Talented Kiwi-based raider Sacred Star has returned to racing in career-best form this year and has reportedly worked exceptionally well in the lead-up to his 2015 Australian racing return in Saturday’s Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben.
Posting eight wins and two minors through her 23 career starts so far, Sacred Star returned for a maiden victory at the highest level in the Group 1 Telegraph Sprint (1200m) on January 17th; repeating the dose in the Group 1 NRM Sprint (1400m) most recently on February 7th.
Having completed a strong piece of work at Doomben on Tuesday morning, trainer Tony Pike cited the Flying Spur gelding’s two Australian performances through the 2014 winter as key in a successful return in Saturday’s 2015 BTC Cup.
“He had a good look at Doomben this morning, his ears pricked on the line and he worked really nicely,” Pike told the Courier Mail.
“He came over here last year with solid form at home in New Zealand but his form is better this year.
“His run in the Stradbroke last year was super and he was one of the few closers in the race.”
Stamping his claims as one to watch over an impressive three start campaign on debut in Australia, under the care of Chris Waller in mid-2012, Sacred Star transferred to New Zealand and Pike’s stable in 2013 but took a preparation to find his feet.
Booking a trip to the 2014 Brisbane Winter Carnival over a standout 2013/14 summer campaign, the gelding out of Irish Nova won his first three starts before placing fifth in the Group 2 Rich Hill Mile (1600m) and in the minors in each of the Group 1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) and NRM Sprint.
Following up a first-up run for success in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) with his fifth place finish in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), Sacred Star is currently rated a generous $13 chance for success in the 2015 BTC Cup with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
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