Pierata cruises to trial win at The Farm

Greg Hickman’s Pierata cruised through a Group and Listed trial over 1000m on the Course Proper at Warwick Farm on Friday to fully justify his third ranking in TAB’s All In market for The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 19th.

Pierate is at $8.00 with Alizee in the market, behind Osborne Bulls at $7.00 and Santa Ana Lane the favourite at $5.00.

On Friday Tommy Berry held Pierata in third as the field went down the George’s River side of the course with Fasike and Brenton Avdulla leading. From the 400m Berry allowed the five-year-old Pierro entire more leeway and they went through on the inside with ease to gallop away with Berry motionless on top.

The winning margin was 1 3/4L to the So You Think mare Fasika, who is unbeaten in her three starts, with her Joe Pride stablemate, six-year-old Foxwedge mare Foxy Housewife, third with the margin a further 1 3/4L.

The time was 59.97 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 34.57.

Pierata will start in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Rosehill on September 7th in what may well be a Everest warm up for a number of potential runners in the invitation race.

In the following Open heat over 1200m the Chris Waller trained Finche (GB) ran a good fifth with Kathy O’Hara restraining the Frankel six-year-old gelding until the final strides when they made ground to finish 2 1/4L from the winner, Mark Newnham’s Scarlet Dream under James McDonald.

Finche has not raced since he finished fourth in the 2018 Group 1 Melbourne Cup over 3200m at Flemington last November.

Stablemate Count Octave (GB) had a quiet trial at the rear of the field under Hugh Bowman. Another by Frankel, Count Octave, missed the Melbourne Cup last year through injury. This time last year he was second to the current leading stayer in the UK, Stradivarius (IRE), in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup over 3319m at York.