Pierro’s comfortable win in the 2012 Bill Stutt Stakes on Friday night has seen the unbeaten colt shorten even more ahead of Saturday week’s Group 1 2012 Caulfield Guineas.
After destroying his rivals by five lengths and showing no problems with the Melbourne direction, Pierro is now being offered at $1.40 at bookmaker.com.au.
His record now stands at eight unbeaten starts and you have to go back to the Golden Slipper to find a race where a horse has come within a length of the son of Lonhro.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse has always oozed confidence about the talented colt and was full of typical praise following Friday night’s win.
“He’s just such an exciting colt. It was just a galloping lesson,” Waterhouse said.
“The way he lowered himself and found the line and his acceleration at the end of the race. That was the best thing.”
The strongest rival to Pierro in betting is Epaulette who is the only contender to fall under double figures ($8.00).
The Darley-owned colt won the Golden Rose last month before backing up the performance to take out the Caulfield Guineas Prelude on Sunday.
Epaulette jockey Kerrin McEvoy admitted Pierro is going to be tough to beat but believes his mount has an ability to step up on race day.
“With a horse like him he can raise the bar and with a big bar in front of him like Pierro you never know what can happen,” McEvoy said.
Next best in the betting is Pierro’s stablemate Proisir ($11.00) who is unlikely to go to the Guineas who is followed by Guines Prelude third placegetter Awesome Bro and much-hyped colt All Too Hard ($17.00).
Another unlikely Guineas starter is another Waterhouse-trained runner Kabayan ($18.00) while Guineas Prelude runner-up Let Go Lenni has firmed to $21.00.
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