Sacred Star has seized an incredibly victory in the 2014 Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm Racecourse today. In a race full of excitement, the talented gelding trained by Tony Pike was able to keep ahead of a very solid field to take out the $175,000 sprint.
Chris Waller-trained Masthead, partnered with Glen Boss, secured second place ahead of Bennetta in third.
There was some trouble before the race as Phelan Ready displayed some serious hesitation at entering the barriers. After considerable effort he was declared a late scratching and proceedings continued.
Immediately out of the barrier the jostling began, as favourite Hot Snitzel picked a spot near the lead and endeavoured to stay there. Belltone under Chris Munce was close behind, with Sacred Star not far off.
Alma’s Fury settled in about four off the lead and held that position even as Hot Snitzel fell back and threatened to block the inside path.
Behind the forerunners were Gerald Ryan‘s popular sprinter Dances On Stars and George Moore Stakes winner Lucky Hussler. Mishani Stealth was way off the lead, with Craig Newitt conserving the gelding and hoping for a break.
Alma’s Fury continued to put in a strong performance as the field came into the straight. Jockey Timothy Bell took Sacred Star out wide as he prepared for the home swoop. Dances On Stars looked to be gaining ground on the leaders but jockey Brenton Avdulla may have made his move too early. Bennetta and Sacred Star duelled on the outside while Architect made a face-saving attempt at a late move up the field.
In the end though, Masthead’s thrilling push up the field was enough to secure second place, while Sacred Star took out a deserved first and Bennetta came through into third.
Following the race, jockey Timothy Bell said of Sacred Star that he gave a “gem of a ride” and reflected that it was “such a run”. The race was Timothy Bell’s third win for the day, following his success on Tinto in the Queensland Oaks and on Sir Moments in the Queensland Guineas.
Tony Pike, upon being questioned about next weekend, said “we’ll probably roll the dice and see how he pulls up for Stradbroke.” There is little doubt that we’ll be seeing another great from Sacred Star on June 7th in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.