Sydney’s leading lady of racing Gai Waterhouse will make a decide by Wednesday whether or not to run last Saturday’s brilliant Golden Slipper winner Pierro in this weekend’s ATC Sires Produce Stakes 2012 at Royal Randwick.
In a beautiful fence ride from jockey Nash Rawiller Pierro was able to gun down frontrunner Snitzerland to win the world’s richest juvenile’s race over the weekend in Sydney, handing Waterhouse her fourth Golden Slipper triumph.
Now the nicely-bred Lonhro colt will could get a chance to add a second thoroughbred major to their record just seven days later with Pierro one of 97 two-year-olds nominated for the $500,000 Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) when early entries were taken last month.
Waterhouse also nominated for 11 other youngsters including Raceway and Driefontein who ran fifth and sixth in the Golden Slipper, the first of which is the most likely to join Pierro in the ATC Sires Produce Stakes field.
“They will probably do some light exercise (this morning),” Tulloch Lodge stable representative Mark Newnham said of Pierro and Raceway.
“Gai is still undecided about the Sires, the acceptances aren’t until Wednesday and I’d say she will wait for as late as possible before making a final decision.”
If Waterhouse accepts for Pierro the ATC Sires Produce Stakes will become a mouth-watering clash between the reigning Golden Slipper winner and Black Caviar’s undefeated half-brother All Too Hard.
Connections made the decision to bypass the Golden Slipper with the so far flawless Casino Prince colt, the Nathan Tinkler-owned All Too Hard last seen winning the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on March 31.
Nash Rawiller remains unfazed over whether Pierro runs, wins or loses the Sires Produce saying the colt had done more than enough in his eyes winning the Slipper.
“Pierro has done it, he is proven, he wasn’t the one who took the easy option last week, he went out and did it in the Slipper,” Rawiller said.
The hoop went on to say that Pierro had come through the Golden Slipper in good order, much better than the way they felt after winning the Todman Stakes two starts back.
“You don’t pull up after a race like that and not feel the effect of it,” he said.
“I was actually happier with the way he went past the line and pulled up than the start before.
“He just seemed so much fitter and on the job yesterday (Saturday), which he had to be to do what he did.
“I wouldn’t have a problem with him backing up but I also understand there is so much you can do as a three-year-old too, there is no real need for him to keep going now, he has done it.”
Last year’s ATC Sires Produce Stakes was won by the now overseas raced Helmet, the champion colt then prepared by Peter Snowden.
Snowden will be out for back-to-back ATC Sires Produce victories this weekend with a handful of nominees after his highly fancied youngster Epaulette failed to fire and finished a shock dead last in the Golden Slipper on Saturday.
Three Group 1 races will run at Randwick this weekend the others being the $1 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) and the $1.5 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m).
Royal Randwick fields and barriers for all of this Saturday’s features are due out tomorrow, Races.com.au to publish all the acceptances and gates.
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2012 ATC Sires Produce Stakes Nominations
Royal Randwick – 14/04/2012
|1||A BRIDGE TOO FAR||Kris Lees|
|2||ALL TOO HARD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|10||CASINOHOLIC||John P Thompson|
|12||CHEERS RIHANNA||David Pfieffer|
|17||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners|
|18||DIAMOND COSTA||Anthony Cummings|
|19||DIAMOND PLAYER||Anthony Cummings|
|23||EXTREME IMPACT||David Hayes|
|24||FATHOM||John P Thompson|
|26||FERN HILL||Chris Waller|
|28||FLYING SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan|
|29||FOB DUBAI||Chris Waller|
|30||GIBBERER||John P Thompson|
|31||GOLD EPONA||Kris Lees|
|32||GRAND PRINCE||Bart Cummings|
|33||GREY SKATES||Anthony Cummings|
|34||HARD MARKER||Anthony Cummings|
|36||HEAVEN BENEATH||Anthony Cummings|
|38||HUSSOUSA||John P Thompson|
|39||JADE MARAUDER||Chris Waller|
|40||JOLLY DRUMMER||David Payne|
|41||KING OF OLYMPIA||Gai Waterhouse|
|42||KINGDOM OF CAID||David Hayes|
|46||LA CASINO||John P Thompson|
|47||LA PIETA||Peter Snowden|
|48||LASER FLASH||David Payne|
|49||LATER GATOR (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|50||LAUGHING LAD||Peter G Moody|
|52||LE CAP||Tim Martin|
|53||LIGHTNING DREW||Tim Martin|
|55||LIVE IN DOUBT||Peter G Moody|
|56||LONG LASTING||Kris Lees|
|57||LORD DUVEEN||Clarry Conners|
|58||LOVE AFFAIR||Grahame Begg|
|62||MAREEZA||Peter G Moody|
|66||MRS GRAY||David Hayes|
|68||NEDIYM’S QUEST||David Pfieffer|
|69||NO LOOKING BACK||Gai Waterhouse|
|71||OSAKA SUN||Anthony Cummings|
|73||PRONTO PRONTO||Jason Warren|
|75||PURE HUSTLE||Gai Waterhouse|
|79||RED HOT CHILLIES||Grahame Begg|
|82||RIGHT TO ROAM||Pat Carey|
|83||ROLL THE BONES||John P Thompson|
|87||SHE’S A FOX||Anthony Cummings|
|90||STRENGTH||John P Thompson|
|92||THE BROKEN SHORE||Gai Waterhouse|
|94||TROPHIES||John P Thompson|
|96||VARANASI||John P Thompson|
|97||WILL BE AMAZED||John P Thompson|