Sacred Elixir Trainer Tony Pike Elated by Caulfield Prelude Win
An unexpected, but pleasant outcome was tonic for the psyche of New Zealand-based trainer Tony Pike when he ran his three-year-old colt Sacred Elixir in the 1400 m Group 2 Caulfield Guineas Prelude and took the race despite the fact that Sacred Elixir was making his Caulfield racecourse debut, along with his debut race of the season.
Sacred Elixir has not run since June, when he showed impressive two-year-old ability over 1,600 m at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm when he easily won the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (T. J. Smith Stakes).
Pike, along with seeing Sacred Elixir exceed his expectations, had praise for jockey Damian Lane, describing Lane’s efforts as “A peach of a ride.”
Pike plans to run Sacred Elixir next in the Caulfield Guineas in early October. The increase in distance of 200 m from the Prelude to the Guineas is not a concern, as June’s win at Eagle Farm demonstrates.
Sacred Elixir has a bona fide staying pedigree, not uncommon for Kiwi thoroughbreds, although other than his dam, Baltika, it requires looking back a few generations to find blood other than U.S. and European, but those lines do include some impressive ancestors, such as Stravinsky (U.S.) and Northern Dancer (CAN), not to mention New Zealand’s Zabeel.