Improved Serendipity is ready for good season
Serendipity had been off the scene since June, but showed the long break had done him a world of good with an eye-catching first-up performance at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.
The Francis Lui Kin-wai-trained four-year-old returned in fantastic order, with his coat shining and looking more mature. Serendipity's work prior to this run had been solid including a trial win on the all-weather track last month.
Lui, who has only racked up a handful of winners this campaign, is surely looking forward to his next run over a longer sprint, where the gelding impressed over 1,200m at Sha Tin with two unlucky efforts.
In a wide-open betting market in the opening event, Serendipity jumped the sixth choice at near 9-1 odds in the Class Four dash over 1,000m for Zac Purton.
He was handy in the run after breaking alertly from gate seven, shuffled back to midfield after steadying off the heels of Supreme De Union, cornered three wide and was staying on nicely to come up a 11/2-length fourth behind smart debut winner Green Eagle.
Serendipity is still open to improvement and has the pedigree to be a bread-and-butter performer. The New Zealand-bred is by budding Tale Of The Cat stallion Falkirk, an eight-time sprint winner in Australia who has been represented on the local scene by exciting four-year-olds Fay Fay, Best City and Solar Great.
His dam, the General Nediym mare Marsanne, was a 1,400m winner at Te Rapa and four-times placed from 13 starts in New Zealand, while his second dam, the Success Express mare Success Etoile, was a winner in Australia at 1,500m.
Earliest traces of black-type from his female line can only be found from his third dam, Zetoile, a multiple winner from 1,300 metres to 2,400m, including the Listed Queensland Tatt's RC Winter Stakes over 1,400m.
Serendipity doesn't have a pedigree that rocks ships, but has the tools to be a decent sprinter with 1,400m at Sha Tin his true meal ticket.
Also, with the influence of Tale Of The Cat on top and Success Express on the bottom half, Serendipity may also prove one to keep safe over 1,200m on the all-weather track.