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Sacred Elixir Back In Karaka Mile
Top-class colt Sacred Elixir (Pour Moi-Baltika, by Stravinsky) will kick off his New Zealand Derby campaign when he resumes in Sunday's Karaka Mile at Ellerslie, reports NZ Racing Desk. Successful in the Gr1 JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm last winter, Sacred Elixir travelled to Melbourne for the spring where he added the Gr2 Moonee Valley Vase and Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude to his winning tally. His most recent outing saw him finish runner-up to Prized Icon in the Gr1 Victoria Derby on 29 October. "We are really happy with him, but he will be vulnerable first-up," trainer Tony Pike said. "He's forward enough and looks fantastic, but is not going to be fully wound up by any means. He's a naturally clean-winded horse and has got plenty of residual fitness from his Melbourne campaign." Pike added: "His form looks as strong as that for any three-year-old we have had (in New Zealand) for a while." The Karaka Mile will be the first of two lead-up races to the Derby for Sacred Elixir, with his second assignment being either the Gr1 Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa on 11 February, or the Gr2 Avondale Guineas at Ellerslie a week later.