Pierro Stallion Wins Missile
Tara Madgwick - Saturday August 4
The Group II ATC Missile Stakes was won by champion racehorse and sire Lonhro in 2002 and the 2018 rendition at Randwick on Saturday did look as thought it might be a tribute to 'the black flash' on paper.
Pierata holds off KementariAnd so it turned out with his grand-son Pierata scoring a determined win over his valiant son Kementari.

The Greg Hickman trained Pierata was the star of the Queensland Summer Carnival reeling off a string of eye-catching wins culminating in a lucrative victory in the $2million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.

After a short break he took on the A graders in Sydney finishing second twice to Kementari in the Group II ATC Hobartville Stakes (1400m) and then the Group I ATC Randwick Guineas (1600m). On both occasions Pierata figured in the steward's report and you always had the feeling there was a little unfinished business between these two exceptional colts (images Steve Hart) .

Tuned up in recent barrier trials for their return, Godolphin trainer James Cummings had Kementari fit and ready fire, while Greg Hickman was confident Pierata was ready to give the favourite a run for his money.

With just three slots in the $13million The Everest in October up for grabs, the Missile Stakes had a special significance this year and it was game on!

Pierata raced closest to the lead, travelling on the outside of the pair behind the speed set by The Monstar while Kementari was two pairs further back.

Greg Hickman and James McDonaldPierata sprinted quickly with 300m to run, charging up to a gallant The Monstar before Kementari powered home late, cutting back the margin with every stride to miss by a long head. They ran the 1200 metres in a brisk 1:08.41.

"This horse, all he wants to does is want to please you," said winning rider James McDonald.

"He's a pretty good horse that only does what he has to.

"He got to them quick, got great acceleration. He moves like a dream.

"I wouldn't want it over again, hitting the lead at the furlong, that was a bit of a mistake.

"As a racehorse, he ticks all the boxes."

It was a relieved winning trainer Greg Hickman that welcomed his star galloper when he returned to scale.

"You always doubt things after running against restricted fields and the rest of it but it's all good now," Hickman said.

"The doubt's gone out of our mind.

"He goes alright this horse. He might be a bit special."

Following the win, Pierata's quote for The Everest was slashed into $11, from a high of $51 earlier this week.

"I don't really know what's happening with him in regards to what races he's running in," Hickman said. "We'll let the dust settle and worry about that next week."

Pierata as a yearlingA $160,000 Magic Millions purchase for Greg Hickman from the Kitchwin Hills draft, Pierata runs for a big syndicate of some 20 owners and has the imposing record of five wins and four placings from 11 starts with prizemoney in excess of $2.3million.

Pierata was bred by Hobartville Stud and is a half-brother to Group III winning juvenile Ashokan.He is the fourth winner from Group III winning Flying Spur mare November Flight, who has a yearling colt by Rubick and will foal again this spring to Pierata's sire Pierro.

The reigning Champion Australian Second Season Sire, Golden Slipper winner Pierro has shown himself to be a remarkable source of quality performers, not just classic horses like his Derby hero Levendi and Oaks queen Pinot, but also a genuinely top class sprinter miler like Pierata.

The champion son of Lonhro stands at Coolmore this spring at a fee of $88,000.

Mostyn Copper Grp Missile Stks Gr2 1200m
Randwick Track: Good(3) Time: 1:08.41
T: G D Hickman J: J B McDonald 58.5
4h Pierro (AUS) x November Flight (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $160,000
V:Kitchwin Hills Scone NSW
B: Greg Hickman
T: James Cummings J: G Schofield 58.5
4h Lonhro (AUS) x Yavanna (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
The Monstar
T: B F Cavanough J: T Angland 58.5
8g California Dane (AUS) x Sirocco Mist (AUS) (Brocco (USA))
T: Mark Newnham J: Rachel King 58.5
6g Per Incanto (USA) x Surreptitious (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
T: M, W and J Hawkes J: Tommy Berry 58.5
4h Snitzel (AUS) x Flidais (AUS) (Timber Country (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $1,100,000
V:Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
B: Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock
She Will Reign
T: G Portelli J: K McEvoy 56.5
4m Manhattan Rain (AUS) x Courgette (AUS) (Charge Forward (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $20,000
V:Ambergate Farm, Scone
B: Darby Racing
Boss Lane
T: R J Quinton J: A Adkins 58.5
8g Dubawi (IRE) x Lyricalworks (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $60,000
V:Dartbrook Downs Thoroughbreds, Scone
B: D Lamond
Music Magnate
T: Bjorn Baker J: J Bowman 58.5
7g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Concert Girl (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $45,000
V:Westbury Stud
B: Bjorn Baker Racing
T: G W Moore J: Tim Clark 58.5
6g Stratum (AUS) x Apamea (GB) (Zafonic (USA))
Egyptian Symbol
T: Bjorn Baker J: J R Collett 56.5
6m Stratum (AUS) x Our Egyptian Raine (NZ) (Desert Sun (GB))