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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.
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Extracts from Thoroughbred Daily News and Racenet