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November 4, 2013

Tony Pike and Mark Donoghue yesterday bagged the first leg of an important three-year-old double when Sacred Park (NZ) (Thorn Park) continued on his winning way in the Group Two Buffalo Man Wellington
Guineas at Trentham. Now that the tough colt has delivered on his immediate assignment, the Cambridge training partners will turn their
focus to Allez Eagle (NZ) (Guillotine), who takes on a hot lineup
in tomorrow’s Group Three Sarten Memorial at Te Rapa. “That’s going to be a cracking race,” Pike said. “It will be very interesting.”
Both three-year-olds are on their way to Riccarton for the Group One Two Thousand Guineas and Sacred Park will be ideally suited to the course and distance. “He’s a big, lazy colt and he only does what he has to do,” Pike said. “A big track like Riccarton will suit him – he’s a longstriding horse and will definitely get a trip.”

Sacred Park had won two of his three previous starts and
in between had placed at Taupo in his first appearance this
preparation. “He changed legs there and got unbalanced, but to be fair
he did need the run and hadn’t had a barrier trial,” Pike said.
Sacred Park made the running at Trentham and was headed 200 metres from home by the filly Role Model (NZ) (Bel Danoro), but he responded to rider Rory Hutchings’ urging to come back strongly for a neck victory. “He’s a very tough horse and I thought Mark Du Plessis
was going to run straight past me, but he showed a lot of
fight,” said Hutchings, who on Friday returned from an injuryforced
spell after breaking his wrist in a trackwork accident. “The plan was to sit behind them but nothing wanted to come across and he was happy in front.”
Role Model was gallant in defeat, finishing three lengths ahead of outsider Lucky Feather (NZ) (Darci Brahma), who narrowly headed off Lord Turbo (NZ) (Perfectly Ready). The lightly raced Percy (NZ) (Sir Percy) was another 1½ lengths away and will now be given a break and return for a New Zealand Derby preparation.

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