Pierro Winner at Canterbury, But Not the One Expected
Tara Madgwick - Friday, 1 December 2017
Pierro had the race favourite Patrina for the 1100 metre three year-old maiden at Canterbury on Friday night, but when she was scratched at the barrier, the Golden Slipper winning sire quickly found an able substitute.

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained filly Aeecee Tong De was only fair in her first three starts earlier this year, her best effort a second at Wyong in May.

Aeecee Tong De as a yearlingRecent trials had suggested Aeecee Tong De was a stronger filly this time around and she certainly raced up to that assessment.

She bounced straight to the front for Rachel King and led all the way, fighting on tenaciously to the line to win by a long neck.

"She pinged the gates, controlled the tempo and was never going to be beaten," said stable representative Emma Pearce.

"We've always thought she was city class, she just needed the time to strengthen up."

A $120,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Musk Creek draft for Gai Waterhouse/ Julian Blaxland, Aeecee Tong De is the first winner for Brandish, a half-sister by Elusive Quality (USA) to stakes-winners Pistols and Keep the Faith.

Musk Creek will offer the current yearling from Brandish, a colt by Dissident, at Magic Millions next month as Lot 562.


Race 2 - Book Summer Hospitality Mdn - 1100m
Class: Maiden. Track: Good(4). Time: 1:04.99. Sectional Time: 0:34.84 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $40,000 - 1st: $21,970 2nd: $7,920 3rd: $3,960.
 1   Aeecee Tong De T: G Waterhouse and A Bott J: Rachel King
$4.50
54.5
3f   Pierro x Brandish (Elusive Quality (USA) )
 Lot 211 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale
Vendor - Musk Creek Farm, Flinders, Vic
Buyer - Gai Waterhouse Racing / J Blaxland  $120,000
 2 0.4 Seasons T: L J Bridge J: Tim Clark
$13
57.0
3f   Sebring x Acouplamas (Al Maher )
 Lot 437 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale
Vendor - Holbrook Thoroughbreds, Scone, NSW
Buyer - K Harding  $110,000
 3 1.4 Puppet Master T: G Portelli J: L Magorrian
$3.25
56.0
3c   Foxwedge x Pinocchio (Encosta De Lago )
Lot 58 2016 Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale
Vendor - Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Corinella, Vic
Buyer - Darby Racing  $100,000
 4 2.6 Oria T: Joseph Pride J: G Schofield
$17
57.0
3f   Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Bal Du Siecle (GB) (Danehill Dancer (IRE) )
 5 3.1 Kissing Game T: John Thompson J: T Angland
$13
56.5
3f   Hinchinbrook x Kiss 'n Chase (Red Ransom (USA) )
 6 4.0 Gretzky T: M, W and J Hawkes J: K Jennings
$15
59.0
3g   All Too Hard x There's Only One (Testa Rossa )
 7 9.5 The Exchequer T: Joseph Pride J: J R Collett
$21
58.5
3g   Choisir x Money Tree (Fastnet Rock )
 8 12.1 Darajilla T: Joseph Pride J: C W Brown
$26
57.0
3f   Redoute's Choice x Daralara (FR) (Barathea (IRE) )
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