Pierro Receives Favourable 2013 Doncaster Mile Barrier Draw

Raging 2013 Doncaster Mile favourite Pierro has received an early favour ahead of Saturday’s $2 million race, drawing an ideal barrier four position.

Pierro has drawn barrier four for the Doncaster. Photo: Steve Hart.

The glamour colt was being offered at $2.20 before markets closed prior to the barrier draw and is now well and truly in the box seat.

Pierro will chase a fourth straight win this weekend but still has to overcome a piece of history.

With an allocation of 57kg, the son of Lonhro will have to break a three-year-old metric weight-carrying record, set by Tontonan who lugged 56kg to victory in 1974.

Owner Greg Kolivos admits it is a challenge to step up with a big weight in a handicap but was pleased with the barrier four draw.

“You take all the favours you can get, very happy with it [barrier four],” Kolivos said.

“There’s a race here, it’s a great race and why not let him have a crack?”

Last year’s runner-up Shoot Out, who will carry the topweight of 58kg, will come from barrier 10, the same barrier stablemate Rangirangdoo won from in 2010.

The six-year-old Chris Waller-trained gelding has been in strong lead-up form, winning the Chipping Norton Stakes and finishing third to Pierro in the George Ryder Stakes.

Waller said the topweight provides a challenge but take confidence from his stable star’s form at both the track and distance.

Shoot Out is a four-time winner at the distance and two of those wins have come at Randwick.

“The Randwick form plus his mile form is close to the best in the race,” Waller said.

“Like Pierro he’s got the weight barrier to overcome but that should ensure a great race.”

Shoot Out is part of a Waller-trained quartet in the Doncaster, joined by nine-year-old veteran Danleigh (15), consistent mare Red Tracer (21) and Sacred Falls (6).

Bart Cummings-trained filly Norzita is among the top betting chances but will have to overcome an early hurdle after drawing barrier 17.

Heading into the race in terrific form is Appearance who has drawn barrier 13 for her attempt claim a third consecutive Group 1 win.

The Darley-owned mare is coming off wins in both the Coolmore Classic and the Queen Of The Turf Stakes.

Other barriers of note include Queensland gelding Solzhenitsyn (2), Emirates Stakes winner Happy Trails (14) and Newmarket Handicap third Aeronautical (1).

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Doncaster Mile 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 132x175x13 SHOOT OUT Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 10 58kg 115
2 1x1123x111 PIERRO Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 4 57kg 114
3 47x4902x25 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney Steven Arnold 9 57kg 113
4 21×3251228 VEYRON (NZ) Linda Laing Rogan Norvall 3 56.5kg 112
5 0x316x5337 DANLEIGH Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 15 56kg 111
6 x121501x99 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Glyn Schofield 14 56kg 111
7 3321x7640x ETHIOPIA Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 8 55.5kg 110
8 2235033×54 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg Blake Shinn 19 54.5kg 112
9 1x13136x30 SOLZHENITSYN (NZ) Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 2 54.5kg 108
10 314x4315x0 LAMASERY David Vandyke Kathy O’Hard 11 54kg 107
11 1x371x2411 APPEARANCE Guy Walter Kerrin McEvoy 13 53.5kg 105
12 4x130x2122 RED TRACER Chris Waller Corey Brown 21 53.5kg 110
13 x3618x2273 STREAMA Guy Walter Glen Boss 18 53.5kg 110
14 15221×1231 NORZITA (NZ) Bart Cummings Craig Williams 17 53kg 105
15 896×295023 MONTON Ron Quinton Christian Reith 20 53kg 101
16 8736211642 ALMA’S FURY Paul Murray Brenton Avdulla 12 53kg 101
17 106x10x775 FONTELINA Anthony Cummings Peter Robl 16 53kg 98
18 1x1111x552 SACRED FALLS (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 6 53kg 96
19 13x24166x4 LIGHTINTHENITE John O’Shea Craig Newitt 7 53kg 99
20 x2417x3366 AERONAUTICAL Lionel Cohen Nathan Berry 1 53kg 87
21e 4x8939x705 STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings 5 53kg 94