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4/8/2019 Caulfield Guineas Contender for Pierro

Four days into the new Australian racing season and exciting sire Pierro has hit the ground running reeling off seven winners including a metropolitan double at Sandown on Sunday that featured undefeated three year-old Peidra (3g Pierro x Valoura, by Exceed and Excel), who will be aimed towards the Caulfield Guineas.

Prepared at Lindsay Park by the Hayes Dabernig training partnership, Peidra was an impressive winner on debut last month at Sale and confirmed his potential with an easy win in tougher grade.

Stepping up to a Benchmark 70 event for three year-olds over 1200 metres, Peidra was held up for a run momentarily in the straight, but showed a good turn of foot for Luke Nolen and strode clear to win by two lengths.

“He did a really good job,” said co-trainer Ben Hayes.

“He was boxed in for a while, but once he was clear it was a really classy effort.

“We’ll be looking at better races now for him and a traditional Guineas path as being by Pierro, the 1600 metres should be ideal.”

A $250,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Aquis Farm draft for Lindsay Park Racing, Peidra is the third winner from stakes-placed Exceed and Excel mare Valoura, a half-sister to Group II winner Noire from the family of Group II winners Media and Timbourina.

Valoura had another Pierro colt that made $200,000 at Inglis Easter this year and she is back in foal to the Golden Slipper winning sire again.

Pierro had a great season in 2018/2019 with over 100 winners that collected in excess of $9million headed by eight stakes-winners including Group I winners Pierata and Arcadia Queen, both horses being targeted towards The Everest.

Pierro stands at a fee of $88,000 at Coolmore this spring.