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CAULFIELD GUINEAS (Gr.1)
Caulfield Racecourse, Turf, 1600m
13 October 2012
Since she’s back in training for another season, you can hardly say the Aussies have yet to get over Black Caviar. While we’re not sure why they think she still has to prove something after 23 victories from 23 starts, given the pain she’s been through, we can’t see the reasoning behind keeping the great mare in training. In the end, she has little to gain and plenty to lose, including her unbeaten record. As an earner of more than R80million, is that not enough?
For all that, the Aussies have another star on their hands, an unbeaten colt called Pierro (a son of their former Horse of the Year, Lonhro), who’s unbeaten in nine starts. The dominance of this fellow for Saturday’s upcoming Caulfield Guineas (Gr.1) is so great, that even his closest rivals are struggling to put a positive spin on the race. Pierro lines up with a fourth Group One on his agenda, in a race in which he has scared off most of the original entry of 34 three-year-olds, and is quoted at 1-3 on. The only serious opposition appears to come from the recent Golden Rose (Gr.1) ace, the Darley-owned Epaulette, but even his rider, Kerrin McEvoy, is no more than hopeful. “One of the positives we can take into it is that we’ve got closer than anyone has to Pierro,” offered his jockey. That was in the Todman Stakes (Gr.2) at Rosehill in March, when Pierro, having his third start, edged out his rival by a short head. If Epaulette has any advantage at all over the favourite, it is that he has experienced Caulfield, where he won the Guineas Prelude (Gr.3) at his last start on the 30th September.
We’ll soon know how good Pierro is, as he takes on older horses for the second time in the Cox Plate later this month. The Cox is Australia’s most testing weight-for-age event at 2000m, and if he gets through his Caulfield trial well enough, he’s going to be impossible to back.