Pierro's Little Sister Books Her Ticket to the Oaks

Mark Smith - Wednesday September 23

Pierro’s little sister Pensato broke her maiden at her fifth start while stamping her credentials for the Victoria Oaks with a dominant performance in Wednesday’s Kennedy Oaks Trial (1800m) at Flemington.

Pensato leads home the pack in Oaks Trial (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Just two of the 13 starters went into the race with a win to their name.

A luckless third over 1300m at Geelong at her most recent start, the daughter of Lonhro had luck taken out of the equation when John Allen placed the James Cummings-trained filly on the outside of the pacesetting Breeze 'n' Luna in a slowly run race.

Left in front a long way out, Pensato kept up a relentless gallop to defeat Salto Angel (Sacred Falls) by one and a quarter lengths with Star Of Eden (Wandjina) a short-neck back in third ahead of Yatton (Savabeel) who was cramped for room down the straight.

“That was a nice way to break her maiden here at headquarters,” stable representative Sean Keogh said.  

“We always knew she had a turn of foot and she is a nice style of filly. Obviously, she is impeccably bred but whether she had the lungs to stay was a bit of a question mark coming here today, so she has ticked off that box.

“James will decide where she goes next, but she will be well suited at 10 furlongs.”

Bred to win anything - Pensato  (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

While Pierro was only asked to go a mile and a quarter when third in the WS Cox Plate, Pensato’s half-sister Ambience (Street Cry) excelled over an extended trip winning the Group II Wakeful Stakes and placing in all three of the eastern seaboards Group 1 Oaks.

Godolphin sold a sister to Pensato and Pierro, Right Chord, for $1,050,000 to James Harron Bloodstock at the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale carrying a positive test to Exceed And excel.

It’s not the first time that Godolphin has cashed in on the family.

They sold another full-sister, Madrigals, to Dean Hawthorn Bloodstock for $425,000 at the 2017 National broodmare Sale and famously sold Pierro as a weanling for $115,000 before he made $230,000 to the bid of Gai Waterhouse at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Their dam Miss Right Note (IRE) (Daylami) has a 2yo Street Boss (USA) colt named Backstreets and a yearling colt by Impending.

The half-sister to Octagonal’s dual Group 1 winner Laverock missed to Lonhro last year.



Race Result - Kennedy Oaks Trial 1800m

Flemington Track: Good(4) Time: 1:52.45
T: James Cummings J: John Allen 56
3f Lonhro (AUS) x Miss Right Note (IRE) (Daylami (IRE))
Salto Angel
T: D T O'Brien J: D Oliver 56
3f Sacred Falls (NZ) x Jacilo (NZ) (Entrepreneur (GB))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $130,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: O'Brien Thoroughbreds
Star Of Eden
T: M D Moroney J: W Egan 56
3f Wandjina (AUS) x Jujube (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $62,500
V:Glastonbury Farms, Scone
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock / Ballymore Stables Australia
T: M D Moroney J: Jye McNeil 56
3f Savabeel (AUS) x O'Reilly Rose (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $300,000
B: Mr J Foote / Mr D Weir
Swindon Lass
T: Matthew Brown J: Beau Mertens 56
3f Wordsmith (AUS) x Splendid Thing (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $20,000
V:Armidale Stud Carrick Tas
B: Matthew Brown Racing
T: Dan O'Sullivan J: M Rodd 56
3f Proisir (AUS) x Uno Sayuri (JPN) (Scatter The Gold (CAN))
Perfect World
T: A & S Freedman J: L Currie 56
3f Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Fiorentina (AUS) (Dubai Destination (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd, Scone
B: Blue Sky Bloodstock (FBAA) / Anthony Freedman
Hard Squeeze
T: R D Griffiths J: D Yendall 56
3f All Too Hard (AUS) x Exsqueeze Me (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $80,000
V:Gilgai Farm, Nagambie
B: Robbie Griffiths Racing / Peter Ford Thoroughbreds (FBAA)
Blazing Lace
T: Dan O'Sullivan J: M J Dee 56
3f Toronado (IRE) x Lacey Underall (AUS) (Desert Sun (GB))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 2 $30,000
V:Yarran Thoroughbreds, Seymour
B: Dan O'Sullivan Racing Pty Ltd
Inglis Great Southern Sale - Weanlings $11,000
V:Swettenham Stud, Nagambie
B: M Joy
Proud Mary
T: M D Moroney J: D W Stackhouse 56
3f Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Bronislava (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Yarraman Park Stud, Scone
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock / Ballymore Stables Australia
Art Glass
T: G M Begg J: W Pike 56
3f Sebring (AUS) x Crystal Flute (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $570,000
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone
B: Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock
Breeze 'n' Luna
T: D T O'Brien J: Craig Williams 56
3f Mongolian Khan (AUS) x Diamond Thorn (NZ) (Thorn Park (AUS))
Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale $80,000
V:Kiltannon Stables, Cambridge, NZ
B: H Chen
T: D T O'Brien J: Damian Lane 56
3f Shamexpress (NZ) x Rita Moreno (NZ) (King's Chapel (AUS))
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