There is no Black Caviar this spring but that doesn’t mean there aren’t near certainties with star colt Pierro getting about at odds usually reserved for the star mare in tomorrow’s 2012 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m).
Pierro is currently being offered at $1.14 by bookmaker.com.au for what will be his first start in Melbourne and his final lead-up run prior to the Caulfield Guineas.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained horse will be chasing an eighth straight win in the Bill Stutt Stakes and will attempt to do so from barrier one.
He has already showed he can bring the stunning two-year-old form that saw him win the triple crown into his three-year-old career when dominating the Run To The Rose first-up.
The son of Lonhro arrived safely in Melbourne earlier this week and will not have a preview look at the Moonee Valley track.
Sharing the second line of betting way back at $10.00 are Blue Diamond fourth placegetter Jimando and lightly-raced colt Philippi.
Jimando is on trial for a start in either the Caulfield Guineas or Victoria Derby depending on how well he can compete with the race favourite.
“If he’s competitive against Pierro, we’ll go to the Caulfield Guineas,” trainer Tony McEvoy said.
“If not, it’ll be the Derby.”
Jimando has opened his spring campaign in impressive fashion, beating a small field in Adelaide before going to Flemington to take out the Listed Henry Bucks Stakes (1400m).
Philippi is unbeaten from two starts and is nominated for the Caulfield Guineas as well as the Spring Champion Stakes and the Victoria Derby.
Other horses running in the Stutt Stakes include the Victoria Derby-bound Road Trippin ($41.00) and stakes winner Underestimation ($41.00).
To see the full Moonee Valley markets and back a Friday night winner, head to bookmaker.com.au!
At the Australian-owned bookie you can take advantage of a $400 bonus bet offer which can be split four ways allowing you a $100 free bet on four different spring features.