No favours for Sacred Elixir this time

Sacred Elixir charging down the outer to grab The Soultaker at Ellerslie in his second start.

Sacred Elixir charging down the outer to grab The Soultaker at Ellerslie in his second start.

Tony Pike will be forgiving if Sacred Elixir loses his unbeaten record in Australia tomorrow.

The Cambridge trainer produced the two-year-old for a first-up triumph in Queensland, but sees   the Gr. 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes in a different light.

“That was a lovely race to have found for him on a big, roomy track at the Sunshine Coast and he’s really thrived since then,” said Pike.

“Saturday isn’t D-Day for him and he’s drawn wide over 1350 metres at Doomben, which isn’t his ideal course.

“He will go back and will be relying on a really strong tempo. If he can get over the top of them and win it would be great, but as long as he is running on strongly we’ll be happy and that will set him up for the Group One.”

Sacred Elixir’s main target is the J.J. Atkins Stakes over 1600 metres at Eagle Farm on June 11, where stablemate Rangipo, who has come through his unplaced run in the Gr. 3 Fred Best Classic well, will run in the Gr. 2 Queensland Guineas.

“They were a bit too sharp for him (Rangipo) over the 1350 and it wasn’t a bad run in a hot field by any means,” said Pike. “The mile will suit him better.”

Pike is also looking forward to a Group One date tomorrow week with Ipswich winner Provocative in the Queensland Oaks. “She’s up to 19th in order of entry so we need one more to pull out,” he said.

Stablemate Sacred Star will also step out at the meeting in the QTC Cup, a Group Two race that will determine his future programme.

“We’ll decide after that whether we press on to the Stradbroke or keep him for a race like the Glasshouse Handicap,” said Pike.

– NZ Racing Desk.