Queanbeyan trainer, Tony Sergi, will unleash the three-quarter sister to talented sprinter Island Bay Boy at his home track on Thursday, with Island Bay Lady making her debut in the 1000m Maiden Handicap.
Island Bay Lady is by Casino Prince and out of Pressera, while Island Bay Boy is by the son of Casino Prince, All Too Hard, and also out of Pressera.
Connections will hope talent runs in the blood, with Island Bay Boy already a four-time winner from nine starts, recently contesting The Kosciuszko, and Sergi said there wasn’t too much different when comparing the two.
“I wish we knew the future but from what I’ve seen, they are a lot alike. They are both nice horses and both are going really well; I’m happy with them,” Sergi said.
“They have the same attitude, but she is a bit smaller, a bit finer.
“They don’t mind the work, and both are very happy in the stable. The only difference I can find is that he was more laid back at his trackwork, but she is fizzer, but as time goes by, she will go better.”
Island Bay Lady, who was originally with Chris Waller, will debut as a four-year-old, and Sergi wasn’t surprised, explaining that both gallopers had taken time to mature.
“She trialled with Waller, but the owner Tony Muollo, he told me she needed eight months off, so she had a spell and came back,” Sergi said.
“We gave her time, and instead of leaving her up there, we thought she would come here, and she is getting better and better.”
Sergi believed Island Bay Lady’s immature nature was typical of her breeding, but he hinted that she was improving all the time and finally ready for a race.
“She is just immature – the Casino Princes and All Too Hards – most of them are like that, and if you look at Island Bay Boy, he didn’t start racing until last October and she is much the same,” Sergi said.
“I am trying to do the same sort of thing with her; just give her a bit of time to mature, which means she will probably have one start and go back to the paddock.”
The Queanbeyan trainer believes the younger of the two siblings could be just as good as her talented brother in time, which is an exciting prospect for connections.
“They have both showed similar traits in work. They are running the same kind of times and they both come back and eat everything,” Sergi said.
“She is a nice horse and I imagine she should go well.”
Island Bay Lady will be tested first-up, drawing gate 11, meaning veteran hoop Richard Bensley will have the tough job of getting her in a good spot and out of trouble.
In what is another good day of South East racing, Island Bay Lady’s attempt to win the 1000m Maiden Handicap is the first event on the seven-race Queanbeyan program, jumping at 2.04pm and racing fans get full fields by clicking here.