Serene a Mornington Star
Sep 12, 2012
Wednesday's Mornington winner Serene Star is not a mare whose family is bursting with big names but the six-year-old does not know her relations are - she just knows how to get to the line!
Successful at her last three - and five of her last six - and six of ten overall, the gutsy bay came from well back under the urgings of Adam McCabe who was aboard when Serene Star won at her first start back in July 2010.
Settling worse than midfield on the rails, Serene Star was giving her rivals quite the start in the straight but, upon gaining a split at the 100m, she charged to the line to win by a long neck - looking to have plenty in hand.
Bred by long time stable client Janet Francis and raced by Mick Kent and stable supervisor Barry Barnes, Serene Star is a daughter of the little known Gone West stallion Western Verse.
The winner of just one race - a York maiden under the care of Frankel's trainer Sir Henry Cecil - Western Verse died young having produced only 28 foals.
A son of the Epsom Oaks heroine Reams Of Verse, Western Verse has had just 15 runners - seven winners with Serene Star the best performed.
Serene Star's dam Serene Snip was unraced - out of the placings at her only official trial. She has had just one other named foal, the Runyon gelding Serene Flash a winner at Seymour and Moe.
Whilst this is not a family of black type winners, it is one of horses who know how to find the line - Serene Snip's dam Serene Gold a city winner of seven races whilst another of her daughters produced Serene Prince - winner of ten races, four of those at metropolitan level.