Derby Hero for Pierro
Tara Madgwick - Saturday April 7
He might have won a Golden Slipper and been the Champion 2YO of his generation, but as a sire Pierro is taking his brilliance in a new direction with a Group I VRC Oaks winner in the spring in Pinot and now a Group I ATC Australian Derby winner in the autumn.



The Peter Gelagotis trained colt Levendi put the writing on the wall when winning the Group II ATC Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill last Saturday over 2000 metres and again showed his class and tenacity when stepping up to the 2400 metres of the Blue Riband.

Levendi levels up to Ace High and refuses to loseRidden a treat by Mark Zahra, Levendi settled midfield and after turning for home set out after quality colt Ace High, who won the Victoria Derby and was looking to make it a Derby double.

Ace High never shirked his task for a second, but when you put a Pierro into a dog fight, that's the dog you want to be on.

Just like his father, Levendi refused to lose, wearing down the other colt to win by a nose with nearly six lengths back to third place-getter Tangled.

The runner-up lodged an unsuccessful protest with Levendi (images Steve Hart) declared the winner to the great delight of his connections.

"He was really strong, you could see at the top of the straight he was going to figure in the finish," said Manny Gelagotis, who shared in the victory with his brother Peter.

"Full credit to Ace High, it was a great battle, but fortunately we got the job done."

Levendi has won five of 10 starts earning over $1.6 million in prizemoney for his big team of owners.

A $140,000 Magic Millions purchase for Manny Gelagotis from the Widden Stud draft, Levendi was bred by long time Widden client Robert Anderson.

Foaled and raised at Widden, Levendi is the second winner for stakes-placed Redoute's Choice mare Lipari, a daughter of Group I winner Tully Thunder.

She has a yearling filly by Sebring that will be offered by Widden Stud at Inglis Easter as Lot 207.


The second Group I winner for Pierro, Levendi is one of six stakes-winners this season for his sire, who has 21 entries for the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.


Harrolds Australian Derby Gr1 2400m
Randwick Track: Good(4) Time: 2:28.73
1
0.1
Levendi
T: Peter Gelagotis J: M Zahra 56.5
3c Pierro (AUS) x Lipari (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $140,000
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Manny Gelagotis $140,000
2
0.1
Ace High
T: David Payne J: T Angland 56.5
3c High Chaparral (IRE) x Come Sunday (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $130,000
V:Bell River Thoroughbreds Wellington NSW
B: Payne Racing $130,000
3
5.9
Tangled
T: C J Waller J: M J Walker 56.5
3c Snitzel (AUS) x Bramble Rose (NZ) (Shinko King (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $310,000
V:Newgate Farm, Aberdeen
B: Chris Waller Racing $310,000
4
6.5
Vin De Dance
T: M Baker and A Forsman J: J L Waddell 56.5
3g Roc De Cambes (NZ) x Explosive Dancer (NZ) (San Luis (AUS))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $70,000
V:Ohukia Lodge Ltd
B: Phill Cataldo Bloodstock $70,000
5
6.8
Main Stage
T: T Busuttin and N Young J: B Shinn 56.5
3g Reliable Man (GB) x Kiri (NZ) (Prized (USA))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $150,000
V:Kilmore Farm
B: Patella Bloodstock/Busuttin Racing $150,000
6
8.3
Furore
T: K A Lees J: B Avdulla 56.5
3g Pierro (AUS) x Stormy Choice (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $210,000
V:Haunui Farm
B: Australian Bloodstock/Lees Racing $210,000
7
8.7
Mongolianconqueror
T: S Autridge and J Richards J: O P Bosson 56.5
3g Ocean Park (NZ) x Queen Rania (NZ) (The Jogger (USA))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $130,000
V:Kiltannon Stables Ltd
B: Mr DC Ellis $130,000
NZB Select Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Mapperley Stud Ltd
B: NZB as agent $100,000
8
9.6
Mongolian Marshal
T: M Baker and A Forsman J: Craig Williams 56.5
3g High Chaparral (IRE) x Ardeche (NZ) (Dehere (USA))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $220,000
V:Cambridge Stud
B: Rider Horse NZ $220,000
9
10.3
Weather With You
T: M Baker and A Forsman J: J R Collett 56.5
3g Teofilo (IRE) x Tarique (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))
MM National Yearling Sale $27,000
V:Sun Stud Kerrie Vic
B: Andrew Forsman $27,000
10
10.6
Condor
T: P M Perry J: C Newitt 56.5
3c Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Ronan's Bay (USA) (Johannesburg (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $400,000
V:Coolmore Stud Jerry's Plains NSW
B: Paul Perry Racing $400,000
11
14.4
Endowment
T: C W Gibbs J: D Oliver 56.5
3g Savabeel (AUS) x Timpin (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
12
15.3
Belfast
T: T Busuttin and N Young J: K McEvoy 56.5
3c Teofilo (IRE) x Lovingthelimelight (USA) (Lemon Drop Kid (USA))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $130,000
V:Brighthill Farm
B: Mr TL Busuttin/Ms N Young $130,000
13
15.6
Mission Hill
T: M Baker and A Forsman J: Damian Lane 56.5
3g Teofilo (IRE) x Aypebe (AUS) (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA))
14
22.3
Capital Gain
T: Paul Butterworth J: B Melham 56.5
3g Ad Valorem (USA) x Zuzao (AUS) (Delzao (AUS))
MM Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale $50,000
V:Moffatt Breaking & Pre Training Milawa Vic
B: Pharout Syndications/Paul Butterworth $50,000
15
23.3
Salsamor
T: T Busuttin and N Young J: Z Purton 56.5
3c Tavistock (NZ) x Hula Bar (NZ) (Al Akbar (AUS))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Hallmark Stud
B: NZB as agent $150,000
16
30.3
Pissaro
T: R E Laing J: S Clipperton 56.5
3c Pierro (AUS) x Sirani (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $410,000
V:Sledmere Stud Scone NSW
B: Ray & Susan Montague $410,000
17
35.8
Astoria
T: James Cummings J: G Schofield 56.5
3c Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Segue (AUS) (Ad Valorem (USA))
18
99.9
The Lord Mayor
T: C J Waller J: C W Brown 56.5
3g Rock 'n' Pop (AUS) x Soph (NZ) (Lord Ballina (AUS))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $52,000
V:Ardsley Stud Ltd
B: Hughes Bloodstock $52,000