Sacred Master’s next performance will tell Tony Pike if the up and coming stayer is ready for a Group One start.
The Mastercraftsman four-year-old has made impressive progress to this point with five wins from his 11 appearances.
“If he runs well in the Avondale Cup, then we’ll probably roll the dice and run him in the Auckland Cup,” Pike said. “It may be a year too soon for him, but we’ll find out. He’s a very lightly-raced horse and that wasn’t really his race at Matamata, but he got the job done.”
Currently at $11 for the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup in a market headed by Vavasour at $7, Sacred Master was a narrow victor on Saturday and Pike would have been forgiving had he not won.
“There was a bias and they were up on the pace and winning all day,” Pike said. “We had to hook out and go early and he hadn’t run for four weeks. He was quite fresh before the race, so he will improve a ton.”