Sacred Star will attempt to create history by becoming the first horse to win the QTC Cup-Stradbroke Handicap double after an impressive first-up win at Eagle Farm.
The Tony Pike trained son of Flying Spur, purchased by Mulcaster Bloodstock as a yearling for $200,000 at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, surged to $10 in betting for the $1.36 million Stradbroke following his Group 2 win in the QTC Cup.
Ridden by jockey Tim Bell, Sacred Star fought strongly at the finish to hold off Masthead and Bennetta, his first run in 16 weeks and a performance that suggests he will improve next Saturday.
“If they go hard up front he’ll be suited because he’s a horse who is better having the last crack at them,” Pike said.
“The Stradbroke is the race we’re here for so we’ll roll the dice.”
Sacred Star drops to 52.5kg in the Stradbroke after carrying 54.5kg in the QTC Cup.
“Even though that trial was very good, I was that confident on his form alone,” said jockey Tim Bell.
“Today he had such a lovely run in transit, a gem of a ride, and he was probably a little bit closer than anticipated, but when you draw a good gate and they bounce why drag them back.
“That was as good a win as any.”