Pierro a Champion on Track and at Stud
Tara Madgwick - Tuesday, 1 August 2017
As the finest son of one of the most loved racehorses of our time in Lonhro, Pierro has always carried the aura of greatness and in claiming Champion Australian First Season Sire honours he has achieved something even his illustrious sire did not.

Tulip - the best 2YO sired by any first season sirePierro closed out the 2016/2017 season with seven Australian winners (plus one in South Africa) of nine races with earnings of $872,635.

His tally of winners is headed by outstanding filly Tulip, who won the Group III ATC Magic Night Stakes and was third in the Group I ATC Golden Slipper Stakes and fourth in the Group I MRC Blue Diamond Stakes.

The Hayes/Dabernig trained Tulip is quite clearly the best two year-old produced by any of the first season sires of 2016/2017 and is currently preparing for Group I goals over the spring carnival.

Pierro has several other irons in the fire for spring with a string of recent smart late season winners such as Levendi, Noviero, Octabello and Poseidon's Pool, while his Group II placed colt Pierata is sure to make his presence felt.

Pierro's first crop achievements have surpassed that of his sire Lonhro, who ended his first season with six Australian winners headed by one stakes-winner in Black Minx.

By the end of his third season, Lonhro had shot past all of his peers and in fact finished third on the Australian General Sires List that year with Group I winner Denman his star performer.

The very next year in 2011, Lonhro claimed the title of Champion Australian Sire with Group I winner Beaded his highlight horse and has been in the very top echelon of sires ever since.

When Pierro arrived on the scene in 2012 to win the coveted 2YO Triple Crown, Lonhro had found his first 'big horse' and now at the end of his first season at stud, it's fair to say Pierro is also his heir apparent at stud.



Completely free of Danehill blood, Pierro will cover another stellar book of mares at Coolmore this spring at a fee $49,500.



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