On a track that started the day as a Soft 7 and finished a Good 4, Pierata clocked a slick 1min 9.08 sec with an official sectional of 33.6 sec. That compares favourably with Monsieur Gustave (1:9.28/34.58) and Pretty Fast (1:9.38/34.52). GUTSY GUSTAVE PREVENTS SYDNEY SWEEP Restricted performer Mishani El Lobo stopped the official clock in 1:9.07, in a fast time set up by Boomwaa and Bullpit, but in that race they came home more than a second slower than the three-year-olds in 34.87. The time was the only cold water to pour on the visually spectacular debut of two-year-old Ardoyne Road. Pierata lived up to the hype with his impressive win in the Winning Rupert Plate.Source:AAP The “believe your eyes” brigade will point to the way the filly was able to win. You don’t see many two-year-old winners that were slow out of the machines, circle the field to lead and then kept going to open up a big margin. Her progress will be very interesting to watch. The other star of the meeting was the Doomben track. Rated a Heavy 10 on Thursday morning, the surface recovered remarkably in the following 48 hours. You could have written your own ticket about the odds of horses running low 69 seconds for 1200m at that stage. REPAIR WORKS FOR WEIR THE BRC will carry out mitigation works on the Eagle Farm weir that bridges the stabling precinct to remedy the water course, following a number of horses from Rob Heathcote’s stables being evacuated for a short time when it broke its banks last week. Water bottle-necked at the weir and breached the retaining wall, flowing into Heathcote’s stable at a rate of knots, before subsiding a short time later. “A structural engineer has a solution for the water course to remedy,” BRC’s general manager of racing Matt Rudolph said. “It was the first significant rain event for the precinct and thankfully the drainage performed to specification, allowing the boxes to be mucked and topped with fresh bedding in an hour.” In total, 10 boxes out of 420 were affected in the deluge. GRACE HAPPY TO RUN RACING Minister Grace Grace was a guest at Doomben on Saturday as speculation on whether she will retain the role for a second term heightens. Grace said she