2013 Melbourne Spring Carnival Unlikely for Pierro as Stud Calls

Doncaster Mile favourite and Sydney’s number one colt Pierro appears unlikely to continue racing into the 2013 Melbourne Carnival, with connections saying it is a “strong possibility” he will go to stud.

Pierro is likely to go to stud next season. Photo: Steve Hart.

Owner Greg Kolivos appeared on Radio Sports National in Melbourne this morning, suggesting the star has nothing left to prove.

“We’ve had a lot of time to think about it over recent months and it’s fair to say that there is a very strong possibility that he will be going to stud next season,” Kolivos said.

In Saturday’s Doncaster at Randwick, Pierro will shoot for his 12th win from 14 starts and his sixth at Group 1 level.

Kolivos points to this record as a reason why retirement looks a likely option, proud of the racing career the son of Lonhro has produced.

“He is a horse that has been on the scene from the very first day of the two-year-old season and took all before him as a two-year-old and to come back for two preparations as a three-year-old,” he said.

“It’s not as if we’re sitting here thinking with Gai (Waterhouse) that we’ve got a number of mountains that we still have to climb.”

While a stud career seems to be just around the corner for Pierro, it is unlikely that the Doncaster will be his last race.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse has two mouth-watering options should he get through Saturday’s race unscathed.

On Saturday week he could potentially take on 3YO triple crown winner It’s A Dundeel in the Group 1 2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) or All Too Hard in the Group 1 2013 All Aged Stakes (1400m).

All Too Hard, a half-brother to Black Caviar, handed Pierro his first career defeat when storming over the top of him to win the Caulfield Guineas at the Spring Carnival.

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