Rapa.

Freshened and after a couple of quiet trials, she resumed in the Gr. 3 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders Stakes at Te Rapa last month and, though she beat just four home, her performance was better than it looks on paper. She was hampered at the start and checked when crowded 250 metres from the finish.

“She didn’t have much luck in the straight,” said Marsh. “(rider Michael) McNab said she felt great.

“She came through the race well and I couldn’t be happier with her before she left for Sydney.”

Marsh hopes to get Serious Satire to Melbourne in the spring and the filly’s performance on Saturday will be vital to the trip.

“If she wins she can come home and get ready for Melbourne,” said Marsh. “She’ll have the stakemoney to get in down in Melbourne. There’s a nice mare’s race we could look at on Memsie Stakes day, August 27, at Caulfield.

“If she doesn’t win on Saturday she could stay on in Sydney for one more run. There’s a similar race two weeks’ later over 1500 again at Rosehill.”

Serious Satire has had her rating lifted from 70 in New Zealand to 75 in Sydney and will carry 59kg on Saturday when she shoots for the first prizemoney of $A48,750. A win will take her earnings over $100,000.