Sacred Star roared back to the form that saw him competitive at the highest level in Australia by dominating his rivals in the Telegraph Handicap.
The victory at Trentham in the NZ$250,000 race was his first at Group 1 level and a performance that suggests he could return across the Tasman in the autumn.
Tony Pike’s son of Flying Spur was win less in three runs when stretched to 2000m during the early spring of 2014 but was a class above first-up as he raced away to win by four lengths.
“I was confident we had him back in good shape but it’s not an easy race first-up so we didn’t quite know how things would go,” Pike told Trackside in New Zealand.
“But we knew he was well up to this level after his runs in Brisbane. Not a lot of New Zealand horses can be competitive in races like the Stradbroke.”
Sacred Star won the Group 2 QTC Cup at Eagle Farm fresh during the winter of 2014 before a credible fifth in the Stradbroke Handicap.
It is expected that Sacred Star would progress towards the Waikato Sprint at Te Rapa in February.
Sacred Star was purchased by Mulcaster Bloodstock at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale for $200,000 in 2011.