More Than Sacred enjoying well-earned spell

Cambridge mare More Than Sacred won’t be getting to Australia this season, but she could be seen in Melbourne next spring.

Co-trainer Tony Pike confirmed this week he would consider the Melbourne trip for the talented stayer if she comes up as well again next campaign.

“We’ve decided to spell her now,” said Pike. “She’s been up since the Hawke’s Bay meeting (last October) and she did a lot. She deserves a spell.

“Next season we may look at Melbourne in the spring. Time will tell whether she is up to the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, but there are some nice country cups over there that would suit her.”

More Than Sacred stamped her class 12 months ago when winning the Gr. 1 Wellfield NZ Oaks after taking the Gr. 3 McKee Family Sunline Vase at Ellerslie. It’s the same double stablemate Rock Diva will be attempting this weekend.

More Than Sacred recaptured her best form with a double this season, culminating in a strong win in the Gr. 3 Waikato Times Gold Cup (2400m). She then finished fourth in the Gr. 2 Scot Thrust City Of Auckland Cup, eighth in the Gr. 2 Platinum Homes Wellington Cup and seventh in the Gr. 2 Go Racing Syndications Avondale Cup.

She ended her current campaign with a big finish for third behind Who Shot Thebarman in the Gr. 1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup last Wednesday week.

“It was an enormous run in the Auckland Cup,” said Pike. “She had no luck at all and kept getting shuffled back. It was just the way the race was run.”

More Than Sacred was attempting to round off a huge day for the Pike – Donoghue stable when tackling the Auckland Cup. Stablemates Rock Diva and Chintz had won earlier in the day.

Chintz, winner of the Gr. 3 Westbury Classic, is on target to run on Saturday week in the Gr. 2 Windsor Park Japan Trophy at Tauranga.

“She pulled up really well from Ellerslie and if she goes well at Tauranga we’ll press on for the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha,” said Pike.