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Sacred Star Wins Gr3 Darley Plate
At Ellerslie in New Zealand, retired Arrowfield Stud stallion & former Australian Champion Sire Flying Spur (Danehill-Rolls, by Mr Prospector) added a Group success when 6YO gelding Sacred Star (Flying Spur-Irish Nova, by O'Reilly) scored by 0.5-length for trainer Tony Pike in the $100,000 Gr3 Darley Plate (1200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO mare Red Striker (Red Giant-Megara, by Encosta de Lago) & 8YO gelding Durham Town (Falkirk-Durham Walk, by Marju). Sacred Star who took his record to 9 wins (including the Gr1 NRM Sprint, Gr1 Telegraph & Gr2 QTC Cup) and 2 placings (including the Gr1 Waikato Sprint & Gr1 Thorndon Mile) from 29 starts for NZ$683,155 earnings. The Raffles Racing-owned Sacred Star was a $90,000 purchase at the 2010 Magic Millions Weanling Sale before being subsequently purchased by Guy Mulcaster Bloodstock for $200,000 at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Attunga Stud.