Sacred Master joins Waller

Michael McNab urging Sacred Master to victory in the Avondale Cup.

Michael McNab urging Sacred Master to victory in the Avondale Cup.

Prominent Cambridge stayer Sacred Master has joined Chris Waller’s powerful Sydney operation for a crack at a spring major event.

The rising five-year-old Sacred Master has crossed the Tasman after making outstanding progress under the guidance of Tony Pike during his last preparation.

“We really want to have a crack at the Metropolitan with him and that comes up pretty early,” said Pike.

“He went over a few weeks ago and I couldn’t be in three places at once with horses in Brisbane and at home. We’ve always had a very good association with Chris so it made sense.”

The son of Mastercraftsman made rapid improvement during his last preparation. Following his maiden success in August he stepped up to premier company to win on two of the three days during the Hawke’s Bay spring carnival.

Sacred Master subsequently finished sixth in the Dunstan Feeds Final before a Rating 85 win preceded his defeat of King Kamada and Farm Boy in the Gr. 2 Avondale Cup. An outstanding campaign was then topped off by his third placing in the Gr. 1 Auckland Cup.

“He’s come up brilliantly again after coming such a long way last preparation,” said Pike.

Sacred Master made an appearance at the Randwick trials last week and he finished a bold fourth over 1050 metres under Rory Hutchings.

– NZ Racing Desk.