Pierro confirmed his ranking as Australia’s Champion 2YO juvenile with a brilliant victory in the G1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
Surprisingly, the last-start G1 Golden Slipper winner was sent out a $3.20 second favourite behind Patinack’s potential star All To Hard who started a short-priced $1.65 public elect.
Pierro made a mockery of the market when he smashed Luskin Star’s long standing race record clocking 1.21.47s for 1400 metres. “He could be just about the best horse I’ve ever ridden,” jockey Nash Rawiller said. “It was amazing the way he came away from them. He’s one serious horse.”
A Darley bred colt, Pierro was originally purchased as a foal by Victorian based breeder David Kobritz for $115,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions National weanling sale. He re-offered the colt at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale when Gai Waterhouse bought him on behalf of Greg and Donna Kolivos for $230,000.
Pierro (2c Lonhro – Miss Right Note by Daylami) will stay in training for the G1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick later this month. Waterhouse trained top-class colt Dance Hero to complete the Triple Crown in 2004.
Pierro is the second runner and first winner for the Daylami mare Miss Right Note. A winner at Chantilly in France, Miss Right Note was imported to Australia and she won in Sydney prior to being retired to stud.
Miss Right Note is a half sister to former Champion Italian based galloper Laverock who, like Lonhro, is a son of Octagonal.
Pierro’s third dam was a stakes winner at Newbury and his black type filled family includes international stakes winners Flying Cloud, Captain Webb, Lady Meydan and Knight’s Tour.