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Distance Key For Sacred Elixir

Tuesday, 7th June 2016

Trainer Tony Pike says that talented Kiwi juvenile Sacred Elixir (Pour Moi-Baltika, by Stravinsky) is thriving in Queensland and will find the mile of Saturday's Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes at Eagle Farm made to order, reports NZ Racing Desk. The son of English Derby winner Pour Moi followed his first-up win at the Sunshine Coast with a fast-finishing sixth in the Gr2 Sires' Produce Stakes at Doomben last start. "He was definitely looking for further than the 1350m, but from that wide gate we had no option but to go back," Pike said. "He was really hitting the line strongly in the final stages so once he gets to Eagle Farm over a mile he's going to prove very hard to beat." Hong Kong-based jockey Zac Purton retains the ride on Sacred Elixir. Bred by Graham De Gruchy, Sacred Elixir is the first foal out of the Stravinsky mare Baltika, a granddaughter of De Gruchy's champion New Zealand mare Horlicks. A 6-time Gr1 winner, Horlicks etched her name into the history books when she became the first Australasian-trained horse to win the Japan Cup in 1989 (in world record time). This is also the family of star sprinter and successful sire General Nediym, Australian Derby & BMW winner Fiumicino, Melbourne Cup winner Brew, and Gr1 Canterbury Guineas winner Interstellar.

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