Brisbane beckons Sacred Shot

Sacred Shot (Leith Innes) drawing clear to record an impressive staying win at Ellerslie .

Sacred Shot (Leith Innes) drawing clear to record an impressive staying win at Ellerslie .

The Queensland winter carnival is in the mix for the exciting staying prospect Sacred Shot.

The Cambridge four-year-old has made rapid progress under trainer Tony Pike’s guidance and connections are keen for him to cross the Tasman later this year.

“We’d like to get his prize money up a bit more and his rating and then maybe take him to Brisbane for some of the better staying races,” said Pike.

A son of Savabeel, Sacred Shot finished runner-up in his three-year-old debut before he was side-lined by injury.

He quickly showed he was worth waiting for when, nearly a year later, he again finished second on his return before reeling off impressive back-to-back wins at Ellerslie.

Pike had no hesitation in lining Sacred Shot up in an open handicap in his fifth start and his faith in the gelding was repaid with a solid run for second behind his stakes-winning stablemate Chenille in the Karaka Stayers’ Cup.

“He’s a very progressive horse and he had a fortnight off after that,” he said.

“He’ll probably kick off in a Rating 85 mile, again at Ellerslie, during the Auckland Cup carnival. He’s really strengthened now as a four-year-old. He’s got a bright future.”

Meanwhile, last season’s Listed Hawke’s Bay Cup winner Chenille will have another opportunity to add to her silverware when runs in Saturday’s Gr.2 Go Racing Syndications Avondale Cup.

“She’ll run there and then on to the Auckland Cup,” said Pike. “We had a bad spring and she had a lot of little niggles.

“She’s the best now that we’ve had her all season and she’s bounced through her last win in fantastic order.”

– NZ Racing Desk.