Pierro favourite to be leading Aussie freshman

Pierro: stood his first season at Coolmore at a big A$77,000 fee

PICTURE: Liesl King/ThoroughbredNEWS.com.au Pierro favourite to be leading Aussie freshman By Martin Stevens 1:43PM 25 AUG 2016

LUXBET has made Pierro favourite in a newly opened market on Australia's leading first-season sire by prize-money in the 2016/17 season.

The firm, backed by Tabcorp, goes 2.00 – or even-money – that progeny of Pierro will earn the most over the next year.

Pierro, a son of Lonhro, won three Group 1 races at two including the prestigious Golden Slipper.

He stood his first season at Coolmore Australia at a hefty A$77,000 fee, a price that did not appear to deter breeders.

Luxbet make Pierro's old racecourse rival All Too Hard, a half-brother to Black Caviar, 2.70 in the same market.

All Too Hard finished second to Pierro in the Inglis Sires Produce Stakes but got the better of him at three in the Caulfield Guineas.

He stood his first season at Vinery at a fee of A$66, 000.

Those two horses dominate the betting, with a stretch back to Your Song, a Group 1-winning son of Fastnet Rock, on odds of 7.50.

Luxbet does not appear to rate the chances of the European shuttlers, with Excelebration on 11.00, Dalakhani on 17.00 and Harbour Watch and Reliable Man both on 35.00.

Frankel, who covered a handful of mares to southern hemisphere time, is on 17.00.

Previous betting markets on the Australian first-season sires' championship have been decided by number of winners, so punters will need to pick the stallion they think has the best chance of producing quality runners rather than quantity.

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