Star Gai Waterhouse-trained three-year-old Pierro has been officially retired following his gutsy second placing in yesterday’s $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).
Described by Waterhouse as ‘the best horse she has ever trained’, the son of Lonhro will now head to stud with owner Greg Kolivos yet to decide where Pierro will stand for the upcoming breeding season.
Kolivos told Racing Network this morning that he felt that Pierro had nothing left to prove.
“His run in the Doncaster was fantastic, he lost no admirers, he had to carry 57kg on a really heavy track and wasn’t disgraced,” Kolivos said.
“We thought about the Queen Elizabeth (2000m) but he had a tough run yesterday and it is only seven days away.
“He has nothing left to prove and we feel the timing is right to retire him.
“He has won five Group 1s, he could have come back and won more next season and even more after that but there comes a time when you say a horse has done enough.”
Runner up behind All Too Hard in the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) as well as finishing third in the Cox Plate (2040m), it was in Sydney where Pierro showed his true greatness winning ten of his eleven starts including five times at Group 1 level.
Champion two-year-old of the 2011/12 season, courtesy of an unbeaten run that included completing Sydney’s famous Triple Crown, Pierro also added Group 1 victories as a three-year-old in the Canterbury Stakes (1300m) and George Ryder (1500m).
Leading jockey Nash Rawiller partnered Pierro in twelve of the colt’s fourteen starts, for ten wins including the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m).
Pierro will retire with 11 career victories from 14 starts and over $4.5 million in prize money.