Tony Pike pays up to ensure Sacred Star stays in frame for Doomben 10,000   Leave a comment

Tony Pike pays up to ensure Sacred Star stays in frame for Doomben 10,000

Sacred Star is back on track for the Doomben 10,000. Picture: Jono Searle

Sacred Star is back on track for the Doomben 10,000. Picture: Jono Searle Source: News Corp Australia

NEW Zealand trainer Tony Pike has emerged from a week from hell convinced luck can only go one way for his team’s Brisbane fortunes.

After Sacred Star’s scratching from last Saturday’s BTC Cup, Pike returned to New Zealand on Sunday where he had an early start at the races on Wednesday and overlooked the deadline for the first round of Doomben 10,000 acceptances.

He now has to lodge a $22,500 late entry fee to get Sacred Star into the $750,000 sprint on Saturday week.

“It was my balls-up, so I will pay the difference between that and the acceptance fees, which I think works out to be around $15,000,” Pike said. “I just hope I win a decent race over the next few weeks to pay for it.

“It’s just been beautiful this week. You would hope it can only get better from here. If I can get one to the races it would be a start.”

Pike said Sacred Star strode out nicely in his work on Wednesday and was showing no signs of the bruised heel which kept him out of the BTC Cup.

Pike’s first chance to start salvaging his Queensland mission comes at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday with Allez Eagle (Glasshouse) and Huka Eagle (3yo 1000m).

“Both of them look well placed,” he said. “Huka Eagle is way down in grade and has settled in a lot better now. He won’t race as fiercely this time and should be hard to beat.

“Allez Eagle is a pretty serious horse on his day and is drawn perfectly.”

Originally published as Pike pays price for oversight

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Posted May 14, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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