Kiwi Stayer Sacred Master Preparing for Metropolitan at Randwick in October
The idea is that if anyone can get an Australian Group 1 win out of Sacred Master, it will be Chris Waller.
Toward that end, Sacred Master is transferring from New Zealand, where he runs for Tony Pike, to the Waller operation, with an eye toward getting the four-year-old gelding a Group 1 win or two over the course of the next season or two.
Modern thoroughbreds do not have anything like the workloads of their predecessors, but then again, stayers are not as popular as they once were. Sacred Master has two seasons of racing on his racing resume and has run just 14 times. He has done most of his racing at Ellerslie, the most recent producing a third place finish in the Group 1 Auckland Cup over 3200 metres.
When he moved into Waller’s stables in June, he finished fourth in a 1050 m barrier trial at Randwick on 15 July, a distance probably not long enough to convince him that he was being raced.
His six wins in New Zealand span distances of 1600 m to 2400 m.
Pike is still involved with Sacred Master’s preparations and the plan for the moment seems to be the Group 1 Metropolitan, where another inherited Kiwi, Who Shot Thebarman, won the 3200 m feature.