Group One Gold Awaits Sacred Star

Group One gold awaits Sacred Star

High-class Cambridge sprinter-miler Sacred Star will be chasing four Group One titles during his spring and summer campaigns.

The Tony Pike-trained winner of the recent Gr 2 QTC Cup at Eagle Farm will first be aimed at the Hawke’s Bay carnival. “He only had the two runs in Queensland and he came through them really well,” Pike said.

“He’ll most likely run in the first two (Makfi Challenge Stakes, Windsor Park Plate) at Hastings.”  The final leg of the Triple Crown series, the Spring Classic (2000m) has been ruled out for Sacred Star. “I don’t think he’ll stay, but up to a mile he’s pretty versatile,” Pike said.

“We’ll freshen him up after Hawke’s Bay and the plan is to run him in the Railway and the Telegraph and look at Sydney in the autumn.”

Sacred Star ended his two-start Queensland campaign with a top run for fifth from an outside gate in the Gr.1 Stradbroke Handicap. “If he had drawn an alley he would have finished a lot closer,” Pike said. “He’s improved each preparation and seems to be going to another level.”

Meanwhile, Sacred Star’s stablemate Rock Diva has been sent for a long and well-earned break. “She’ll have two or three months off and a light four-year-old year,” Pike said. “She’s come a long way and will be a really nice cups’ horse.”

Rock Diva was also plagued by wide barriers when fourth in both the Gr.1 Queensland Oaks and the Gr.1 Queensland Derby. “She was pretty unlucky in both runs over there and she was given a great ride in the Derby (by Tye Angland) before she ran into all sorts of trouble from the 600,” Pike said.