Pierro Stakes Quinella at Randwick
The second day of The Championships at Randwick on Saturday started well for leading sire Pierro who produced the quinella in the Listed $150,000 Fernhill Mile (1600m) for two-year-olds with Untamed (2c Untamed x She’s a Wildcat, by Fastnet Rock) and Wheelhouse (2c Pierro x Sailing By, by Fastnet Rock) hitting the line together.
The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Untamed was well fancied following a debut win back in January followed by a meritorious first up second in the Group III ATC The Schweppervescence (1400m) last month.
Ridden off the pace by Nash Rawiller he surged to the line to edge out promising maiden Wheelhouse to win by half a head on the heavy ground, with both colts appearing to have a bright future ahead.
“He was stepping up to a trip he enjoys and all he wants to do is please you,” said Paul Snowden.
“He likes to relax in his races and hit the line hard.”
A $450,000 Magic Millions purchase from the late Paul Whelan’s Luskin Park draft for China Horse Club/Newgate Bloodstock, Untamed runs for a big syndicate of investors that also includes his breeders and has already won over $160,000 in prizemoney with two wins and a second from three starts.
The Group I ATC Champagne Stakes (1600m) next Saturday looks a likely target although it’s a race that will also features his Group I winning stablemate King’s Legacy.
“He may well back up if he pulls up well, so hopefully he can take his place,” Snowden added.
Untamed is the third winner from three foals to race from unraced Fastnet Rock mare She’s a Wildcat, a full sister to Group I winner and sire Foxwedge as well as stakes-winner She’s a Fox.
Untamed is the 22nd stakes-winner for Golden Slipper winning sire Pierro and is his second bred from a daughter of Fastnet Rock with the runner-up Wheelhouse also bred the same way.