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Pike takes sunny outlook on oversight
15 May 2015 | By NZ Racing Desk

Tony Pike will seek to curb the damage when he sends a strong trans-Tasman team into battle on Saturday.

The Cambridge trainer was still kicking himself late this week after an oversight saw him miss entering Sacred Star for Saturday week's $A750,000 Gr.1 Doomben 10,000, meaning a $A22,500 late entry free needs to be made for the dual Group One-winning sprinter.

"It was an expensive lesson. Hopefully I can win something in the next few weeks to make up for it," he said.

With the quality of his runners entered for the Sunshine Coast and Te Rapa on Saturday, there's a fair chance of that happening.

Pike has Allez Eagle engaged in the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1300m) with Tim Bell booked to ride.

Guillotine four-year-old gelding Allez Eagle has won seven of his 14 starts and finished fourth last start in the Gr.1 Easter Handicap at Ellerslie.

"Tim galloped him on Tuesday morning at Doomben and he worked sensationally," Pike said.

"Tim gave him a bit of a rap and said 'gee, he can gallop'. He's drawn well in barrier eight and it looks a race that's winnable for him."

Damian Browne will ride Huka Eagle in the 1000m three-year-old race on the undercard with Pike expecting a far better result than the Swiss Ace gelding's 11th placing in the Gold Coast Guineas last start.

"He just raced too fresh and got far too keen," Pike said.

"He's settled in a lot better and his work this week has been good. He's drawn a good gate [barrier five] and it's a decent drop back in class. At his best, he should be able to win that race."

Closer to home, Pike will produce Kelly O'Reilly, Hollywood Lad and Steadfast at Te Rapa, though the latter would only start on suitable track conditions.