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Guineas Win To Sacred Falls

November 13, 2012

Sacred Falls (NZ) (O’Reilly) yesterday fulfilled his destiny at Riccarton when he triumphed in the Group One Sothys New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas.
With success in the classic, the handsome colt stretched his unbeaten run to six for Cambridge trainers Tony Pike and Mark Donoghue and owner Dato Yap Kim San, who races the three-year-old under his Raffles Dancers banner with his bloodstock manager Bruce Sherwin.
“He’s always had the temperament and ability to be a top liner,” Pike said. “He just finds a way to win races.”
To keep his perfect record intact, Sacred Falls certainly had to find a way yesterday after the filly Oasis Rose (Oasis Dream) headed him in the straight. Digging deepest, the colt rallied for a half-head winning margin.
“There’s a huge amount of relief for us and the filly ran enormously well,” Pike said. “Leith rode him like he was the best horse and got him out and going early. He had a real fight on his hands, but he’s a very good horse.”
The winner of his only two starts at two, Sacred Falls this season claimed the Listed Challenge Stakes at Ruakaka before a scintillating victory in the Group Two Hawke’s Bay Guineas after slipping at the start. He completed his Two Thousand Guineas preparation with victory in the Listed Sarten Memorial at Te Rapa.
Sacred Falls will now be sent for a deserved spell with thoughts of an overseas campaign on his return.
“He’ll go for a good break for probably six weeks and then we’ll sit down with the owner and maybe look at Sydney over Easter,” Pike said.
Sacred Falls settled in the last trio early before Innes improved wide to have the leaders within his sights on straightening. The colt fought tooth and nail to down Oasis Rose with last season’s champion juvenile Warhorse (NZ) (General Nediym) a game third. Canny Franco (Canny Lad) was the first southerner home in fourth spot.
“He wasn’t really travelling for the first two or three hundred metres and Mark’s horse put a head on me in the straight,” Innes said. “My horse lifted the last bit and he’s still playing a bit of a game with them and really knuckled down to it in the last fifty metres.”

Photo and story: NZ Thoroughbred News