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Party time for Pike at Ruakaka

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike is heading north to Ruakaka on Saturday with seven runners and rates Sacred Party as his best chance. The Excelebration three-year-old will line-up in the Remembering Ila Johnson (Grandma J) (1600m) and Pike believes improved racing manners...

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2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling

    In 2018, RAFFLES will offer two well-bred yearlings at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale under the care of BHIMA – a filly (Lot 487) by leading second crop sire ALL TOO HARD, the Champion three-year-old of his generation on the racetrack and a colt by...

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DEBUT WINNER FOR THE MACALLAN

  THE MACALLAN, a three-year-old gelding by ROCK ‘N’ POP who RAFFLES own a share in, made his debut at the end of October off the back of a few handy trial performances. Starting as the race favourite, the Tony Pike trained runner was slightly slow away on the...

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FIRMER GROUND MORE TO SACRED EMPIRE’S LIKING

  At his fourth run this time in, Tony Pike’s five-year-old gelding SACRED EMPIRE appreciate the firmer ground over the 1800m to record an impressive three length win at Riccarton Park. Starting the race favourite due to his consistent recent form, the...

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FOURTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY FOR SACRED MISSILE

  Having not started for two months, SACRED MISSILE resumed from a break to record his fourth victory in a row, highlighting himself as one of Macau’s most promising up and coming gallopers. Although jumping slightly awkwardly out of the barriers, SACRED MISSILE...

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Sacred Rebel scores on debut at Te Rapa

With bigger things in mind in the spring, Sacred Rebel’s debut at Te Rapa this afternoon was mission accomplished for Cambridge trainer Tony Pike. A striking chestnut son of Sepoy, Sacred Rebel had shown enough promise in his two trial appearances for Pike to start...

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HK beckons Sacred Elixir

Group I winner Sacred Elixir has entered quarantine for Hong Kong. "He's going with a view to running in the Derby there and that was always the plan," Cambridge trainer Tony Pike said. "Depending how he goes, he'll stay or he could come back here." Sacred Elixir was...

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Sacred Man Lands The Macau Derby

The Joe Lau-trained Sacred Man (4 g Fastnet Rock - Love and Kisses by Encosta de Lago) ran out an emphatic winner of the Macau Derby (MAC Gr 1, 1800m) after being given a fine ride by jockey Zac Purton. The four-year-old gelding was always up with pace and as they...

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Group One Winner Out of Carnival Contention

Tony Pike has scrapped plans for a return trip to Brisbane for Sacred Elixir. The Cambridge trainer kept the Gr.1 VRC Derby placegetter in work after his courageous run for fifth in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby, but has now ruled out a third classic tilt. "He's not...

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Derby Field Wide Open

The 26th running of the Macau Derby (MAC Gr 1, 1800m) on 20 May is shaping up to be one of the most open in years. With early favorites Hostwin Galaxy (Redoute’s Choice) and Obrigado Mais (Husson) blotting their faultless form in the 4YO Prelude (Listed, 1500m) on 11...

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Elixir to Bypass Guineas

Group One winner Sacred Elixir will not contest the Gr.1 Rosehill Guineas on Saturday week and will head towards the Gr.1 Australian Derby on April 1 without another run. Trainer Tony Pike was pleased with the run of Sacred Elixir when fifth in last Saturday's Gr.1...

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Derby Focus Turns to Sydney

Cambridge three-year-old Sacred Elixir remains in contention for a return to Australia and a third Derby start. Trainer Tony Pike has successfully campaigned the son of Pour Moi in Brisbane and Melbourne and he is now looking at Sydney. The winner of last season's...

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O’BRIEN COLT SCORES FOR SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP

Successful owners Dato Yap and Jeff Dimery look to have another smart galloper by O'Reilly on their hands in the form of impressive Seymour maiden winner Sacred Sham. The three-year-old colt was a comfortable winner over 1000m on debut for Flemington trainer Danny...

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Oaks prelude win justifies Colgan’s trip south

A start in the Group I New Zealand Oaks is not a definite despite Sacred Rhythm's Impressive winning performance at New Plymouth on Saturday. The Tony Pike trained daughter of Pentire franked her last last performance when she finished 12th of 13 runners in a special...

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Sacred Rhythm in positive end to mixed day for Pike

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike celebrated a winning double today as well as the emergence of another potential Group One contender. He was successful with Sin To Win in the Macular Degeneration NZ 1600 at Ellerslie where he was also delighted with Sacred Way’s...

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Pike can repeat big double

Split Enz told us that history never repeats but that theory might be tested at Ellerslie on Saturday. Cambridge trainer Tony Pike won both the Avondale Guineas and Avondale Cup a year ago and has a real chance to repeat the group 2 double this weekend. Pike, who was...

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NZ DERBY HOPE IN BETTER SHAPE

With the benefit of a first-up fourth in the Listed Karaka Mile, Sacred Elixir is expected to be more competitive on his return to Ellerslie this weekend. "He will be a lot more forward on Saturday," the Cambridge trainer said. "He's going to improve again with...

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