Pierro wins Golden Slipper
Pierro wins Golden Slipper

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GOLDEN SLIPPER (Group 1)

Rosehill Gardens, Turf, 1200m

7 April 2012

Gai Waterhouse gave early warning that Pierro (Aus) (Lonhro) would prove a force to reckon with in the world’s richest race for 2-year-olds after he won the Listed Breeders’ Plate on debut in October, and the legendary conditioner once again proved right on the money as the unbeaten colt captured the Golden Slipper Stakes (Group 1) Saturday at Rosehill Gardens, Sydney.

Sitting in the pocket behind Snitzerland (Aus) (Snitzel), the bay came through gamely on the rail to collar the front-running filly and score by a half-length. Favored female phenom Samaready (Aus) (More Than Ready) put in a late bid, but did not seriously threaten for the top slot and had to settle for third.

Gai Waterhouse said six months ago this horse was going to win the Golden Slipper,” winning jockey Nash Rawiller said. “At the time I shook my head and walked away. She’s a genius.” “Today I ended up getting a perfect run,” he continued. “I knew if he got a trouble-free run he would be hard to beat.”

“He’s a dominant colt. A very special colt,” said Waterhouse. “It was a fantastic finish. The filly shot to the front and it took his tenacity to run her down. He’s such a gutsy horse. It was really exciting.”

Pierro’s win gave Waterhouse her fourth win in the $3.5 million headline act of Sydney Carnival and winning jockey Nash Rawiller his first.

GOLDEN SLIPPER (G1)

Final Result

#

Margin (l)

Horse

Weight (lb)

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0

PIERRO

56.5

1

Nash Rawiller

Gai Waterhouse

2

0.4

SNITZERLAND

54.5

7

Corey Brown

Gerald Ryan

3

1.9

SAMAREADY

54.5

11

Craig Newitt

Mick Price

4

3.3

DOUBTFILLY

54.5

6

Damien Oliver

Stuart Kendrick

5

3.4

RACEWAY

56.5

9

Hugh Bowman

Gai Waterhouse

6

3.6

DRIEFONTEIN

54.4

8

Tommy Berry

Gai Waterhouse

7

4

SHELFORD

56.5

15

Brett Prebble

John O’Shea

8

4.1

CAVALRY ROSE

54.5

5

Christian Reith

Gerald Ryan

9

4.3

AMORINO

56.5

2

Steven Arnold

Gerald Ryan

10

4.4

NO LOOKING BACK

54.5

3

Craig Williams

Gai Waterhouse

11

4.5

FAUSTUS

56.5

13

Jim Cassidy

John O’Shea

12

4.6

ASHOKAN

56.5

14

James McDonald

John O’Shea

13

5.1

NARCISSUS

56.5

12

Peter Robl

Peter Snowden

14

5.2

LATE GATOR (NZ)

54.5

13

Luke Nolen

Gai Waterhouse

15

5.6

JADE MARAUDER

54.5

16

Glyn Schofield

Chris Waller

16

5.7

EPAULETTE

56.5

4

Kerrin McEvoy

Peter Snowden

Extracts from Thoroughbred Daily News and Racenet

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