Gallop to decide Derby fate

Sacred Elixir, who will be on tria for Sydney when he does an exhibition gallop this weekend. (Photo: Darryl Sherer).

Sacred Elixir, who will be on trial for Sydney when he does an exhibition gallop this weekend. (Photo: Darryl Sherer).

Sacred Elixir’s chances of a crack at Saturday week’s A$2 million Gr.1 Australian Derby at Randwick will be decided this weekend.

“He’s going to have an exhibition gallop at Tauranga on Saturday and if I am happy with his work then he will fly out to Sydney on Monday,” said trainer Tony Pike.

Runner-up in the Gr.1 VRC Derby in the spring, Sacred Elixir was a last-start fifth in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby.

“His sectionals were fantastic,” said Pike. “I knew he wasn’t going as well as he was in Brisbane or Melbourne, but in saying that he got back further than I had hoped for.”

NZ Racing Desk