Trainer Greg Hickman has confirmed his exciting colt Pierata will be aimed at the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in the Spring after impressing in a trial at Warwick Farm on Friday morning.
The three-year cruised to second place, beaten by less than half a length by Ziggy Willie over 807m, and Hickman could not be happier with the hit out.
"He did everything right," Hickman said. "He was out there to have a soft trial, Corey (Brown) just sat on him, showed gate speed and worked to the line nice.
"He'll come home and eat up. That's what I want to see. Corey said he didn't have much of a blow, in saying that he's not a very big horse as in a heavy, gross type.
"We'll trial him again on the 20th, get him fit and then just hold him there."
Hickman confirmed he plans to start Pierata's campaign in the weight-for-age Missile Stakes at Randwick on 4th August, before the then four-year-old returns for a possible clash with Winx in the race named after the great mare - the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) on 18th August.
From there Hickman will decide what the main target is for his stable star, who has plenty of options, one of which could be the $13million The Everest.
"It will either be blinkers on and The Everest or off to the Epsom," he said. "We've got a few irons in the fire."
Pierata is 20/1 to win The Everest, while he can be backed at 4/1 to triumph in the Epsom Handicap.
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