Doncaster First Four For Graduates

The wet conditions at Randwick today failed to dampen the dazzling dash of tough mare Sacred Choice who headed a Magic Millions first four in the $2m Group 1 Emirates Doncaster Mile (1600).

Sacred Choice

The Joe Pride prepared five year-old revelled in the very heavy conditions to burst clear of her sixteen rivals to score a dominant two length win with Tim Clark in the saddle.

Love Conquers All made it back to back Group 1 seconds as runner up, whilst Queensland galloper Bold Glance made ground late to finish third a further half length back, with Syreon claiming fourth position to complete a Magic Millions first four.

“When she broke away there was nothing that was going to catch her,” said trainer Joe Pride.

“It was hard to make up ground and Tim made a conscious decision to be a little bit closer, I was worried about cover but she settled well and on these heavy tracks she just sprints like a gazelle.”

Sacred Choice was an inexpensive $40,000 yearling purchase at the 2007 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Selected out of Kerrie Tibbey’s Goodwood Park draft, Sacred Choice has now returned connections over $1.9m in prizemoney.

Sacred Choice’s resume as a potential topflight broodmare is growing rapidly following today’s Doncaster victory. 

Her initial Group 1 win came in the Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington last Spring.

Sacred Choice is out the Sir Tristram mare Sacred Habit, a three quarter sister to Golden Slipper winner and champion sire Marauding.

A half-sister to Sacred Choice, by Dubai Destination, will be on offer at the 2011 Magic Milllions National Yearling Sale which commences on the 5th of June at the Gold Coast.

Consigned by Chatsworth Park at Scone, the Choisir Colt is certain to have many admirers following his sister’s second Group 1 victory today.

Winner: Sacred Choice (Choisir-Sacred Habit)
Race: ATC Doncaster Mile G1 (1600m)
Sold for: $40,000
Sale: 2007 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Vendor: Goodwood Farm (As Agent)
Earnings: $1,947,640
Owner(s): G M Fraser, Mrs K A Fraser, Ms E L Fraser, R Woodhouse, A F Shepherd, D Cunneen & R H Spee
Trainer: Joe Pride (Warwick Farm)