Sacred Star will be given another opportunity in the rich Stradbroke Handicap after recording another Group 1 victory in New Zealand.
Following a dominant first-up win in the Telegraph at Trentham, Sacred Star proved his prowess with ease to take out the Waikato Sprint at Te Rapa.
The five-year-old son of Flying Spur staved off the late run of Natuzzi to win by a length and a quarter with Spin Doctor third.
“It’s hard to line up New Zealand and Australian sprint form but he was very competitive in Brisbane last year,” said trainer Tony Pike.
“And the Stradbroke is worth $2 million this year.”
Sacred Star is not expected to race again in New Zealand this season, earning a short rest before potentially having a run in Brisbane prior to the Stradbroke, which is run at Doomben (1350m) on May 23.
Victory in the Waikato Sprint improved Sacred Star’s record to eight wins from 23 starts and his earnings past $650,000.
Sacred Star finished fifth in the Stradbroke Handicap in 2014 after winning the QTC Cup at Group 2 level.