Gai Waterhouse’s crack young colt Pierro is the firming favourite for their second autumn run in Saturday’s Canterbury Stakes 2013 at Rosehill Gardens but can the triple Group 1 winner beat this field including grand mare and stablemate More Joyous?
Lonhro colt Pierro was the top two-year-old last autumn winning the 2YO Triple Crown including the iconic Golden Slipper.
They didn’t suffer their first defeat in fact until the Caulfield Guineas in October when second to All Too Hard before their brave third next start in the Cox Plate – their first WFA test against open-age company.
After a well-earned rest Pierro returned at Rosehill on March 2 and narrowly defeated Rebel Dane on a mud track in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m).
They step up in class second-up this weekend with the $350,000 Group 1 Cellarbrations Canterbury Stakes (1300m) in their sights, Pierro dominating the Canterbury Stakes odds at $2.30 and firming.
Waterhouse will also saddle-up second pick in the Canterbury Stakes betting markets with dual defending winner More Joyous at $3.30 who was 11th in the Cox Plate at her most recent run.
But if she had to choose between the two the great trainer is probably leaning towards youth over maturity.
“Both are fit and well,” she told the Daily Telegraph.
“I don’t know who will win. Perhaps Pierro’s tenacity gets him home, and his lower weight?”
It is definitely an imposing field of rivals with another notable inclusions being Peter Moody’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Moment Of Change ($4.80) and connections are keeping their confidence in check.
“When you look at the field you probably could get a better edition of the Canterbury Stakes for the first time it is being held at the highest level,” part-owner Greg Kolivos said.
“We are just very excited to be able to have a horse that can run against More Joyous and Moment Of Change, which will be very hard to beat.”
Waterhouse is also warning punters not to write off the other contenders in this clash.
“It is a not a match race, there is a strong field,” she said.
“Moment Of Change, whom I expect to lead, ran second with a big weight earlier this month in the Newmarket, the toughest 1200m race in the world.
“What a pleasure it will be to witness this event.”
So can Pierro salute for the punters and add a fourth Group 1 title to their record? Or is there an upset Canterbury Stakes result on the cards?
#10 Pierro – Horse Form
- Barrier: 7
- Jockey: Jim Cassidy
- Trainer: Gai Waterhouse
- Owners: Mr G G Kolivos, Mrs D Kolivos
- Age: 3YO
- Gender: Colt
- Breeding: by Lonhro from Miss Right Note
- Career: 11-9-1-1
- Win: 81.82%
- Place: 100%
- Last 6: 1123×1
- Prize Money: $3,676,650
- Track: 5-5-0-0
- Distance: 0-0-0-0
- Current 2013 Canterbury Stakes Odds: $2.30
Why Pierro Can Win the 2013 Canterbury Stakes
- Is a triple Group 1 winner
- Boasts the fitness edge over the resuming More Joyous
- Also got the better of her in the Cox Plate when 3rd to her 11th
- Will have improvement in them off their Hobartville win in the wet
- Firmer track to suit
- Boasts the highest Win Rate by a mile with 81.82% so has the consistency
- Also a perfect 100% Place Percentage
- Undefeated at Rosehill with an impressive five-from-five record here
- Stats say they haven’t run over the distance (1300m) but they are two-from-two over 1400m and three-from-three over 1200m
Why Pierro Won’t be the Canterbury Stakes 2013 Winner
- Hasn’t won at elite level since their 2YO season against fellow juveniles
- This is a big step up in class from the Hobartville
- Faces some genuine WFA performers here
- Needs to defeat #7 More Joyous who has won the past two editions of this race
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