At the Gold Coast in Queensland, Coolmore's 2YO Triple Crown-winning Champion stallion Pierro (Lonhro-Miss Right Note, by Daylami) added a restricted stakes race success when rising star colt Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) showed why he is considered one of the most exciting 3YOs in the country when sprinting clear for a brilliant win in the $2 million Listed (R) Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating Goodfella & Calculated. Pierata, who improved his record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Magic Millions Vo Rogue Plate) and 2 placings from 8 starts for $1,481,650 in earnings, was a $160,000 purchase at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Kitchwin Hills. He also collected a $500,000 bonus for claiming the Summer Crown grand slam which, along with the $1.2 million winner's cheque, provided his connections with the richest payday ($1.7 million) in Queensland racing history. Trainer Greg Hickman said Pierata had the potential to develop into a serious racehorse. "When he grows up you'll see a real racehorse," Hickman told Racing Queensland Webnews. "He's not there yet and that's the scary thing." He added: "I'd love to run him in a race like the Doncaster [Gr1] but he'll go to the paddock now and we'll just look after him before we work out a plan."
Meanwhile, Magic Millions Guineas favourite Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) will have to pass an inspection today before being allowed to run in tomorrow's $2 million 3YO feature at the Gold Coast, reports racenet. The inspection was ordered after Gold Coast chief steward Allan Reardon said he was not happy with the 3YOs action. "There are no huge concerns at this stage but the vets indicated they weren't 100 percent satisfied, so they will have a look at Pierata again tomorrow," Reardon said. Trainer Greg Hickman said the colt was fine and wondered why another vet examination was needed. "Ask Mr Reardon," he said. Pierata, a last-start runaway winner of the Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) at Doomben, is currently the dominant $2.25 TAB favourite for the Guineas.
Highly rated colt Pierata has maintained his grip on favouritism for Saturday's Listed (R) Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast after drawing barrier one for the $2 million feature. The Greg Hickman-trained son of Pierro is currently the dominant $2.60 TAB favourite for the juvenile feature, ahead of the Kris Lees-trained Sasso Corbaro ($6) who drew wide in barrier 14. The Bjorn Baker-trained Goodfella and the Team Hawkes-trained Wildheart saw their price firm into $9.50 after drawing well in barriers 6 and 3 respectively. Click here to view the Magic Millions Guineas field and barriers.
Eighteen three-year-olds have accepted to run in Saturday's $2 million Listed (R) Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast. With a field limit of 16 runners there are two emergencies. Highly rated Pierro colt Pierata is the dominant $2.50 TAB favourite for the race, with Sasso Corbaro ($5) and Calculated ($9) the only other runners under double figure odds. Click here to view the Magic Millions Guineas field.
At Doomben in Brisbane, Coolmore's Triple Crown-winning Champion 2YO and now rising sire-star Pierro (Lonhro-Miss Right Note, by Daylami) added a black-type success when rising 3YO star colt Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) swamped his rivals when winning by 2.5-lengths for trainer Greg Hickman in the $200,000 Gr3 Magic Millions Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) for 3YOs. Filling the placings were filly Dinnigan (Snitzel-Fashion Rocks, by Dehere) & fellow colt Goodfella (Snitzel-Movie, by Red Ransom). Pierata, who now looks a huge chance in the $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas, had put the writing on the wall in his previous run when runner-up in the Listed Gold Edition. If he proves successful next week, his connections would not only pocket the $1.2 million first prize, but also a $500,000 bonus for winning the Summer Crown. Pierata, who now has 3 wins & 2 placings from 7 starts for $276,650 earnings, was a $160,000 yearling at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale where he was consigned by Kitchwin Hills.
At Doomben in Brisbane, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a black-type success when talented 3YO Australian-bred gelding Whypeeo (I Am Invincible-Sunset Boulevard, by Fasliyev) held on for a narrow maiden stakes victory in the $100,000 Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Pierata & Shogun Sun. A $200,000 purchase by Blue Sky Bloodstock at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Whypeeo improved his record to 4 wins and 1 placing from 6 starts for $166,960 in earnings. Stable foreman Trent Edmonds said Whypeeo would have his next start in the Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) at Doomben in two weeks. A decision will then be made whether he targets the final leg of the Sumer Crown series, the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast on 13 January. "His next run will be in the Vo Rogue and that run will tell us whether he can run 1400 metres," Edmonds told Racing Queensland. "If he doesn't go on to the Magic Million Guineas, he'll go for the Magic Millions Sprint." A $400,000 bonus is on offer for any horse that can win three of the five races in the Summer Crown series.
Warwick Farm trainer Greg Hickman says the best is yet to come from Pierata after the exciting colt resumed with a dominant win in the Winning Rupert Plate (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday. Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) will now chase the Summer Crown series including the Listed Gold Edition Stakes on 16 December and the Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate at Doomben on 30 December, before the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast on 13 January. He will collect a $500,000 bonus if he can win three races in the five-race series. "He's not there yet but I think he's a very smart horse," Hickman said. "He trialled very well before coming up here and we were very confident." A $160,000 purchase by Hickman at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Kitchwin Hills, Pierata record now reads 2 wins from 5 starts for $128,650 in earnings.
Meanwhile, another 3YO eyeing the rich Summer Crown bonus over the Queensland summer carnival is the highly regarded Pierata who resumes in tomorrow's Winning Rupert Plate (1200m) at Doomben, reports racenet. Trained by Greg Hickman, Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) has only won one of his four starts to date, but showed his class when finishing third behind champion Kiwi 2YO Melody Belle in the Gr3 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes and seventh (beaten just 2.1 lengths) to Capital Gain in the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes in the winter. Hickman revealed that Pierata's owners had knocked back a $1 million offer for the colt following his impressive 5.5 length barrier trial win at Randwick on 16 November. "We have already knocked back a million dollars for him but he could be running for more than that in Queensland this summer," Hickman said. "He is a horse who has improved lengths on his first preparation." Hickman added: "He was a little immature earlier so I just took him along quietly but now he will keep improving and improving…He is ready to do it this preparation." Hickman said Pierata was on track for his return after a pleasing piece of work on the Gold Coast on Tuesday. Click here to watch Pierata's recent trial win.
At Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane on Saturday, Darley's deceased Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) added a Group success when 2YO filly Melody Belle (Commands-Meleka Belle, by Iffraaj) stamped herself as a serious racehorse with an emphatic win in the $250,000 Gr2 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) for 2YOs, defeating Taking Aim & Pierata. Purchased for $57,500 by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna Bloodstock at the 2016 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Haunui Farm, Melody Belle improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes & Listed Karaka Million) and 1 placing (including the Gr2 WRC Wakefield Challenge Stakes) from 6 starts for NZ$826,220 earnings. Melody Belle, who became the first Kiwi horse to win the Sires' since Mr Shannon in 1986, is now the firm $2.80 favourite for the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm on 10 June. "It was a super ride from Opie [jockey Opie Bosson] to put her in such a great spot," co-trainer Jamie Richards told Racing Queensland Webnews. "She didn't travel over too well [from New Zealand] but she should improve further for the JJ Atkins." Richards added: "She's out of a tough New Zealand family and 1600 metres should be spot on for her.