Set to embark on a stud career at Aquis once his racing days are over, Gr.1 winner Pierata added further gloss to his already impressive race record when recording a length victory over Gr.1 winners Trekking and Le Romain in the inaugural running of the $1m Redzel Stakes at Rosehill Gardens.
Pre-race, the discussion centered around the wide draw for Pierata, but jockey Tommy Berry was confident that if he had to travel wide in the run, so be it, as he was still on the best horse in the race.
As it panned out, Berry jumped Pierata away well from barrier 11 in the 12-horse field and travelled forward, eventually settling three-wide with race leader Home Of The Brave ensuring a solid tempo up front. Asked for an effort before the home turn, the Greg Hickman-trained stallion responded, chasing down the leading duo to record his ninth career victory.
Racing in the Aquis silks for the first time, Hickman was overjoyed by the win. “It’s so good. It’s good for his owners who have been really good, and the staff at home, my wife,” stated Hickman.
“You can’t do it by yourself. It’s not about me, it’s about the whole group and it’s been a tremendous ride. To have Aquis colours on for the first time and to win for them, it’s pretty special.”
Post-race, Berry was effusive in his praise for the son of Pierro. “I just trusted him. I knew he was the best horse in the race.”
“I said to the connections and Greg just before I got in ‘worst case scenario we’ll be three wide and if we are we’ll just have to cop our medicine, I believe he’s the best horse in the race and get the job done. Gee didn’t he pin his ears back.”
With plenty of options open to Pierata before retiring to Aquis for the 2020 breeding season where Australia’s current highest timeform rated runner is sure to be in high demand, the ownership group will discuss any possible racing plans which could see the multiple black-type winner head for an international race campaign.