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Cox Plate in the mix for Kiwi star

Rising three year old Sacred Elixir could earn himself a crack at the best weight for age performers in Australasia, in the spring.

Cambridge trainer, Tony Pike, hasn’t ruled out the Group1 winner taking on the older horses if his form warranted it.

“He will kick off in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude on September 24, that’s obviously a nice race to get him ready for the Caulfield Guineas, “the Cambridge trainer said.

“Then we will decide what path we take to the V R C Derby, or if he was to be really dominant in the Caulfield Guineas we could consider the Cox Plate, it will just depend how he is going.”

Pike will have to decide on a replacement jockey for Sacred Elixir as Zac Purton, who won the Group1 J J Atkins on the Pour Moi gelding will be unavailable.

“Unfortunately Zac will be tied up in Hong Kong and can’t ride Sacred Elixir in the Caulfield Guineas, “Pike said.

‘’There’ nothing set in stone yet, it’s still a fair way away, we’ll sort out a rider closer to the event,” he added.

Pike confirmed that Sacred Elixir would remain in his care until at least to the end of the next season.

“He is part owned in Hong Kong and whether he heads up there at the end of his three year old year, we’ll just have to wait and see, “he said.

“If he keeps putting his hand up, there is plenty of money available for him in Australia over the next couple of seasons,” he added.

Sacred Elixir hasn’t raced since his commanding victory at Eagle Farm in June, and along with his Group1 Queensland winning stablemate Provocative and the Group 1 New Zealand Derby Rangipo, have remained in Australia after their winter campaign.

“They all spelled for three weeks and they’ve been back in work for three weeks now, at this stage they will fly down to Melbourne on August 11,”said Pike.

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