COLOURFUL trainer Kevin Pizzuto has issued an ominous warning following Picard’s super win at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight.
Leading throughout the Hondo Grattan Stake, Picard sealed a berth in the famed Chariots Of Fire which is programmed to be run at the same venue in a fortnight.
Second-up from a six-month spell, the son of Roll With Joe covered the mile in a brilliant 1:49.4.
As impressive as that sounds, Pizzuto offered a scary thought – Picard will get better!
“He is not fully fit yet,” Pizzuto said. “That was only his second start from a long spell.
“What until he is fully wound up and you’ll see what he can do.
“I will see how he pulls up and what he is like in the next couple of days, but I still might give him a start next week to have him nice and tight for the Chariots.”
With Lauren Tritton holding the reins, Picard began brilliantly to lead from barrier nine as Victorian raider Rackemup Tigerpie was forced to face the breeze.
Allowed to stride along at a swift tempo, Picard proved too slick along the home straight to score by a metre-and-a-half from Ashley Locaz, with Hail Christian two-and-a-half metres away third.
“I said during the week he would be hard to beat, I’m just surprised he paid $18,” Pizzuto said. “I know he had a bad draw but I still didn’t think he should have been at those odds.
“I’ve got no doubt he is as good as any of the four-year-olds and he will let them know he is there in the Chariots.”
An Australian Pacing Gold purchase, Picard is from Esthers Light which has a filly – Lot 304 – in the Sydney APG Sale on March 3.