Gear change for Sacred Elixir

Sacred Elixir is likely to have the blinkers removed for his next run. (Photo: Grant Peters).

Sacred Elixir is likely to have the blinkers removed for his next run. (Photo: Grant Peters).

The blinkers may come off Sacred Elixir in his final lead-up to the Gr.1 VRC Derby.

The Tony Pike-trained three-year-old raced keenly when unplaced in last Saturday’s Gr.1 Caulfield Guineas, prompting the possible change for the Gr.2 AAMI Vase at Moonee Valley on Saturday week.

“A couple of things went against him,” said jockey Damien Lane. “He travelled a touch keen and they sprinted really hard on the bend and he got a bit unbalanced. But all in all, he’s probably looking for a touch further now.”

After winning the Caulfield Guineas Prelude in fine style, Sacred Elixir wound up eighth, two and three-quarter lengths behind the winner, Divine Prophet, in last Saturday’s Caulfield Guineas.