Sydney star eight from eight after slashing Stutt Stakes success
Pierro made the perfect start to what could be a history-making Spring Racing Carnival when he won the City Jeep Bill Stutt Stakes.
The champion Sydney colt made a one-act affair of the $220,000 Group 2, streaking to the easiest of wins in the 1600-metre event.
The victory stretched his unbeaten record to eight and his enthusiastic trainer Gai Waterhouse said the big crowd that braved the wintry conditions for his Melbourne debut had been treated to a special performance.
“It’s fantastic, he’s such an exciting colt…it was just a galloping lesson,” she said.
“It was lovely the way he lowered himself and found the line and his acceleration at the end of the race, that was the best thing.
“He’s really exciting and you were very privileged to see a colt as good as this.”
The son of Lonhro will next be seen in the $1 million Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas before, all going well, returning to Moonee Valley for the $3 million Sportingbet Cox Plate on 27 October.
Should he win those two events – he is favourite for both – he will become the first three-year-old since Red Anchor, who was trained by Waterhouse’s father Tommy Smith, in 1984 to complete the Stutt-Guineas-Cox Plate treble.
After jumping well, Pierro and jockey Nash Rawiller were in front for over a furlong before handing up to Carringbush Jack.
He asserted his superiority at the 500m, taking charge of the race before powering away in the straight to score by 4-3/4 lengths from Carringbush Jack with $13 second elect Jimando 2-1/2 lengths away third.
Rawiller said Pierro handled the track with aplomb and ominously declared that he would derive great benefit ahead of the Guineas, which will be run on 13 October.
“He’s such an adaptable horse, he took the first turn like he’d been around it 100 times and that’s just what makes him as good as he is, he just adapts to situations,” Rawiller said.
“He’s going on to better things so he needed this tonight. I wanted to be as soft as possible but still make him get the job done and get a bit of improvement out of it.”