Stablemates under cloud in Brisbane

Sancerre showed her readiness for the Queensland trip with this win at Te Rapa. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Sancerre showed her readiness for the Queensland trip with this win at Te Rapa. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

The next few days will determine whether or not Tony Pike’s four-member Queensland squad is halved.

Pike is still battling to get Allez Eagle back to full fitness after he pulled up sore when unplaced in the Listed Glasshouse Handicap at Caloundra last Saturday week and Sancerre added to his worries at Doomben last weekend.

“It’s just so frustrating,” said Pike. “You get these runs in racing and you’ve just got to cope. Things just haven’t gone our way so far this time (in Queensland).”

Sancerre picked up two wins in her Queensland stint 12 months ago and was expected to give some cheek first-up in the Gr. 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes last Saturday after leaving New Zealand with a last-start win over Alleyoop at Te Rapa on May 2.

However, after being in the firing line to the home turn she dropped out alarmingly and was eased right up by rider Zac Purton, crossing the line almost 60 lengths behind the winner, Peace Force.

“She started to get the wobbles and Zac pulled her up,” said Pike. “We’ve had blood tests taken and they’ve come back showing her potassium levels are low, suggesting possibly a heart fibrillation or arrhythmia.

“We’ll just see how she does in the next few days before making a decision, but it may be that she goes home without another run.”

Allez Eagle could also be heading home without another start in Brisbane if he doesn’t recover quickly from the bruised heel which surfaced after the Caloundra failure.

“We’re still battling the foot problem with him and at this stage it’s looking as though we won’t get another run into him over here,” said Pike. “It’s become an under-run in the hoof and we’re just hoping we can get him right to maybe give him one run when the carnival is over.”

On a brighter note, Pike was happy with the fresh-up run of Sacred Star for fifth in last Saturday’s Gr. 1 A$750,000 Doomben 10,000. Sacred Star had missed the planned lead-up in the Gr. 1 BTC Cup because of a stone bruise.

“I was really pleased, especially considering the interrupted preparation he had, and having to go 1350 metres first-up at Group One level was tough,” said Pike.

“He needed the run and the check at the 1000 he got didn’t help. He ended up in a worse spot and he did well to finish as close as he did.

“He gets into the Stradbroke with 55 kilos and that’s a good weight for him. And Zac (Purton) will be back to ride him.”

Huka Eagle, the other member of Pike’s Queensland squad, will trial at Deagon next Tuesday as a lead-up to his second Queensland appearance, in a A$50,000 three-year-old race over 1300 metres at Caloundra on June 8. He finished 10th in his Australian debut at Caloundra last Saturday week.

“He got his tongue over the bit last time and he’ll race in a tongue tie and blinkers,” said Pike.