Gai Waterhouse has no qualms about superstar colt Pierro missing the $1 million Golden Rose saying she still has the right horse to win Sydney's richest spring race.
"I've got the winner, I've already told you that," Waterhouse said.
Kabayan was taken to Melbourne for his first-up run on the same day as Pierro made his brilliant spring return in Sydney in the Group Three Run To The Rose to extend his winning sequence to seven.
Runner-up to Sizzling in last season's Group One TJ Smith Stakes (1600m) in Brisbane, Kabayan didn't appear comfortable around Caulfield in the Group Three McNeil Stakes (1200m) but got going late to be beaten just a head by Lady Of Harrods.
Waterhouse said Kabayan would be her only Golden Rose runner with Nash Rawiller to ride.
"I don't need anything else," she said.
The Group One Golden Rose (1400m), the first Group One of the Australian racing season, will be the feature race at Rosehill on Saturday but there will also be plenty of attention on the return of champion mare More Joyous when she runs in the Listed Sheraco Stakes (1100m).
More Joyous is being aimed at the $3 million Cox Plate (2040m) and is the second favourite behind her younger stablemate Pierro.
"She's spot-on," Waterhouse said.
"I'm absolutely delighted with her. She's come back bigger and better."
Pierro's next mission is the Bill Stutt Stakes which will familiarise the colt with Moonee Valley where the Cox Plate is run.
Waterhouse said she couldn't be happier with Kabayan after he returned from Melbourne to prepare for the Golden Rose, while Pierro has been "shooting the breeze" and worked in the reverse direction at Randwick on Saturday morning with stablemate Fat Al.
Kabayan is equal second favourite on TAB fixed odds for the Golden Rose at $6.50 alongside All Too Hard with unbeaten filly Nechita favourite at $2.80.
Peter Snowden has Albrecht ($9) and Epaulette ($13) in the Golden Rose with stable jockey Kerrin McEvoy to ride Albrecht.
Anthony Cummings also has two colts in contention with Your Song ($9) and Ninth Legion ($13).
Christian Reith has the ride on Nechita and the filly's trainer John Thompson can't wait for the race.
"I'm very happy with her. She's working very well and it can't come soon enough," Thompson said.