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Sacred Elixir Acquaints Himself With Valley
Top Kiwi 3YO Sacred Elixir was among 60 horses to gallop during the Breakfast with the Best session at Moonee Valley on Tuesday morning ahead of Saturday's Gr2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m), reports NZ Racing Desk. "He worked over a mile on his own and was really relaxed," trainer Tony Pike said. "It gave him a good look around the track and in front of a mini race day crowd. There would have been between three to four thousand people there. He got a bit lost around the top bend, but he was better on the final turn." Sacred Elixir will be stepping up to a middle distance for the first time on Saturday and he will race without blinkers, after travelling keenly when unplaced in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas. "He doesn't need blinkers," Pike said. "He has only worn them to make him a bit sharper when he was racing over shorter distances. They first went on for the Karaka Million." He added: "He's probably good enough to win the race if he can get around the Valley. But it won't be easy for him and we will be happy as long as he relaxes in the run and hits the line strongly." Sacred Elixir is still on track to run in the Gr1 Victoria Derby at Flemington on 29 October.