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Pinot A Fine Vintage For Pierro

Former champion colt Pierro became a Group One sire at Flemington on Thursday when his first crop filly Pinot won the VRC Kennedy Oaks.

Pinot A Fine Vintage For Pierro

Former champion colt Pierro became a Group One sire at Flemington on Thursday when his first crop filly Pinot won the VRC Kennedy Oaks.

Trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott celebrated their first VRC Oaks when Pinot (Pierro x Dizelle by Zabeel) won the classic to cap her outstanding rise through the spring.

She landed in Melbourne as a maiden and her record now stands at three wins and two seconds from six starts with prizemoney of $733,275.


Pinot wins the Oaks
Pinot wins the Oaks Picture:Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Pinot Horseform was purchased as a yearling for $200,000 by Eclipse Thoroughbreds at the 2016 Australian Easter Yearling Sale. She was the first ever yearling purchased by Eclipse’s US-based founder Aron Wellman.

She was offered by Coolmore Stud on behalf of her WA-based breeder Keith Biggs, who originally intended to retain a 25 percent share in the filly but withdrew.

His share was subsequently filled by leading bloodstock authority James Bester. Bester attempted to buy Pinot for a client from Wellman soon after the yearling sale but when the offer was rejected was able to take a 20 percent share in the filly.

Bester had previously advised Keith Biggs on his breeding of Pinot, her dam Dizelle and grand dam Danelagh. He recommended that Biggs breed his G1 winner Palatious to Danehill, the resulting foal being Dizelle’s dam Danelagh who won the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes for the WA breeder

Other partners with Eclipse Thoroughbreds in Pinot include Newgate Farm and Gai Waterhouse’s daughter Kate Waterhouse.

Gai Waterhouse, Adrian Bott and Stephen Baster
Gai Waterhouse, Adrian Bott and Stephen Baster Picture:Racing and Sports

Biggs can take consolation from the fact that he has retained two subsequent foals produced by Dizelle, both by Fastnet Rock.

A half-sister to Pinot by Fastnet Rock will be offered at the Easter sale next year.

Pierro is fast becoming one of Australia’s leading young sires, the triple G1-winning son of Lonhro having been the champion Australian first season sire last season and currently leading the second season sires list.

Pinot was bred to win a classic as her dam Dizelle won the G1 AJC Oaks and boasts a 2 x 4 double cross of the great Zabeel.

Dizelle, a sister to Hong Kong champion Vengeance Of Rain from the G1 winner Danelagh, has also produced stakes-winner Dizlago and G2-placed Lucky Lago

Racing And Sports



123779
R8 FLEMINGTON 9 November 2017
Kennedy Oaks 3F , 2500m
Race Synopsis: The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Pinot staged a strong staying effort in taking out this Group One fillies’ classic. After a delay at the barriers, she missed the start, worked in the early stages before settling outside the leader (Rimraam). The pace then slowed noticeably from the 1200m but lifted quickly when challengers came nearing the home turn. She got to the front at the 300m and fought back gamely for a very good win, outstaying her opposition. Bring Me Roses raced in ninth place on the rails, improved behind runners at the home turn, switched deeper and into clear running at the 300m and then ran on really well for a very good second. Hiyaam travelled in seventh place, one off the rails, improved (deep) rounding the home turn and responded to riding very well in the closing stages to take third in a most promising staying effort at only her sixth start. Luvaluva settled back in ninth place, before Blake Shinn made an early move at the 800m due to the slow pace at that stage of the race. She challenged (widest of all) at the home turn, maintained a strong bid until the 200m then battled on well for (2.9 lengths) fourth. Miss Admiration, who had not run a place in her only six starts to date, travelled well in sixth place on the rails, got along the inner to be in a challenging position at the 300m and then fought surprising well for a very good (3 lengths) fifth. The favourite Aloisia was unsettled after casting a plate prior to the start and went forward in the early stages before easing to get a good trip in fourth place (one out and one back), tracking the eventual winner. She moved up nearing the home tur but was under pressure at the 300m and then battled on for (3.2 lengths) sixth, looking tested by the 2500m trip.

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Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
4. PINOT (AUS)
3yo Filly
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
STEPHEN BASTER
55.5
$5.50
 
PIERRO (AUS) - DIZELLE (AUS)
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners (Mgr: A Wellman), Newgate S F (Mgr: G D Murphy), J A R Bester & Ms K Waterhouse
2nd  
3. BRING ME ROSES (AUS)
3yo Filly
TONY MC EVOY
LUKE CURRIE
55.5
$31.00
 
HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) - FRECKLED FACE (AUS)
Clairden Racing (Mgr: Dr D J O'Brien)
3rd  
6. HIYAAM (NZ)
3yo Filly
MICK PRICE
MICHAEL DEE
55.5
$21.00
 
HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) - MAZARINE (NZ)
 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum
4th  2. LUVALUVA (NZ)
3yo Filly
J G SARGENT
BLAKE SHINN
55.5
$6.50
5th  12. MISS ADMIRATION (AUS)
3yo Filly
MICK PRICE
NOEL CALLOW
55.5
$151.00
6th  1. ALOISIA (NZ)
3yo Filly
AARON PURCELL
LUKE NOLEN
55.5
$1.80
7th  5. RIMRAAM (NZ)
3yo Filly
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
KERRIN MCEVOY
55.5
$16.00
8th  8. RELIABLE DAME (NZ)
3yo Filly
ANTHONY FREEDMAN
CRAIG WILLIAMS
55.5
$26.00
9th  9. SWEET MISCHIEF (AUS)
3yo Filly
TONY MC EVOY
JAMIE KAH
55.5
$101.00
10th  10. FOUR KOALAS (AUS)
3yo Filly
BRIAN MCGRATH
HUGH BOWMAN
55.5
$101.00
11th  7. LUCKY LOUIE (AUS)
3yo Filly
A & E CUMMINGS
BEN MELHAM
55.5
$67.00
12th  11. CIRCULEIGHT (AUS)
3yo Filly
TRENT BUSUTTIN & NATALIE YOUNG
MICHAEL WALKER
55.5
$101.00

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