Fifth Winner for Pierro
Tenacity in a tight finish was a trademark of former Champion Two Year Old Pierro and there was plenty of that quality on show in promising youngster Noviero (2g Pierro x Bridal Vail, by Haradasun), who scored a dogged victory at Warwick Farm on Wednesday. Prepared by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Noviero was narrowly beaten on debut at Canterbury two weeks ago and went to the post as favourite for the 1400 metre maiden. Drawn the outside in a field of 10, Noviero worked forward for Adam Hyeronimus and led all the way before repelling a ferocious challenge from the Godolphin duo Animalia and Stone. Try as they might, the Godolphin pair could not run down the son of Pierro, who stared them down to win by a head.