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Gai Waterhouse’s top colt Pierro has returned to work ahead of the 2013 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival where he could be aimed at the Group 1 2013 Doncaster Mile (1600m).
While no program has been set in stone yet, owner Greg Kolivos told the Daily Telegraph earlier this week that the Doncaster is a definite possibility.
“The Doncaster is an obvious race to look at as good three-year-olds have a good record in the race,” he said.
Kolivos said it is likely the son of Lonhro will be kept to races under 2000m during the autumn.
“When we purchased Pierro as a yearling, we thought on his breeding he would develop into a lovely three-year-old miler,” Kolivos said.
If Pierro does line up in the Doncaster Mile he will attempt to become just the second Golden Slipper to win the Doncaster as a three-year-old.
The only time the feat was achieved was in 1975 by the Bart Cummings-trained Tontonan.
Pierro, a $230,000 yearling, was unbeaten as a two-year-old from six starts that included in the triple crown of the Group 1 Golden Slipper, Sires’ Produce Stakes and the Champagne Stakes.
He was one of the most hyped horses ahead of the spring and he got his campaign off to a flyer with dominant wins in the Group 3 Run To The Rose and the Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes.
The boom colt started as an odds-on favourite in the Caulfield Guineas but suffered a shock defeat when overtaken in the final furlong by Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard.
Pierro was heavily backed again in the Cox Plate and while he performed admirably he was unable to challenge either Ocean Park or All Too Hard and finished in third place.
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