Sacred Falls Wins Group One

Boom Cambridge three year old Sacred Falls continued his winning ways at Riccarton last Saturday.
The Tony Pike – Mark Donoghue trained O’Reilly colt justified his inspired support with his most important career victory thus far.
In his sixth race day appearance, Sacred Falls scored a narrow but still impressive win, in the prestigious Group One 2000 Guineas.
After settling near the rear of the field, Sacred Falls improved sharply near the home turn.
“He didn’t really seem that interested in the first couple of hundred metres, and we ended up a lot further back than I thought we would” said rider Leith Innes.
Consequently, the in form jockey had to alter his pre race tactics.
“I had to switch to plan B, and just ride him how the race unfolded after that” said Innes.
Central to the successful implementation of plan B, was to keep Sacred Falls in the clear.
“That’s why I went round the field, I wasn’t taking the risk of getting caught in amongst them” said Innes.
After sweeping to the lead at the 350m, Sacred Falls was hotly persued by Oasis Rose and Warhorse.
Oasis Rose, the only filly in the race, actually put her head in front of Sacred Falls with 200m to go.
“I really had to go for my horse and like the good horse he is, he really dug deep to win” said Innes.
Sacred Falls had a head to spare over Oasis Rose with Warhorse, last season’s champion two year old, a neck away in third spot.
The victory was the first Group One success for his young training partnership.
“This is obviously a special moment for Mark and I, and I suppose it’s a relief he’s vindicated everyone’s faith in him” said Tony Pike.
Pike admitted feeling the pressure in the build up to the race.
“Everyone expected him to win, he was one of the shortest priced favourites to start in the race, so yeah we’re stoked” said Pike.
Adding to the occassion was the on course presence of majority owner Malaysian Dato Yap Kim San.
His NZ bloodstock manager and fellow owner of Sacred Falls, Bruce Sherwin was justifiably thrilled with the win.
“This is the first time Dato Yap has seen this horse race, so to have him here and to get the perfect result is a great thrill” said Sherwin.
The pair are also involved in the ownership of Raffles Farm.
Dato Yap drew further praise and plaudits from the Riccarton on course crowd during the victory presentation.
He told the crowd he would donate two sums of $50,000 to the project to replace the recently demolished Riccarton Member’s Stand, and to the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Fund.
“That gesture just caps off a great occassion for all of us ” Tony Pike reflected later.
Well done Team Sacred Falls !
 
Also well done to local trainer Chris Wood.
Wood saddled up Single Currency to win the feature race at Te Rapa last Saturday.
Single Currency was having just his second run back from a 12 month lay off through injury, when successful in the Timpson Family Trust Sprint over 1200m.
“He’s always been a good horse and it’s great to see him back in the winner’s circle” said Wood.
Single Currency, a son of Oaks Stud stallion Bachelor Duke, was recording his 7th win from only 17 starts.
He took his stake aernings to almost $100,000.
 
Finally congratulations to the other local winners at Te Rapa.
Thunderbird One again created a favourable impression when recording his fourth consecutive, from five starts.
He looks destined for higher honours.
As does Savanah Rush who ground out a tough as teak victory over 2100m.
She could be a definite contender in some of the bigger staying races this summer.
 
I’ll catch you next week.
 
Cheers
 
George