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First Stakes Horse for Pierro


Talented Pierro filly Tulip confirmed her standing as one of the best juvenile fillies in Victoria with a gallant short half head second in the Gr.2 MRC Blue Diamond Preview at Caulfield on Australia Day.

A brilliant winner on debut last month, the Hayes/Dabernig trained filly raced closer to the pace on this occasion and tried hard all the way to the line when going down narrowly in a tight finish to Limestone.

Her trainers believe Tulip will be better at 1200 metres and jockey Craig Williams, was more than happy with the filly.

"She was really good. Unfortunately she found one too good for us, but she had to be tough today. She had to control the race, different to first-up. I don't think she lost any admirers, bar that she didn't have her head in front," Williams said.

Tulip is now an $11 second favourite for the Gr.1 MRC Blue Diamond Stakes next month behind Fastnet Rock filly Catchy at $9.

Tulip was a $400,000 NZB Premier purchase from the Curraghmore draft for BBA Ireland / Lindsay Park Racing. - Breednet.com.au


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