2012 Cox Plate favourite Pierro will make his Melbourne debut in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) that will be run at Moonee Valley Racecourse tomorrow night.
The Stutt Stakes was specifically chosen, by trainer Gai Waterhouse, to be Pierro’s Melbourne kickoff point as she hopes her undefeated colt will follow the same path to Cox Plate victory as her father’s champion Red Anchor did in 1984.
“I got the lady that assists me with the programming to pull out all the three-year-olds that have won the Cox Plate over the past 30 or 40 years and I looked through each of them trying to find what would suit this colt,” Waterhouse said.
“I saw that program of Red Anchor and I thought, ‘he’s a similar sort of horse’. They’re different colours, but similar types, and I thought, this will suit you right down to the ground
“This race is a nice introduction into Melbourne for him. If he ends up going to the Cox Plate, he will have been to Moonee Valley and he’ll be going back to a track hopefully he has already won on.”
Pierro has a big fan in former champion jockey Mick Dittman who believes the son of Lonhro can remain undefeated throughout the Spring Racing Carnival.
“Pierro is a very impressive three-year-old, one of the best I’ve seen,” Dittman said.
Dittman is adamant Waterhouse has selected the perfect program for the colt he believes could be even better than Red Tracer.
“This is a good race program as it keeps the nip in their legs,” Dittman said.
“What I like about Pierro is that he has the pace to settle anywhere he wants and then he has this big heart to finish it off.
“He seems very versatile and has got a great will-to-win like Red Anchor. They have to be able to have the mindset if the speed slackens, they can slacken with it.”
Pierro is at the unbackable odds of $1.14 at bookmaker.com.au to win the Bill Stutt Stakes and is the favourite for the 2012 Cox Plate at $4.
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