Pike targets Queensland Oaks
Trainer Tony Pike is hoping Terra Sancta can earn enough prize money over the next few weeks to get a crack at the Group 1 Queensland Oaks.
Terra Sancta impressed when coming from the back of the field to win on her Australian debut in a 1666m race at Ipswich on Monday and she now has $27,580 prize money in the bank.
The owners are really keen to have a crack at the Oaks and if she gets into the Oaks she will outstay most of them.Tony Pike
Another of Pike horses, Provocative, had earned slightly more when she made the Oaks field in 2016 and Pike feels Terra Sancta's current cash pot may not quite be enough.
However, Pike says he will probably run her in a race on the Sunshine Coast on Sunday 20th May to try and get there.
"If she wins that race she would probably have enough money to get into the Oaks, and she would back up a week later," Pike said.
"I've always had a good opinion of her and some of her sectionals in the New Zealand Oaks (finishing eighth) were really good when she made up a ton of ground.
"She probably didn't beat much at Ipswich but you can only do what you can do. The owners are really keen to have a crack at the Oaks and if she gets into the Oaks she will outstay most of them."
Meanwhile, Pike has talented stayer Sacred Master returning from an injury layoff in Saturday's Listed Members Handicap (1600m) at Doomben, but he is not expecting miracles.
"He can't win on Saturday with such a long time off and carrying that weight but it will be a good run for his fitness," Pike added. "He will tighten up for the (Group II) Lord Mayor's Cup and then hopefully be peaking for the Brisbane Cup."
Terra Sancta is 12/1 on a win and each way bet to win the Queensland Oaks later this month with Sopressa 999/1 and Play That Song is priced at 12/1.
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