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Pedigree To Aid Sacred Elixir In Derby Bid
Tony Pike believes he has the number one contender for Saturday's $1.5 million Gr1 Victoria Derby (2500m) and he got the barrier draw to match with Sacred Elixir to jump from the ace draw, reports NZ Racing Desk. "The draw wasn't so much of a concern over 2500 metres, we had thought five or six would have been ideal so we're in a bit closer," Pike said. Pike is putting his faith in Sacred Elixir's staying pedigree to get the son of English Derby winner Pour Moi home in Saturday's blue riband classic. "He was very strong on the line last Saturday and with that good Kiwi pedigree behind him I expect that again, hopefully he'll be too big and too strong," he said. 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.