Sacred Star Ensures Heavenly End To Day

Tony Pike had no luck in Saturday’s Gr.1 Queensland Oaks, but his day ended on a top note when Sacred Star won the Gr.2 QTC Cup.

The Cambridge trainer had both Rock Diva and Sancerre in the fillies’ classic with the former faring best with her late run for fourth.

The Lucky Unicorn three-year-old had to go back from the outside gate and put up a strong performance to finish as close as she did.

However, the heavily-backed Sacred Star gained a good degree of compensation when he was a first-up winner and booked his spot in the Gr.1 Stradbroke Handicap.

“It was good to get that one out of the way and he travelled a bit keenly and was closer than he normally is,” Pike said.

“The faster they go the better it is for him so we’ll roll the dice and have a crack at the Stradbroke.”

Raced by Raffles Farm, Sacred Star was the subject of strong support after he had beaten the speedster Adebisi in a lead-up Doomben barrier trial.

He hadn’t raced since his runner-up finish in the Gr.1 NRM Sprint that followed a bold third in the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile.

Sacred Star jumped well at Eagle Farm to settle behind the leaders and he proved too good in the straight under in-form rider Tim Bell.

“He had a lovely run in transit and full credit to the horse, he ran right through the line,” he said.

“It was as good  a win as any and he probably got there a bit too soon.”

An Australian-bred son of Flying Spur, Sacred Star has an impressive winning ratio with six victories from his 17 career starts.