The 2013 Canterbury Stakes has been won by Pierro at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse last Saturday March 23, 2013.
Pierro won the race ahead of stable mate More Joyous, who finished second, and Solzhenitsyn, who placed in third.
The three-year-old has now won 10 of his 12 race starts and has earned more than $3.8 million in prize money during his horse racing career.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse was pleased with the efforts from both Pierro and More Joyous in the 2013 Canterbury Stakes.
“Aren’t I lucky to be training two champions like Pierro and More Joyous,” she cooed.
Jockey Jim Cassidy could not hide his excitement after the race, calling Pierro the best horse he has ever ridden in his entire career.
“Look, I’ve ridden some great horses over the years but I’ve haven’t ridden one better than Pierro,” the Hall of Fame jockey said. “This colt is a freak, an absolute champion, and he will win any race Gai wants to run him in.
“I don’t like using the word freely but he is every bit a champion.
“I put Pierro above Might And Power because to do what he did as a two-year-old, then here he is, a three-year-old beating the older horses in Group 1 races – this colt is phenomenal.
“Seriously, the sky is the limit for Pierro.
“Everyone had More Joyous in front of Pierro on the speed maps, but not me.
“My plan was to be positive early and we ended up third on the fence with More Joyous behind us. I knew at the 600m the race was ours because he was travelling so well.
“I was very privileged and very honoured to ride this colt today.
“I have seen plenty of his backside before but to ride him is a special feeling; he is a push-button horse.”
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2013 Canterbury Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||10||PIERRO||Gai Waterhouse||Jim Cassidy||–||7||56kg||$2F|
|2||7||MORE JOYOUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||0.8L||4||57kg||$4.20|
|3||4||SOLZHENITSYN (NZ)||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||2.3L||6||59kg||$51|
|4||2||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||3L||10||59kg||$31|
|5||8||SECRET ADMIRER||Grahame Begg||James McDonald||3.6L||5||57kg||$26|
|6||6||AERONAUTICAL||Lionel Cohen||Craig Williams||3.8L||3||59kg||$41|
|7||5||FONTELINA||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||3.9L||8||59kg||$151|
|8||9||MID SUMMER MUSIC||Peter G Moody||Joshua Parr||5.2L||2||57kg||$101|
|9||1||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Glen Boss||5.8L||1||59kg||$41|
|10||3||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||8.9L||9||59kg||$4|