After an eye-catching exhibition gallop at Rosehill Gardens between races on Saturday Pierro is looking better than ever for their spring carnival return, the undefeated Golden Slipper champ to resume racing in the Heritage Stakes 2012 at the end of next month.
While the exact spring preparation for the brilliant Lonhro colt is yet to be established, trainer Gai Waterhouse on Saturday announced that their first-up target would most likely be the $100,000 Listed Heritage Stakes (1100m) at Royal Randwick on September 22 – a race won 12 months ago by Karuta Queen.
“He’ll have a trial and we’re still discussing it but we may go to a race on the 22nd, an 1100-metre race,” she said.
A $230,000 purchase from the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sales, Pierro has already amassed over $2.9 million in prize money having won all six of their career starts to date.
Among their stunning juvenile achievements are the three Group 1’s making up the autumn 2YO Triple Crown with Pierro having enjoyed a cleansweep in taking out the $3.5 million Golden Slipper (1200m), $500,000 Group 1 Inglis Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) and the $400,000 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at their three most recent runs back in April.
While the majority of the other headliners from last year’s crop of two-year-olds including Golden Slipper runner-up Snitzerland are back under race conditions, Waterhouse isn’t rushing with Pierro but she has said his return will be “worth the wait”.
“It will be worth the wait, that’s all I can tell you,” she said on Saturday.
For their run on the weekend over 1000m Pierro was partnered by his regular rider Nash Rawiller who has been in the saddle for all six of their turf triumphs to date and who, after their ride on the weekend, is more confident than ever heading into the spring.
“I’m rapt,” Rawiller said after the gallop.
“He needed that today, something a bit different, he was taken out of his normal routine and it will really bring him on.
“Mine does what he has to; he makes it look easy.
“You always feel like you haven’t done enough on him. He gave me a good feel, it was a good first step, he is going in the right direction.”
Despite having named the Heritage Stakes as their resuming target, Sydney’s lady of racing kept the punters on their toes saying that the 2012 Golden Rose hadn’t been ruled out 100 percent either.
Run at Rosehill on Saturday September 15, a week before the Heritage, the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) is the opening Group 1 race of the new season.
“Not off, it’s definitely not off, but that’s what we are thinking about at this point in time,” she said.
“We haven’t set a program but we’ve discussed it numerous times.
“I’ll get him fully fit. He’s cherry ripe for this point in time.”
Latest Golden Rose odds are led by Black Caviar’s boom half-brother All Too Hard ($3.50) who resumed with a somewhat disappointing third to Snitzerland in the San Domenico Stakes (1100m) on the weekend.
The bookies aren’t taking any chances however and the doubtful acceptor Pierro occupies the second line of Golden Rose betting at $5.50 through bookmaker.com.au.
Pierro’s two major spring assignments however are in Melbourne with the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 13 and the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley a fortnight later both firmly on the agenda.
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