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Sacred Elixir Primed For Derby

Friday, 28th October 2016

Trainer Tony Pike is growing in confidence about the prospects of race favourite Sacred Elixir in tomorrow's Gr1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington. Sacred Elixir, who has drawn barrier one for the $1.5 million blue riband classic, is bidding to join Tarzino, Preferment, Sangster, Lion Tamer, Monaco Consul, Kibbutz, and Efficient, as the 8th New Zealand bred horse to win the Derby in the last ten years. "I'm quite happy with it [barrier one]," Pike told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "He's a horse that needs cover to relax so it's a lot better than drawing 16 or 18 put it that way." Pike said the Victoria Derby has been Sacred Elixir's primary target ever since he won the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) during the Brisbane winter carnival in June. "I couldn't be happier with the horse," he said. "He's in form, his coat looks fantastic, he's peaking at the right time and we've always thought he was a Derby horse. I really can't fault the horse heading into Saturday." 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.

Sacred Elixir

Dominant Gr1 Victoria Derby favourite Sacred Elixir
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