Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Pike Has Found Special Elixir; Trainer Rates Gelding as a Big Chance in Caulfield Guineas

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Pike Has Found Special Elixir; Trainer Rates Gelding as a Big Chance in Caulfield Guineas

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NEW Zealand raider Sacred Elixir has picked up his game in the past week, giving trainer Tony Pike the confidence to rate him hard to beat in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m).

The Cambridge trainer admits his Caulfield Guineas Prelude (Group 3, 1400m) winner is still green, but is pleased with the progress the gelding is making.

"He's got the perfect barrier (seven) and his work on Tuesday morning was really good for him," Pike told Stuff's New Zealand racing desk.

"He worked solo and it was the most professional he's been since arriving in Melbourne.

"He had worked left-handed at home, but had two jump-outs at Flemington and was quite awkward getting around the corner.

"But he's becoming more used to the left-hand way of going now and learning all the time.

"He has to meet the good Sydney colts as well this week, but given luck in the running we would be disappointed if he couldn't run in the top three. …

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