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Pierro claims Triple Crown
29 Apr 2012PIERRO completed the perfect two-year-old season by claiming the coveted triple crown with a commanding win in the Group 1 $400,000 1600m race at Randwick yesterday.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse's superstar colt saved the best for last when he romped away with the Champagne Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths, his biggest winning margin in six starts.

"He takes my breath away," said Waterhouse, who has won at least one Group 1 race on each of the past five Saturdays in Sydney.

John Singleton, owner of runner-up Dear Demi, said Pierro is a superstar.

"We have run second to an absolute freak," he said.

The champion colt joined an elite club by snaring the Group 1 hat-trick and continues to rewrite the record books, including:

* PIERRO becomes only the sixth to win the Golden Slipper-ATC Sires' Produce Stakes-Champagne Stakes treble after Baguette (1970), Luskin Star (1977), Tierce (1991), Burst (1992) and Dance Hero (2004);

* HE joins Baguette as the only undefeated triple crown winners;

* PROVIDES Waterhouse with her second triple crown after Dance Hero;

* PIERRO'S unbeaten season also includes wins in the Silver Slipper Stakes, Todman Stakes and Breeders' Plate. Only Luskin Star (1977) has won those six feature races; and

* HE took his prizemoney to $2.94 million, second only to Dance Hero ($3.2m) for most stakes won in a debut season.

Pierro, heavily backed into $1.22 favouritism, including one bet of $10,000 at $1.26 with TAB Sportsbet fixed odds, always looked in control.

Jockey Nash Rawiller had Pierro poised to strike on the turn and the outstanding colt burst clear to win by nearly three lengths from Dear Demi ($19) with Tatra ($151) another 2 1/2 lengths away third.

"We should all savour this moment," Waterhouse said.

"You just don't see two-year-olds do what this colt has done.

"I've trained a number of outstanding two-year-olds but I haven't trained one better than Pierro. He's just an absolutely outstanding colt."

Owner Greg Kolivos said that he was more nervous before the Champagne Stakes than any of Pierro's other five races.

"I think it was because of the expectations on the horse; there was the triple crown and he was a very short-priced favourite," Kolivos said.

"It's been so special to be associated with this colt.

"Gai has done a wonderful job.

"She said months ago she was aiming him at the triple crown and Nash has ridden him so well every time."

The treble: Pierro ridden by Nash Rawiller and trained by Gai Waterhouse claimed the Triple Crown after victory in the Champagne Stakes. Picture: Rohan Kelly. Source: The Daily Telegraph