Gai Waterhouse’s undefeated colt Pierro will have their latest Cox Plate trial this Friday night when they make their Melbourne race debut in the Bill Stutt Stakes 2012.
The Lonhro three-year-old has won all seven of their career starts to date including three Group 1 victories headlined by their Golden Slipper triumph during the autumn.
Pierro returned to racing back on September 1 when winning the Group 3 The Run To The Rose (1200m) with an impressive 60kg on their back and will now shoot for win number eight in the $220,000 Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) which will be their first run outside of Sydney.
The youngster is unlikely to have many, if any, doubters on Friday night however after they proved they could reproduce their brilliance the other way of going when working the reverse-way at Randwick last Saturday morning in a piece of trackwork.
“It has been a long while since I’ve had one work as good,” Waterhouse said of Pierro.
“Simply amazing this horse, he just keeps raising the bar, improving all the time.
“They (the people in Melbourne) are going to see what a star colt this horse really is.
“I couldn’t be happier as we loaded him on to the float (on Sunday).”
One of two Group 2 features to run under the lights at Moonee Valley on Friday evening, the 2012 Bill Stutt Stakes drew 13 early entries with nominations extended until 10am on Tuesday.
Pierro is the obvious headliner using the race as a lead-up towards the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) back at Moonee Valley on October 27 for which they are the current $5 favourite for at bookmaker.com.au.
Along with Pierro another unbeaten youngster is also nominated for the Bill Stutt with the lightly-raced Philippi.
Michael Kent’s Host colt debuted with a big win at Mornington over 1532m back in August and was last seen taking out a 1500m handicap at Moonee Valley on September 15, ridden both times by Luke Nolen.
Philippi heads towards a possible run in the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 13 as a $41 roughie in the current Guineas markets.
Also out for their third on the trot is then the Tony McEvoy-trained Jimando last seen taking out the Listed Henry Bucks Best Dressed (1400m) at Flemington on September 8.
Other notable Bill Stutt Stakes entries then include Danny O’Brien’s up-and-coming O’Reilly colt Shamexpress and the untapped Robbie Laing-trained Subiaso.
Check out the full 2012 City Jeep Bill Stutt Stakes nominations in the table below with the final field due out on Wednesday.
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2012 Bill Stutt Stakes Nominations
Moonee Valley – 28/09/2012
|2||CARRINGBUSH JACK||Leon Corstens||64|
|3||HEY BIG BENDER||Nigel Blackiston||60|
|8||PRINCE JESTER (NZ)||Peter G Moody||61|
|9||PRIORITY ROAD (NZ)||Michael Kent||64|
|10||ROAD TRIPPIN||Stephen Theodore||65|
|11||SHAMEXPRESS (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||72|