Piping hot Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse is hopeful of continuing the high brought on by Pierro’s Golden Slipper win last Saturday by running the 2012 Inglis Sires Produce Stakes quinella at Royal Randwick this Australian Derby Day.
Of the small seven horse field this year’s $500,000 Group 1 ATC Inglis Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) attracted Waterhouse will saddle up two livewire chances with Golden Slipper winner Pierro and the progressive Raceway.
Current Inglis Sires Produce Stakes odds at the country’s leading online bookie bookmaker.com.au are firmly led by a third horse with Black Caviar’s unbeaten half-brother All Too Hard odds-on favourite.
The Hawkes-trained Casino Prince colt out of Black Caviar’s dam Helsinge is ‘All Too Hard’ to beat according to the bookies who have the last start Pago Pago Stakes winner at $1.65 to post their fourth career victory on the trot.
They will be the fresh horse coming into the race having bypassed the Golden Slipper last weekend, and are also proven over the 1400-metres with a big four length romp to win the Group 2 Henry Bucks Sires Produce Stakes over the distance at Flemington back on March 10.
The also unbeaten Pierro then occupies the second line of Inglis Sires Produce Stakes betting at a quote of $2.40, and really having won the world’s richest two-year-olds’ race last start they have little to prove here, Waterhouse believing her horse should be the favourite.
“Of course he should be (favourite),” Waterhouse said.
“What’s he got to prove? Nothing.”
Waterhouse clearly believes another Group 1 win is awaiting Pierro on Saturday, and she also holds a high opinion of Raceway who ran fifth in the Slipper.
“They have pulled up terrific,” she said.
“They are as happy as pigs in mud.
“I wouldn’t be starting them if I wasn’t really happy with them.
“I knew there would only be a small field.
“And I can’t see why they (Pierro and Raceway) can’t run first and second.”
The Sires Produce will be the first time both Pierro and Raceway see the 1400-metres, but the distance holds few fears for Waterhouse.
“I think they’ll do it (the 1400m) with their eyes shut,” she said.
“Pierro has got it in his breeding and Raceway strikes me with the way he races as a horse looking for distance.”
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