EMERGING youngster Bass Strait, impressive winner of today’s Sportingbet Handicap at Sportingbet Park, is on the path towards the Rosehill Guineas.
Bruno Rouge-Serret, a stable foreman for trainer David Hayes, made it two wins from as many starts this campaign when he extended strongly over the concluding stages.
Rouge-Serret said Bass Strait, an effortless first-up winner at Seymour, had always displayed above average ability, but had been a “nervous wreck” early in his career.
“Everything was happening a bit too quick for him early on, he’s more relaxed now,” Rouge-Serret said.
“David has always had a big opinion of him. The penny has dropped with him, he’s now racing like a racehorse.
“If he keeps progressing like we hope he will he could easily end up in a race like the Rosehill Guineas.”
Rouge-Serret said Bass Strait, well ridden by leading apprentice Chad Schofield, is now likely to return to Hayes’ Euroa complex and have possibly another run in Victoria before heading to the Sydney carnival.
He said Bass Strait, a son of Holy Roman Emperor, had untapped potential as he had been running solely on “raw, natural ability”.
“We haven’t done anything with him, we can do a bit of tinkering.”
Bass Strait, $5.50, scored by half a length from Beaumaris, $7.50, with three-quarters of a length to Usurper, $21, third.
Medvedev, the $3.50 favourite, settled back along the rails and made little impression in finishing seventh.