Pierro Stayer Wins Parramatta Cup
Winner of the Listed VRC St Leger last year after finishing fifth in the Group I ATC Australian Derby won by Quick Thinker, promising stayer Sacramento (4g Pierro x Alzora, by Redoute's Choice) has struck a winning vein of form posting his third successive victory at Rosehill on Saturday in the Listed ATC Parramatta Cup (1900m).
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained gelding led all the way for Sam Clipperton, controlling the race and kicking clear at the finish to win by more than a length.
Sacramento has a fierce will to win and has taken his overall record to six wins and three placings from 16 starts with prizemoney topping $373,000.
Sacramento is making good progress through the grades and will look towards bigger races in the spring.
Pierro had his first Melbourne Cup runner last year when progressive stayer Persan ran a bold fifth to Twilight Payment after winning the Group III VRC Bart Cummings, so connections may well see Sacramento chase a similar path.
A $160,000 Inglis Premier purchase from the Supreme Thoroughbreds draft for Paul Moroney Bloodstock, Sacramento was bred by highly successful Victorian breeder Robert Crabtree.
He is the second foal and first winner for Group III winning Redoute’s Choice mare Alzora, who was effective up to 2000 metres and her second dam is by Sadler’s Wells giving Sacramento a 4 x 4 double cross of the legendary sire.
Sacramento is the fourth Australian stakes-winner this season for Pierro, whose star mare Arcadia Queen (5m Pierro x Arcadia, by Redoute’s Choice) resumed from a spell at Caufield on Saturday to finish a good second in the Group I MRC Futurity Stakes.