Champion 3YO Pierro, regarded by trainer Gai Waterhouse as the best she has ever trained, has retired from racing following his close 2nd in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile last Saturday.
Global breeding giant Coolmore Stud has secured the services of the 2YO Triple Crown-winning colt In a deal rumoured to be worth up to $30 million,
Coolmore Australia’s general manager Michael Kirwan said the son of Lonhro would be a great acquisition to the roster.
“We’ve followed Pierro’s career very closely ever since he made his debut and we’re thrilled that he is joining what is already an exceptional line up of stallions here at Coolmore Australia,” Kirwan said.
“He was a truly brilliant two-year-old equally effective at all distances from 1000 to 1600 metres. No other horse since 1970 has managed to secure the two-year-old Triple Crown while remaining undefeated through his first season and I understand that he’s the only Triple Crown winner to go on to win two G1 races at weight-for-age as a three-year-old.
Pierro’s owner Greg Kolivos says he has been “living the dream” racing Pierro with his wife, Donna, and their son, Alex, has retained a small interest in the champion three-year-old.
Pierro (Lonhro x Miss Right Note, by Daylami) retired winning 11 of his 14 starts including five at Group 1 level, His career earnings totalled $4,536,650.
A stud fee for Pierro is likely to be announced on Monday and Coolmore is expecting the sire will serve at least 150 broodmares in his debut season later this year.
By Owens Wong