Chris Waller’s smart stallion Sacred Falls put in a nice first official trial at Royal Randwick on Tuesday morning ahead of his historic Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival bid – a third straight Doncaster Mile win.
The O’Reilly five-year-old was last home in the four-starter open trial over 1050m, won by the John Sargent-trained 2013 Crown Oaks winner Kirramosa in 1.03.60 seconds, but jockey Hugh Bowman came back with glowing reviews.
While slow out of the gates, Sacred Falls settled at the back of the field and held his ground down the straight before crossing three lengths off Kirramosa who defeated Avoid Lightning.
“It was a nice trial,” Bowman told Racenet. “I didn’t ask him to do a whole lot but his action felt terrific.”
Originally prepared in New Zealand where he won the 2012 NZ 2000 Guineas, Sacred Falls joined Waller’s stables in early 2013 and won his first Group 1 down under that April in the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) run in the mud.
He returned last autumn to break a 12 month losing streak with a successful Doncaster Mile title defense this time beating home stablemates Royal Descent (2nd), Weary (3rd) and Hawkspur (4th) in a an all-Waller first four.
The spring then produced a third elite level for Sacred Falls in Sydney who won Randwick’s George Main Stakes over the mile before he travelled to Melbourne.
In Victoria he was fourth to Fawkner in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) but then failed to really impress in the iconic Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) when 11th of 14 runners in the weight-for-age classic.
Waller is very much looking forward to bringing Sacred Falls who is again heading towards The Championships with a third shot at the Doncaster Mile, run this year on April 11, on the cards.
Waller, who has won four of the past seven editions of the handicap feature, plays a very strong hand with 25 nominations including Sacred Falls.
While Japanese raider World Ace and Peter & Paul Snowden’s Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win have been dominating all-in Doncaster Mile betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, Sacred Falls pays around $13 to win also sitting in the first 10 fancies.
Since the Doncaster Mile was inaugurated in 1866 there has been nine multiple winners including Sacred Falls.
None have won three times however, a hoodoo Waller hopes Sacred Falls can overcome this autumn before he retires to serve at Waikato Stud but in his native New Zealand.
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