Bazeley confident with El Serenata by Julio Santarelli
El Serenata has been in the stables of Aaron Bazeley for a short time but the Kalgoorlie trainer is delighted by her rapid improvement.
The former Esperance galloper ran fifth to Cadia Street, was third behind Bells Victory before walloping her opposition in dominant fashion on Anzac Day.
The Moysater mare, placed just three times from her previous 17 appearances, made a sweeping run when cornering before sprinting clear to win by an easy 3 ¾ lengths.
“She has improved out-of-sight and certainly has surprised me,” Bazeley said.
“She now has to back it up against a better class of opposition.
“But on the strength of her win and the manner in which she has worked since indicates she will go very close again.”
El Serenata, to be ridden by Misty Bazeley, has drawn pole position in the Mincor Resources Handicap (1400m).
Another newcomer to the Bazeley team to improve is Maybe Us who just failed to reel in Big Smoke over the mile last week.
The Elusive Quality mare stepped up after finishing well back at her first two starts back this campaign at Ascot when under the care of leading Perth trainer Jim Taylor.
Bazeley believes Maybe Us, at her tenth career start, can breakthrough in the Aquila Mining Maiden (1400m).
“A good effort behind Big Smoke when she probably peaked on her run,” said Bazeley.
“I can’t fault her work since and the drop back to 1400m will suit and bring her right into play.”
Bazeley was relieved when My Best Buddy drew favourably in barrier six for the BM Geological Services Handicap (1300m).
The five-year-old had been cruelled by wide barriers in three runs back this campaign including last week when he was narrowly edged in a tight contest.
My Best Buddy was fourth and less than a length from The Key Cutter in a busy finish to the race.
“I was really rapt in the run,” said Bazeley.
“He has been crying out for a decent gate and this is his chance to break through.”
Bazeley is banking on consistent galloper Zipfer to run a forward race in the CT Electrical-Mick O’Dea 10 Years Services Handicap (1600m).
The Zariz gelding is getting back to the form he displayed last season when he ran into the money on seven occasions from 12 starts.
Zipfer is on the seven day turnaround after running on strongly from near last to be placed third behind Foryouandme.
“He probably hasn’t enjoyed the best of luck in recent times but if he gets rolling into the race he can figure in the finish,” Bazeley said.
“You can’t knock his consistency.”
Bazeley will also saddle Dawn Raider in the opening race, the Terra Drilling Maiden (1200m).
The Helenus mare, formerly with Jarrad Humphries, resumed when fifth to Artesian Mist at Pinjarra last month.
“She hasn’t been too far off them and her form is better than what it reads,” said Bazeley.
“I think she is capable, but barrier 12 will make it hard.”