Another Sacred Falls on horizon?

Sacred Park had racegoers thinking immediately of dual Group One winner Sacred Falls when he scored an impressive debut win in the Crombie Lockwood Premier at Te Rapa yesterday.

Sacred Falls was originally trained by Tony Pike and Mark Donoghue and raced by Raffles Farm when going through his six-start New Zealand career unbeaten, culminating in victory in the Gr.1 Sothy’s NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton. And since then Sacred Falls has been the Gr.1 Doncaster Handicap winner from the stable of former Kiwi horseman, Chris Waller.

Sacred Park is also raced by Raffles Farm from the Pike-Donoghue stable and his win yesterday came at the corresponding meeting to the debut win by Sacred Falls 12 months earlier. And both horses had similar leadup trials form, Sacred Falls picking up a third and a win at the trials and Sacred Park an unplaced run then a win.

Ridden by Mark Du Plessis, Sacred Park settled off the pace and swept up down the outside to challenge the leaders early in the run home and despite racing greenly he cleared out to score by three and a quarter lengths.

“He’s a lovely type of colt and that was an impressive performance, but he’s perhaps not as natural galloper as Sacred Falls,” said Pike “I’d like to think we’ve got the material to follow the same spring programme as Sacred Falls.”

Sacred Park cost $110,000 at last year’s National Yearling Sales at Karaka and is from the same family as the Australian Derby winner (It’s A) Dundeel. He was the first of two winners on the day for the Pike – Donoghue – Raffles Farm combination as stablemate Foxspur won the Warren Storm Lifebrokers Premier in his second start.

Foxspur, who was also ridden by Du Plessis, got home by a half-length, but the effort suggested there was much more in store for the son of Flying Spur and Group One winner Foxwood.