Following on from yesterdays style advice for the upcoming racing season, today we present the first of our Weekly Thoroughbred Tips from Tommy C. A good friend of TVG and a born and bread racing enthusiast who loves the gallops and loves a punt. He is a proud ATC member and has had the privilege of experiencing the highs of racing with family connections to a Group 1 winner. We are all excited for the upcoming BMW Sydney Carnival and let’s see if he can’t pick a winner or two amongst the staggering 49 Group races over the Autumn.
1. Pierro – Get on fixed odds at $2.40. (Rosehill Race 8, No.10)
The Son of Lohnro. If racing is the sport of kings, then Pierro is a royal prince earning the right to his throne. Some people say that Pierro is the most exciting and talented colt in Australian racing today. I am one of those people. With a record of 11-9-1-1 it’s hard to argue. Pierro just oozes class and has champion running through his veins. His pedigree, class and conviction, coupled with his will to lead the pack makes him the real deal. His current form is red hot and he is going to take some beating this carnival. This Saturday Group 1 glory is up for grabs in the Canterbury Stakes at Rosehill. With a cracker field I have little doubt that this will be a clash to remember. We will witness the much-anticipated showdown with the highly experienced and renowned Queen of the turf, More Joyous. Can this prince be the one to stop her winning this race 3 years in a row? I say yes, by half a length. Get on fixed odds at $2.40.
2. Fiveandahalfstar. Get on at $2.90 (Rosehill Race 6 – No.13)
The Victoria Derby Champion has returned to Sydney. I reckon he boasts one of the finest names in racing with Hotel Grand as his Sire. The punters will be keeping a close eye as he features in the next three Saturdays in the the Rosehill Guineas, the BMW and Australian Derby. This Saturday he looks the one to beat in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes and is reunited with local hoop Peter Robl. This exciting 3 year old bay gelding has proven himself as a genuine stayer and a gifted weight for age contender. His last start second by a head, to top rated Super Cool was a massive effort, daylight ran third. I expect him to lead from Barrier 5 and set a tempo to suit. The only 3 year old in the race also gives him a welcomed 4.5kg advantage over most of the star studded field. The distance of 2000m should also suit him perfectly with all of his eye catching results coming at over a mile. I think if he travelled well he’ll lead from the front and win.
As Tommy would say, “if you’re not sweating when they come around the turn, you didn’t put enough on”. Good Luck Gents.
Image sources – Breeding & Racing, Daily Telegraph.