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Sacred Star To Bounce Back To Full Fitness
Trainer Tony Pike says he is confident that top Kiwi sprinter Sacred Star (Flying Spur-Irish Nova, by O'Reilly) will fit for Saturday week's Gr1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) in Brisbane, reports horseracing.com.au. The 5YO Flying Spur gelding, who landed the Gr1 sprint double of the Waikato Sprint and Telegraph Handicap earlier this year, was scheduled to return in last weekend's Gr1 BTC Cup but was a late scratching after he was found to be lame just hours before the race. "It is the first time that it has happened to me," Pike told Sky's Racing HQ. "We worked him in the morning and he was 100 percent good as gold and he went to walk out of the box to head over to the course on Saturday and unfortunately he walked out lame." He added, "It looks like a stone bruise and we have almost got on top of it now and he is 95 percent sound this morning when he went for a trot and canter around the dirt at Eagle Farm. I'd say by the end of the week we should be able to start galloping him. We are pretty confident that we have got him back on track." The Dato Yap San Kim-raced galloper finished fifth in the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap at last year's winter carnival, and Pike is hoping he can go one better in the $2 million feature this year.