Hot off winning the $2m Australian Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m) with Levendi and having already sired $1m VRC Oaks (Gr. 1, 2500m) winner Pinot, Te Akau principal David Ellis bought a filly by their Champion sire Pierro (Lonhro) at the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
Lot 243 br or blk f Pierro – Missy Cummings (Magnus) $135,000 (draft: Segenhoe Stud)
The quintessential racehorse and now leading second crop sire in Australia, Pierro only ever ran in stakes races, winning 11 of his 14 starts. The unbeaten Triple Crown winner as a two-year-old amassed $4.5 million and already had yearling progeny reach $1.5m in the sales ring.
“She is a cracking example of Pierro, has a fantastic temperament, athletic walk, with plenty of strength and quality about her, and bred to come a bit sooner than the other Pierro filly we’ve bought,” Ellis said.
“She’s out of stakes winning mare by Magnus, a son of Golden Slipper winner Flying Spur (Danehill) that recently sired the Blue Diamond Prelude winner Enbihaar (his 16th stakes winner). Magnus was a hardy Group One winning sprinter that also finished second to Takeover Target in the Group One Krisflyer in Singapore, as well as a second to Miss Andretti in the Group Two King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in England. He’s left three Group One winners and I think he’s an ideal broodmare sire that adds toughness to the pedigree.
“Missy Cummings was a stakes winner, and all three dams on the page are stakes winners, certainly adding to the quality and depth in the family that this filly has.
“Pierro already appears to have crossed particularly well with Danehill blood, which she has through Flying Spur, and we believe she can prove to be an autumn two-year-old that trains on as a three-year-old classics filly.
“She is great value at $135,000 and we had some inside information that the first foal, a half-sister by Zoustar, is showing plenty of promise in the stables of Anthony Cummings.”