Sacred Falls returns for Raffles Farm

Sacred Falls (NZ) will make his long awaited first public appearance in Australia this Friday when he steps out in a barrier trial at Randwick.

Sacred Falls (3c O’Reilly – Iguazu’s Girl by Redoute’s Choice) hasn’t been seen since his courageous victory in the G1 NZ 2000 Guineas in November.  The Riccarton victory stretched his unbeaten run to six for Raffles Farm owner Dato Yap and bloodstock manager Bruce Sherwin.

The handsome O’Reilly colt was bred and sold by Waikato Stud for $160,000 at NZ Bloodstock’s 2011 Karaka Premier Sale for $160,000.  “It will be great to see him back on the track and Chris Waller is pleased with his progress,” Sherwin said.  “All going well he will kick-off in the Royal Sovereign Stakes at Warwick Farm on February 12 with a view to then running in the Hobartville Stakes on the way to the Randwick Guineas.

Sacred Falls (NZ) heads a Raffles Farm racing arm that has been in white-hot form with 9 winners since New Year’s Day.  Stable filly Sacred Point (Fastnet Rock) was an impressive winner on the Karaka Million support card at Ellerslie on Sunday.

“It was a game win and she has kept on improving with each run,” said Sherwin. “I was a little worried when she settled back in the field but, once in the  clear, she showed a sharp turn of foot.”

The Raffles Farm breeding arm continued the operation’s success on Day 1 of the NZB National yearling sale with a Fastnet Rock filly from Episode that realised $700,000 to the bid Bart Cummings.  The draft also included an O’Reilly colt from Lady Of The House for $310,000 to agent Cameron Cooke and an Encosta de Lago filly from Danalaga for $110,000 to Victorian based Edwards-Elkington Racing.

“Those three results were extremely pleasing and in a lot of ways vindicates a decision we made back in 2009 when we bought half a dozen mares from the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale,” explained Sherwin.  “Episode, Danalaga and Lady Of The House were all part of that package and we had another member in Suitely with a filly selling on Day 2.”

The High Chaparral – Suitely filly that sold for $310,000 from the Curraghmore Stud draft was one of three Raffles Farm owned lots on offer during Day 2 of the Premier Sale.  The others were a colt by High Chaparral out of Ready To Lift ($150,000) from Trelawney Stud and a Northern Meteor colt from Secret Society ($140,000) through Longlands Stud.