Doncaster Falls to Kiwi

Sacred Falls (NZ) has continued New Zealand’s outstanding run of success at Sydney’s Autumn Carnival with a scintillating victory in the G1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick on Saturday.

Kiwi bred three-year-olds have had a huge last few weeks in Australia with It’s a Dundeel (NZ) winning the Triple Crown, Norzita (NZ) winning the G1 Vinery Stud Stakes, Ferlax (NZ) the G1 Australian Guineas, Shamexpress (NZ) the G1 Newmarket Handicap and now Sacred Falls taking the G1 Doncaster Mile.

Bred, raised, sold and previously trained in New Zealand, Sacred Falls downed some of Australia’s best horses as he came from the back of the field under jockey Tommy Berry to run down the champion colt Pierro and fellow NZ bred and Karaka graduate Norzita (Thorn Park).

The Chris Waller trained son of O’Reilly had three starts in Australia leading into the Doncaster and finished second in the G1 Rosehill Guineas at his last start.  Saturday’s result puts further emphasis around the form of the star Kiwi colt It’s a Dundeel who beat Sacred Falls by almost seven lengths on that occasion.

Sacred Falls was trained by Tony Pike and Mark Donoghue during his racing career in New Zealand where he went unbeaten in six starts including the G1 NZ 2000 Guineas.

Pike was at the track on Saturday and was thrilled with the win.  “It was a very good performance,” said Pike.  “He was an exceptional performer in New Zealand and he has managed to produce that form across the Tasman.

“His preparation did not go to plan early on and he had some setbacks but we knew he was back when he finished second to It’s a Dundeel in the Rosehill Guineas.

“He will stay in Australia and head to the paddock for six weeks before being brought back for spring racing.  We have always believed a mile is his best distance but he also ran well over 2000m in the Guineas so that gives us options.”

Raced by Raffles Thoroughbred Racing, Dato Yap Kim San and Garry Chittick of Waikato Stud, the colt has now won 7 of his 10 starts, two at Group 1 level, for almost NZ$2 million in stakes.

Raffles Thoroughbred Racing has had a highly successful season on the track on both sides of the Tasman as they also race More Than Sacred who won the G1 New Zealand Oaks.

Bred and offered by Waikato Stud, Sacred Falls was purchased by Mulcaster  Bloodstock at NZ Bloodstock’s 2011 Karaka Premier Sale for $160,000.

Sacred Falls has capped off a big season for his sire O’Reilly whose other top performers for the season include Shamexpress, Silent Achiever, Annie Higgins, O’Fille, Mosse, Thy and High Fashion.