Sacred Falls exciting 3YO prospect


Cambridge trainers Tony Pike (pictured) and Mark Donoghue have unleashed another exciting three-year-old prospect.

Over the past couple of seasons the long-time friends have been represented by smart gallopers Historian and Carrick, who have both gone on to be placed in the Group I Telecom NZ Derby. Historian was runner-up to Jimmy Choux in the 2011 Ellerslie feature and Carrick was third to Silent Achiever in the same race last March.

The latest youngster with the potential to make his mark as a three-year-old is Sacred Falls, who continued his winning run at Te Rapa yesterday. Sacred Falls, a son of O’Reilly, had impressed in his debut at Ruakaka last month when charging home after a slow getaway to nab victory right on the line over 1000 metres.

The extra 200 metres of the Shaune Ritchie Racing Stables 1200 played right into Sacred Falls’ hands yesterday and he left no excuses for his rivals when clearing out over the final stages to score by three lengths in the hands of Leith Innes.

“I was a little bit concerned about the (slow) track, but he seemed to handle it well,” said Pike. “He couldn’t have been more impressive. He trialled up well and he learnt a lot from his first start.”

Innes was also most impressed by Sacred Falls, who he had ridden in two trials for a third and a win as well as on debut. “He’s really improved since his first win,” said Innes. “He’s a pretty serious racehorse. I’d like to see him on a hard track.”

Pike plans to now put Sacred Falls aside for a spell.

“He’s owned by overseas clients and will go out and be set for the Guineas races as a three-year-old,” he said. “He’s still a little bit soft and has a lot of filling out to do. He should improve into his three-year-old season. I couldn’t ask for more at this stage.”