Golden Slipper Winner Pierro Next Race – 2012 ATC Sires Produce Stakes

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.


Golden Slipper winner Pierro could back up in the 2012 ATC Sires Produce Stakes this Saturday

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, to publish all the acceptances and gates.

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2012 ATC Sires Produce Stakes Nominations

Royal Randwick – 14/04/2012

# Horse Trainer
2 ALL TOO HARD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
3 AMORINO Gerald Ryan
4 ASHOKAN John O’Shea
5 BENEDICTUS Peter Snowden
6 BOBAN Anthony Freedman
7 CALAMBA Anthony Cummings
8 CAMEO Peter Snowden
9 CAMPANIA Garry Frazer
10 CASINOHOLIC John P Thompson
11 CATKINS Chris Waller
12 CHEERS RIHANNA David Pfieffer
13 CIAO Clarry Conners
14 COINS Peter Snowden
15 COLLECT Kevin Moses
16 DANAURA Chris Waller
17 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners
18 DIAMOND COSTA Anthony Cummings
19 DIAMOND PLAYER Anthony Cummings
20 DRIEFONTEIN Gai Waterhouse
21 EPAULETTE Peter Snowden
22 ERGHAAM David Hayes
24 FATHOM John P Thompson
25 FAUSTUS John O’Shea
26 FERN HILL Chris Waller
27 FIVEANDAHALFSTAR Anthony Cummings
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
37 HONORIUS David Payne
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
43 KNOCKABOUT Bjorn Baker
44 KUCHINSKAYA Gai Waterhouse
45 KYRIA Grahame Begg
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
51 LAURENSTAR Gai Waterhouse
52 LE CAP Tim Martin
54 LIMES Peter Snowden
55 LIVE IN DOUBT Peter G Moody
57 LORD DUVEEN Clarry Conners
58 LOVE AFFAIR Grahame Begg
59 LYRIC Peter Snowden
60 MALUTI Peter Snowden
61 MARAATIB David Hayes
62 MAREEZA Peter G Moody
63 MAXIMILIAN Bart Cummings
64 MEIDUNG Peter Snowden
65 MOTTLED Peter Snowden
66 MRS GRAY David Hayes
67 NARCISSUS Peter Snowden
68 NEDIYM’S QUEST David Pfieffer
69 NO LOOKING BACK Gai Waterhouse
70 OMNISCIENT Peter Snowden
71 OSAKA SUN Anthony Cummings
72 PIERRO Gai Waterhouse
73 PRONTO PRONTO Jason Warren
74 PROVERB Peter Snowden
75 PURE HUSTLE Gai Waterhouse
76 QUEENSTOWN Gai Waterhouse
77 RACEWAY Gai Waterhouse
78 RASTRO Chris Waller
79 RED HOT CHILLIES Grahame Begg
80 REPORT Clarry Conners
81 RHANDARA Jim Conlan
82 RIGHT TO ROAM Pat Carey
83 ROLL THE BONES John P Thompson
84 SAMAREADY Mick Price
85 SCARRZAM Jason Deamer
86 SHELFORD John O’Shea
87 SHE’S A FOX Anthony Cummings
88 SNITZERLAND Gerald Ryan
89 SOLEMN Peter Snowden
90 STRENGTH John P Thompson
91 TATRA Peter Snowden
92 THE BROKEN SHORE Gai Waterhouse
93 TOYDINI Guy Walter
94 TROPHIES John P Thompson
95 VALERIO Gai Waterhouse
96 VARANASI John P Thompson
97 WILL BE AMAZED John P Thompson