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Raffles Have another Star in the Making

November 4, 2013

The familiar Raffles Thoroughbred Racing colours were to the fore again on Saturday when promising middle distance prospect Sacred Star (Flying Spur) resumed from an enforced injury break in fine style with a resounding victory at Tauranga in the Stewart Browne Group 1400. Unsighted since finishing well down the track behind Castlzeberg (NZ) (Castledale) in the Gr. 2 Waikato Guineas in February, Sacred Star finished powerfully in the hands of Leith Innes to score easing down by two and three quarter lengths in the smart time of 1m.21.4s for the 1400 metre journey.

Prepared by Chris Waller in Sydney for two victories in his early career, Sacred Star had returned to the Tony Pike & Mark Donoghue operation for his New Zealand three-year-old campaign but failed to reach his undoubted potential in three starts for the stable.
“He had disappointed us by failing to finish off like we knew he could in those three runs but it wasn’t until he developed some filling in his fetlock after the Waikato Guineas that we discovered he had a chip there that needed to be removed,” explained Raffles Farm Manager Bruce Sherwin. “He came through the surgery well and we have brought him along slowly this time in so it was really satisfying to see him perform like that first up, especially when you see what time they ran and how easily he finished it off. “Tony reported he has come through the run beautifully so we will work out a programme to take him through the grades in his next few starts.”

Sherwin is eagerly looking forward to the weekend where Raffles Racing prospects will contest Group One events on both sides of the Tasman. Gr. 2 Wellington Guineas winner Sacred Park (NZ) (Thorn Park) will start as one of the favourites in the Sothys 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton while last year’s 2000 Guineas winner Sacred Falls (NZ) (O’Reilly) will take on the best milers in Australasia in the Aus $1m Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.

“Sacred Park has thrived since his Trentham win and will be a good prospect on Saturday while Sacred Falls looks like he is back to his best so he has to be a chance if he can reproduce his Doncaster Handicap form from earlier this year” he said.
Before then summer Cups prospect More Than Sacred (More Than Ready) will be looking to atone for a desperately unlucky run at her last start when she contests the opening event on Ellerslie’s Melbourne Cup raceday programme on Tuesday.

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