Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Price Boosts, Racing Backups, Fluc Up!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Odds Boosts, Racing Offers, Massive MULTIS!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Steve Hart
Pierata has claimed the Group One win his trainer Greg Hickman has been banking on

At his eighth attempt, Pierata has claimed the Group One win his trainer Greg Hickman has been banking on, winning the All Aged Stakes at Randwick.

Hickman is also a part-owner of Pierata who has earned more than $3.3 million with his value as a stallion prospect now markedly increased.

In scoring at the top level, Pierata relegated Osborne Bulls ($2.80 fav) to his fourth Group One second this autumn, beating the Godolphin sprinter by a long neck after settling better than midfield.

Pierata ($4.20) was ridden by Tommy Berry who grew up at Warwick Farm where Hickman trains and also rode the four-year-old when he was nosed out of a Group One win in last month’s Galaxy (1100m) by Nature Strip.

“We’ve been knocking on the door for so long,” Hickman said.

“He’s been running the sectionals and in his work you could see he’s been improving in his coat and attitude.

“A horse like this is life changing. I’ve got a little share in him which will help along the way and Tommy rode him 10 out of 10.”

Berry and his late twin brother Nathan, who was also a jockey, spent their childhoods around the stables at Warwick Farm until they were old enough to ride.

“They’ve always been there,” Hickman said.

“Nathan rode his first black-type winner on Rubinda for me.

“Now Tommy has won a Group One. Mum and dad have been great supporters behind the scenes and we are all pretty close.”

For Berry the win was also more significant than most.

“Greg is like family to us. I grew up with him and used to call him Cowboy when we were growing up.

“It is very special. I’ve always remembered where I come from and I love riding for the trainers out there.

“You know how hard these guys work but they don’t get the credit they deserve.”

Berry said Pierata felt like the winner from a long way out.

“He travelled so sweetly for me in the run. At the top of the rise on the better going he was able to let down with that signature turn of foot he has got.

“I thought Osborne Bulls was going to get me at the 100 (metres) but my bloke actually pulled away from him late.

“He deserved to win. He is a quality colt and I’m sure there will be a lot of studs knocking on the door now.

“The owners are passionate. They’ve stuck by Greg which is incredible when they could have sold him off a long time ago. Full credit to these guys.”

Osborne Bulls’ jockey Hugh Bowman summed up his mount succinctly.

“Well he’s a model of consistency and he hasn’t let anyone down again,” he said.

Featured News

Free List of the Best Racing Bets and Bonus Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Tahlia Hope set for extended stay in hospital

Apprentice Tahlia Hope could remain in hospital for up to three weeks as she recovers from viral meningitis. Hope was...

Godolphin secure slot in The Everest

Global racing operation Godolphin has won the tender for the vacant slot in the $14 million Everest forfeited by Damion...

Schillaci Stakes winner to gain entry into The Everest

The turf wars between Victoria and NSW appear to be softening with the winner of the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield...

Trainer Ben Currie has ban reduced

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has had his disqualification on racing convictions further reduced while his criminal fraud charges have been...

Veteran trainer remains in critical condition

Veteran trainer Bruce Purcell remains in a critical condition, three days after being airlifted to a Melbourne hospital with serious...

Queensland trainer fined for assaulting stewards

Veteran Queensland trainer Ron Maund has been fined $2000 with no conviction recorded on charges of assaulting two Racing Integrity...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2019 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.