2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes May Mark Pierro’s Swansong – Preview

April 17th, 2013

Pierro could have his final career run in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, which will take place at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday April 27, 2013.

He will first run in the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap at the same track this weekend, however, it appears likely that a convincing win could mean a start in the 2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

However should he line up for the race, he will have to face off against in form galloper It’s A Dundeel.


Pierro may have his final career run in the 2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes against It's A Dundeel. Picture by Steve Hart.

It’s A Dundeel has won his past three race starts this autumn in convincing fashion, with his latest win coming in the Group 1 ATC Australian Derby.

The High Chaparral colt won that race by an outstanding six lengths.

Trainer Murray Baker is not concerned about Pierro in the 2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

‘‘You wouldn’t even think he’s had a race looking at him. As it was, he hardly had a race, he won it that easy,’’ Baker said of It’s A Dundeel’s condition following his ATC Australian Derby win.

Jockey Michael Rodd will ride the colt, who will stay on to race another season with his eyes firmly on some of the spring’s feature races.

‘‘I’ll probably start in Sydney then take him down to Melbourne, but he’ll just run in weight-for-age races. The Cox Plate will be his main aim,” Baker said.

“He’ll go a lot better in Melbourne this time, now that he’s cornering so well and you don’t have to ride him along so much.

‘‘A lot of people have told me he’d be a good horse for Europe, with his pattern of racing. He’s got that great sprint that he can just pick them up.

‘‘Having lived in Europe for 3 1/2 years when I was a young fellow and I wouldn’t mind a trip back. You’ve certainly got to consider the options.’’

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