Promising youngster Sacred Elixir (2g Pour Moi x Baltica, by Stravinksky) will provide astute trainer Tony Pike with an unexpected crack at the Listed Karaka Million.
The youngster confirmed his place in New Zealand’s richest race with a hard-fought victory for the Cambridge trainer in Saturday’s Countdown to Karaka Million 1200 at Ellerslie.
“He’s a big, strong boy and we didn’t think he would come this far as a two-year-old so we’ll roll the dice again,” Pike said.
Narrowly beaten on debut, the Pour Moi gelding raced close to the pace and he wound up powerfully in the straight to collar the favourite The Soultaker on the line.
“I thought he might get out-bobbed again,” said a relieved Pike. “We might put the blinkers on him for the Karaka Million, he’s still a bit green but he was very strong to the line.”
A great grandson of the multiple Group I winner and Japan Cup heroine Horlicks, Sacred Elixir banked $12,000 for his victory to leapfrog from 26th to ninth in order of entry to the Karaka Million.
A $170,000 NZB Premier purchase from the Wentwood Grange draft, Sacred Elixir is the second NZ bred winner for Epsom Derby winner Pour Moi, who shuttled to Windsor Park Stud and is from Stravinsky mare Baltika.