Goals for Group One stars

Cambridge trainers Tony Pike and Mark Donoghue are giving their stable stars Sacred Falls and Waterford  well-earned rests before embarking on attacks on further Group One races.

Sacred Falls, the unbeaten colt who stretched his winning sequence to six in the Group I Sothy’s NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton, is unlikely to be seen on a racetrack again until the late summer.

“He’s having four weeks off now and he deserves it,” said Pike. “There’s a 1200-metre open three-year-old race at Te Rapa in February that he could run in. He’ll get about 60.5kg, but it’s an ideal race to lead into Aussie.”

The Australian plans for Sacred Falls include starts in the Hobartville Stakes, Randwick Guineas and Rosehill Guineas, allowing the horse to step up in distance to test his stamina.

“We’ll take it one step at a time over there and if he does well we’ll go on to the next one,” said Pike.

If Sacred Falls manages the Rosehill Guineas’ trip successfully the logical next step would be the AJC Derby (2400m).

Meanwhile Waterford, who came so desperately close to giving the stable the three-year-old Group One double at Riccarton, has come through her second in the NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas in good shape, according to Pike.

“She’s having three weeks off then we’ll aim at the Eight Carat Classic at Ellerslie,” he said. “Her main aim is the New Zealand Oaks, but that’s not until March so there’s plenty of time.”

Waterford was at surprisingly long odds when tackling the 1000 Guineas and, though she has won only one race, she has been stakes placed in three of her other five starts.