Crio’s Racing: Pierro

It is a testament to his great talent – as hyperbolized by Gai – that Pierro, a 3yo with “9 stone”, can be served up at 5/4 in a crack edition of the $2m Doncaster at Randwick on Saturday. Some old-timers would be skeptical but he has earned the impost and, of course, the higher minimum of modern Handicaps tends to compress the weights. But nevertheless, especially with the seemingly inevitable wet conditions at the old AJC, he faces a stern test. If, as has been mooted, this is to be his last race, it should not be missed by anyone who can get on-course or at the very least in front of a TV to watch the time honoured Group One Mile at 4.15pm.

Sadly, as an “entire”, Pierro’s fortune will be made at stud so his career, like that of most great 2yo colts, will finish too soon. How we yearn for a great gelding to come back year after year and repeatedly prove itself against the best. The toppy in the Doncaster, Shoot Out, is the type of stalwart that racegoers learn to love as he fronts for the iconic events and pockets a Group One annually. He might find it tough this week, but he is always up for the fight. Many of the likely exotic “fillers” have drawn wide but, ironically, the going might be better out there if, as forecast, the weather stays drab. The depth in the race is apparent by the quality of horse at cricket score odds – Danleigh, Fontelina, Liteinthenite for example. Pierro, however, deserves favouritism and must be top pick. Norzita, a wonderful filly with the JB polish, is the only other quoted in single digits and does not represent comparative value. I’d rather be on Appearance or Streama. The one that I will have in all of my speculators is Sacred Falls – ridiculous “overs” @ 50/1.

The Doncaster Mile (as it now seems badged) is the highlight of another great raceday in Sydney with a Quaddy challenge that looks too tough for me.

SR6- (JRA Plate, 2000m, Listed) Chris Waller has the top 3 in betting..Kellini (1), Hoylonny (4), Lunayir (8)!

As the saying goes, Watch Betting. Maybe Maule’s Creek (9) as the bolter.

SR7- (Oaks, 2400m, 3yo fillies, G1) Winner looks to be in the top 4. Racebook order for me.

SR8- (Doncaster, 1600m, G1) 2,11,18.

SR9- (Raffle, 1400m) 8 is fav. 15 drawn to go well. Include 20.

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There’s also a pretty good card at the Heath though footy has now totally stolen Saturday arvo attention of the sports media  down here – especially this week with the Tiges and Pies at the MCG. Nevertheless the acceptances remain strong and the racing should be competitive. Here are some early thoughts for anyone thinking of a MR Quaddy.

MR5- Elite Elle (1) will be very short and can be risked (though if it keeps raining she swims). 2 has drawn on the train line. Perhaps the 11 @ 25/1 E/W.

MR6- small, competitive race.  7 + 8.

MR7- 8 and 16 look terrific value at long prices. 7 is a good chance.

MR8- come home short and skinny. 1.

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Another big week in racing and perhaps a time to reflect on the vintage season we’ve enjoyed. Black Caviar and HayList are both finished. Pierro is soon to join them. All Too Hard will not be seen here much more if at all. These are big shoes to be filled. Others – though unlikely to be of the same calibre – will emerge. Let’s hope Atlantic Jewel can burst back in the Spring.

Meanwhile there are still winners to be backed. Any suggestions welcomed.

Good luck!


  1. Crio,

    50’s Sacred Falls!!!!! I thought he’d be about $15.

  2. It is that sort of field. The rest of the card has taken a step down from the past fortnight. Next week is Sydney Cup and then doodly-squat as the caravans roll to Brisbane (and down here we head to Warrnambool).

  3. Justafiably good push for Appearance. Personally prefer Solzhenitsyn (if only dead) and definitely Shoot Out.
    Have to risk Pierro with the weight even though I love the horse (Manikato all over again) and he still has only 4kg over the limit.

  4. A lot were screaming Ethiopia as a Star of the future last Spring, after that enormous Cox plate run.

    Is he a chance first up? I reckon he is.

  5. Not one of mine but handles the track and must meet fav multi kgs better from Cox Plate

  6. So Haylist has retired, Crio. I’m not suprised, but hadn’t heard the news . Damn fine horse, so unlucky to encounter a once in a lifetime wonder in Black Caviar.


  7. cowshedend says

    Pierro has conditions to suit and if rumours are true it has been sold, do not reckon they would risk him if he wasn’t a moral. Also raises the point how good Ocean Park?
    Sacred Falls and Veyron add value to the exotics, the first leg looks hard but like Habibi in the 2nd leg and Macknuckle in the last.
    If Tigerish gets a run at the Heath will give a good sight,great run at Sandown in leader bias race coming from tail,but rail out 7 might make it tough if he sits back.

  8. Ripsnorter says


    In case you are looking for one late in the day over here in Perth I think Red Hot Sax will be hard to beat in the mares. Mabel Grace is very good but needs to give her 8 kilo tomorrow and is very short in the market for carrying 62.

    In the Sires it is near impossible to see Ms Funovits getting done on her last dominant effort, I will be backing up on Oratism and Low Tide to add some value to the exotics there.

    In the derby Moresish goes after the Oaks / Derby double and may prove too good but is short. Rebelson is back to level weights and will be in the finish but I think the value is Another Holdup at 13.00 = there has always been wraps on this horse but has been dissapointing but last two runs have been good and could be the improver at the right time.

    I will also try and catch Centennial Park tomorrow – has always run in top company and going back to hopefully role the b graders in Melbourne again.

    Happy Punting.

  9. Thanks. I was hoping for your update. With my form we lean heavily on your get outs!

  10. Perth looking an attractive option. Think I’ll leave Randwick alone now with the track a deteriorating Heavy 9.

  11. What went on with Ms. Funovits. Scratched at the gates?

  12. Ben Melham too good in the Derby at juicy odds? Did his mount have any form?

  13. Turned a shocker at Randwick and Caulfield into a break even day with the quinella and a win spec in the WA Derby. I only took Mystic Prince because he was twice the odds of a few others, with similar form etc.

  14. Peter Flynn says

    Ms Funovits is Uncle Fred.

  15. Elvis

    did you take the 50’s!!!

  16. $42 here!!… should’ve taken a Quaddy as they say!
    Pierro still magnificent. 3 yr old, 9 stone, Heavy 10. Gai doesn’t hide them.
    Next week More Joyous v All Too Hard.

  17. Glen,
    Good news!
    After the TJ failure, John McNair seemed resigned to retiring HayList.
    Now he’s as buoyant as ever – All Aged then adelaide or Brissie and then Spring glory!

  18. Ripsnorter says


    I was happy for you with Sacred Falls win, Pierro was stiff and is a real champ.

    My thing in the WATC Derby went amiss and Miss Funovits dying meant a tough day over here – Mabel Grace carried the 62 to win and Centennial Park all at sea at Caulfield, at least the Pies won !

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