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Wins boost Cancer Society coffers

September 2, 2015

Congratulations to all the connections of Sacred Master – winner of the Westbury Stud 2000 at Hastings over the weekend.


The Cancer Society’s coffers were boosted by $2,000 a time when Sacred Master and The Bold One both lived up to their favourite’s tags with easy wins in their respective events at Hastings today.

As part of the Daffodil Race fund-raising efforts, the TAB committed to a $1,000 donation for any of the designated horses whose jockeys wore the Cancer Society colours to victory.

The first to do so was promising four-year-old Sacred Master in the second race and The Bold One followed up two races later with an impressive return to racing. The bonus in each case was that the connections of both horses had pledged to match the TAB donation should they win.

Sacred Master got with the occasion in convincing style in the Westbury Club 2000, striding home wide out for Leith Innes in the manner of a young stayer going places.

At the line the Raffles Dancers-owned Mastercraftsman gelding had put two lengths on his opposition, who were headed by Earl’s Court and Sarabi.

“I really like this horse,” said trainer Tony Pike. “He’s a progressive sort that still needs time but he’ll just keep getting better as he goes.”

Innes shared those sentiments, describing the bay as having the potential to be “a good horse in time”, and he was equally effusive two races later after he had guided The Bold One to an easy win in the El Roca Sprint.

“He’s going to be even better when he gets to open grade,” he told trainer Allan Sharrock. “He was just playing with them out there and he’s going to love it when he’s in a race with more pressure on.”

The Bold One, a five-year-old by Fastnet Rock from former class racemare The Jewel and now the winner of four of his eight starts, has always had big raps on him but had to undergo a wind operation at the end of his last preparation.

Sharrock was relieved when Innes stated that he could not any untoward noise when the big bay lengthened up the straight, but is more likely to stick to sprint racing rather than step him up to 1600 metres or more.

“He’s bred to run a mile and further but he’s got a powerful sprint in him too and I’d like to space his races and aim at something like the Telegraph.”

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