Giants Serapis is making headway
Me Tsui Yu-sak's stable has turned the corner for the better, with 50 per cent of his runners firing in the First-4 in the first four meetings of March - three wins, five seconds, five thirds and two fourths from 30 starters - and improving Giants Serapis can keep that tally ticking over.
The four-year-old has taken time to find his feet after arriving last term from the Kevin Prendergast yard on a mark of 65 - with form of five placings (four on turf and one on polytrack) over 1,400m and 1,600m in Ireland.
He was well-beaten in eight starts at Sha Tin and at the city venue, but surprisingly woke up with a closing neck second to promising The Fast Lane at 1,400m over the weekend at 66-1 odds under Olivier Doleuze. He showed the effort was no fluke when backing up after three days' rest on the all-weather track on Wednesday night at Sha Tin with another nice third behind Suisse D'Or - this time for evergreen Jeff Lloyd, as Doleuze had a firm commitment to Jolly Wongchoy.
Giants Serapis is a son of superb racehorse and sire Giant's Causeway, who was a nine-time winner from 1,200m to 2,000m, including six Group Ones in Europe. He has fathered five winners from nine starters in Hong Kong, among them Amigo, New Glory and Emperor Claudius.
He's the only starter from Soviet Star mare Megec Blis, who was a triple winner in Ireland up to 1,400m and eight-times placed, including a Group Three third in the Athasi Stakes at the Curragh. His lower half of the family also includes the likes of Group winners Snaadee, Russian Bond and Cristofori who are all foals of his third dam Somfas.
Giants Serapis appears to have acclimatised and should be able to make his presence felt at 1,400m to 1,800m and can thrive on a wet track.
The winning strike rate for Me Tsui, who has sent out 337 runners this term