Jungle Edge overcome as Pierata triumphs in Stakes
COULD Pierata have won The Everest at Randwick yesterday?
This was the question many experts were asking after Pierata toppled a quality field of sprinters in The Everest consolation, the Group 3 $500,000 Sydney Stakes (1200m).
Trainer Greg Hickman had wanted to get Pierata into The Everest all spring without success and was still hopeful of a late call-up last week when it was learned Home Of The Brave was coming out of the race.
Slot-holder Australian Turf Club substituted Godolphin stablemate Osborne Bulls for Home Of the The Brave and Hickman’s The Everest hopes were dashed.
The trainer and his syndicate of owners are already thinking about the $14 million The Everest next year after Pierata’s Sydney Stakes triumph.
Pierata ($4.40 equal favourite) sprinted brilliantly from the top of the straight to race away with the Sydney Stakes, scoring by nearly three lengths from early leader Jungle Edge ($4.40 equal favourite) with Clearly Innocent ($9.50) more than two lengths away third, just in front of Tactical Advantage.
Star jockey Tommy Berry said his win on Pierata “means a lot to me”.
“I was born and bred at Warwick Farm so Greg has been a big part of my life and career,’’ Berry said.
Hickman’s effort to bring Pierata back from an unplaced Epsom run over 1600m two weeks ago and have the fouryear-old primed for the Sydney Stakes over 1200m didn’t go unnoticed by Berry.
“Greg is an underrated trainer,’’ he said.