Champion trainer Gai Waterhouse declared “the Slipper fits” after her unbeaten colt Pierro scored a brilliant win in today’s Group Two Todman Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill.
Sent out the hot favourite after two stakes wins from as many outings, Pierro had to pull out plenty after being headed for a few strides by the Black Opal Stakes winner Epaulette.
Waterhouse has won three Slippers and Pierro looks an undeniable change of being her fourth in a fortnight’s time.
The colt has done nothing wrong – winning the listed Breeders Plate in October before resuming with an impressive win in the Silver Slipper Stakes.
“He is a very tough horse,” Waterhouse said of Pierro. “He is really everything you look for in a two-year-old.”
“He can coast, he can take a sit as he did today, and he can pick up the bit and today he said blast you, get out of my way!”
“He is there, there is not much more, what you see is what you get.”
Winning rider Nash Rawiller was impressed with how the colt picked up when headed near the post.
“He is a ripper, isn’t he?!”
“Kerrin was getting to me pretty quick and put a good long neck on him and caught my bloke a little but by surprise,” Rawiller added.
“I knew he was coming but I don’t think he (Pierro) quite knew.”
“It wasn’t until he caught sight of the blinkers that he got himself ready for dog fight.”
“He just wants to win. It was a terrific effort and I couldn’t be happier going into the Slipper – he’s right on track.”
A son of reigning Austraian champion sire Lonhro, Pierro was bred and sold by Darley for $115,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.
David Kobritz and the team from Musk Creek in Victoria purchased the likely prospect and then re-sold him for $230,000 at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Waterhouse snapped up the handsome colt and as they say, the rest is history.