Despite having won the Golden Slipper – the world’s richest juvenile’s race, Gai Waterhouse’s undefeated colt Pierro is playing second fiddle to another unbeaten youngster in the ATC Inglis Sires Produce Stakes 2012 odds for Saturday, Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard the odds-on favourite.
The Michael Wayne and John Hawkes-trained Casino Prince colt All Too Hard, who shares the dam Helsinge with Australia’s turf darling Black Caviar, bypassed last Saturday’s Golden Slipper and was saved for the $500,000 Group 1 Inglis Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick this weekend.
What owner Nathan Tinkler probably wasn’t banking on was that Golden Slipper winner Pierro would also be there in the Sires Produce ready to add another Group 1 to their flawless record to date.
The punters and bookies aren’t banking on Lonhro colt Pierro to remain unvanquished come Sunday morning, however, the quick back-up after a Golden Slipper win working against them in the Inglis Sires Produce Stakes markets.
“It was a good win in the Golden Slipper but it was a tough run, he is on the quick back-up and taking on a horse (All Too Hard) who we think would have won the Slipper just as easy, if not easier, with the same run,” Adam Hamilton from TAB Sportsbet said.
“We’ve got no doubt he (All Too Hard) will start a clear favourite on race day and prove his class.”
In the latest Inglis Sires Produce Stakes odds at our preferred online bookie bookmaker.com.au Pierro pays $2.40 while All Too Hard sits top of the markets at a short $1.65.
Waterhouse is confident that Pierro can handle two big Group 1 tests in just seven days, Pierro seeing Randwick for the first time since their Listed Thoroughbred Breeders Plate win on debut last October.
“He wouldn’t be in the race if I wasn’t happy with him, he is bright and bubbly and ready to run,” she said.
Still Pierro sees the 1400-metres for the first time in the Sires Produce, All Too Hard already proven over the distance after their dominant four length win in the Group 2 Henry Bucks Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on March 10.
Last start All Too Hard their third in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill, proving they could handle the other way of racing as well.
No other runner is under double-figures in the Inglis Sires Produce Stakes odds, the next best fancied being Pierro’s stablemate Raceway and the John O’Shea-trained Ashokan paying $21.
More Than Ready rig Raceway comes off a Golden Slipper fifth, before which they ran second to Ashokan in the Group 3 Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.
Also by More Than Ready, after winning the Skyline Ashokan could only manage to finish 12th in the Slipper from their wide barrier 14 (of 16) draw but was still only a length further back than Raceway in the clash.
The only other hopeful under triple figures is then $51 shot Faustus, another More Than Ready colt from John O’Shea’s stables who finished a credible 11th in the Golden Slipper from a nasty gate (13).
Pago Pago Stakes third placed Limes ($101) and the fellow Peter Snowden-trained Tatra ($201), fourth to All Too Hard in the VRC Sires Produce last time out, round out the Inglis Sires Produce Stakes markets at bookmaker.com.au.
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2012 ATC Inglis Sires Produce Stakes Odds
Royal Randwick Race 5 – 2:16pm – 14/04/2012
|2||ALL TOO HARD (3)||1.65|
*Fixed Win Odds provided by bookmaker.com.au and subject to change