Champion New Zealand 2YO Sacred Elixir (NZ) (Pour Moi) has made an immediate impact in Melbourne, winning the Group Three Caulfield Guineas Prelude and his trainer is adamant he will only get better.
Last season’s Group One JJ Atkins Stakes winner in Brisbane, Sacred Elixir resumed in yesterday’s Group Three Caulfield Guineas Prelude and chased down Revolving Door (Sebring) to win by a long neck.
New Zealand trainer Tony Pike considers Sacred Elixir’s win a bonus as he was concerned the 1400 metres was going to be too short in his first try around Caulfield.
“He’s a horse that’s only going to get a lot better once he gets over further,” Pike declared.
“Damian Lane gave him a peach of a ride. He got him out at the right time and gave him plenty of time to wind up into his top gear.
“It was a super result and he’ll only improve from here.
“His main target is the Victoria Derby, that’s what he’s bred to do. So to win over 1400 metres here at Caulfield, it’s a really pleasing effort first-up.
“It’s a bit of a surprise, but he’s got a lot of class on his side which probably helped. And just being fresh today, he travelled super.
” The win stamped Sacred Elixir’s Caulfield Guineas claims, with the 1600 metre Group One in two weeks his next target.
“At least he’s had a look around Caulfield now and the extra 200 metres is only going to help,” Pike said.
Race: MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude Gr.3 1400m
Winner: Sacred Elixir (NZ) 2013
Owners: Raffles Thoroughbred Racing (Mgr: K T Yap)
Trainer: Tony Pike (Cambridge)
Breeding: By Pour Moi (Ire) out of Baltika by Stravinsky (USA)
Breeder: G W de Gruchy
Sales: 2015 National Yearling Sale, Premier Session; V: Wentwood Grange, P: Raffles Racing/Mulcaster Bloodstock; $170,000