Waterhouse's stellar colt Pierro could help her break record

Nash Rawiller on Pierro after finishing second in the Beck Caulfield Guineas during Guineas Day at Caulfield Racecourse on October 13, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.
Nash Rawiller on Pierro after finishing second in the Beck Caulfield Guineas during Guineas Day at Caulfield Racecourse on October 13, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. Vince Caligiuri / Getty Images

GAI Waterhouse will surpass the record of her late father, legendary Sydney trainer TJ Smith, if hot favourite Pierro can salute in today's $2million Group 1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick.

The pair have each won the time-honoured race seven times, and Waterhouse was her usual confident self after trackwork on Tuesday, suggesting the champion colt had improved since his last start win in the George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on April 6.

Perhaps with an eye on the failure of her champion mare More Joyous in last year's Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield when burdened with 60kg, the trainer did acknowledge that Pierro faced a difficult challenge as a three-year-old over the testing Randwick mile with 57kg.

"It's a big weight, and I can't think of a horse in recent history who has been lumbered with such a big weight," she said.

To give Waterhouse a record eighth Doncaster, Pierro will have to beat the metric weight-carrying record for three-year-olds, set by Tontonan in 1974.

Tontonan was also the last horse to win the Doncaster the year after taking out the Golden Slipper.

Despite having history against him, Pierro has been installed a $2.30 favourite with Tattsbet fixed odds.

The race could be the last time the son of Lonhro races with reports this week suggesting a prominent New South Wales stud was determined to buy the colt at any price - possibly up to $40million.

The hardest to beat could be the Bart Cummings-trained Norzita who is on the second line of betting at $9, although she has drawn awkwardly in barrier 17.

After winning the Coolmore (1500m) at Rosehill on March 23 and the Queen Of The Turf (1500m) on the same track on April 6, Appearance is also given a strong hope at $9.

Both she and Norzita should have no problems with the track which was rated heavy on Tuesday.

A wet surface would also bring Secret Admirer into contention.

The mare ran a solid fourth behind Appearance in the Queen Of The Turf and trainer Graham Begg told TVN earlier in the week she had improved since that second-up effort after missing vital work early in her campaign.

"She was a little bit behind, we got messed up with the rain early in the autumn but we feel she is hitting her peak at the right time," Begg said.

Happy Trails looms as a knockout hope.

Trained by Paul Beshara at Morphettville, the five-year-old was an unlucky sixth in the race last year but was an impressive winner of the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington last spring.

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