Superstar Pierro confirmed he is ready to take over the mantle of Australia’s top horse from Black Caviar after a brilliant win in the $350,000 Group 1 Cellarbrations Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Pierro kicks clear, picture Sportpix.com.au
The day after Black Caviar notched win number 24, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Pierro took on a strong field at Rosehill and comfortably notched win number 10.
Ridden by Jim Cassidy in driving rain, Pierro settled just off the speed set by Rain Affair (Brown) with stablemate and champion mare More Joyous (NZ) sitting behind Pierro (Rawiller).
Approaching the turn Pierro tracked up behind Rain Affair then moved to that horse’s outside on straightening to make the run for home. Meanwhile, Rawiller took advantage of the trail and got to Pierro’s outside with 350m to go.
With 200m to go Pierro moved up to Rain Affair who was fighting on well but More Joyous couldn’t match her stablemate, though she didn’t let him get too far away, as he went to the line to score a comfortable win.
On the line the margin was three quarters of a length to More Joyous with a length and a half to Solzhenitsyn (NZ) in third. The overall time was 1.15.99 with the last 600m run in 34.87. The win was Cassidy’s 97th Group 1 winner and second ‘major’ of the day after winning the Ranvet on Foreteller.
“Do you see that rainbow? The pot of gold is right in the winners stall at Rosehill and Pierro got the pot of gold,” Waterhouse said.
“What an outstanding, outstanding colt. The rain was pouring down and it got a little bit greasy, Jim positioned him perfectly and he dug so deep after taking off two and a half (furlongs) from home.
“It was such a courageous effort, but nothing can be taken away from the mare because she tenaciously went to the post, but he was just too brilliant on the day.
“(We have) a smorgasbord of gorgeous horses, aren’t we lucky?”
Winners are grinner, picture Sportpix.com.au
“I turned 50 in January and I have been lucky enough through a great career to ride some great fillies, some great two-year-olds, some great three-year-olds, some great stayers, weight-for-age horses but putting your leg over this bloke, he is phenomenal; he is a freak,” Cassidy said.
“I would put this bloke above (Might And Power) at this stage, to do what he has done as a two-year-old, to do what he has done as a three-year-old. I don’t use the word freely but he is every bit a champion.
“Only champions can do what he did, coming back and take on the older horses, the sky is the limit. Bring on All Too Hard, bring on whoever you like, he will deal with them, don’t you worry.
“I am not going to stick my neck out (for Black Caviar) but I tell you what, I have been luck to ride some good ones and I was very privileged and very honoured to ride this colt today.”
Pierro is by Lonhro out of the Daylami (IRE) mare Miss Right Note (IRE) and is owned by G Kolivos & Mrs D Kolivos.
Photofinish, by ATC