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Early injury a blessing in disguise for Sacred Master

August 2, 2015

An injury sustained in his second start may prove to be a blessing in disguise for promising staying type Sacred Master, who broke his maiden status at Ruakaka yesterday.

The strapping gelding had won twice at the trials before commencing his career with a third on debut, which had trainer Tony Pike thinking he may have a three-year-old classic contender on his hands if things went to plan.

That idea was soon scuttled when the son of Mastercraftsman severely pulled a muscle when having his second start at Ellerslie in November last year. The injury required plenty of time out in the spelling paddock and resulted in the gelding missing the majority of his three-year-old season.

“It was a fairly wet track that day at Ellerslie and he pulled up very sore in behind,” Pike said. “He pulled a muscle badly and we had to put him aside for a decent break which in hindsight could have been the best thing to happen to him.

“He had shown us plenty at the trials and went well in his first race so I was thinking he might measure up later in the summer to some of the better races.

“He was quite immature though, and that break has done him the world of good as it has allowed him to strengthen up. But he still has a way to go yet.”

Sacred Master made his return to the track at Ruakaka in early July with a storming run for second over 1200 metres which had Pike confident that a winning turn was close at hand.

“He went a super race for second that day after getting into trouble during the run so I did think it wouldn’t be long before he quit maidens,” he said. “He has always appealed as a type that will get over ground so we stepped him up to 1600 metres yesterday, and he did the job nicely despite being a little wayward over the last bit when he was trying to knock off.

“He still has a lot to learn but I can see him developing into a very handy stayer. We will just try and work him through the grades now although his immediate future will be dictated by the weather as he needs a decent track so we won’t run him on anything worse than a dead surface at this stage.”