Group 1 winner Sacred Elixir returned to New Zealand from Hong Kong on Wednesday morning and a scan has revealed positive signs that the gelding could make a race-day return.
Formerly trained by Tony Pike, Sacred Elixir won the Group 1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) and finished runner-up in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) before joining Tony Cruz’s Hong Kong barn in 2017, where a mishap in his third race spelt the end of his stint.
“He injured his right-fore suspensory in his third start and rehabilitation up there was unsuccessful, so they have sent him home,” Raffles Racing manager Bruce Sherwin said.
“The prognosis is better than 50-50 (of getting back to the races) on what we are seeing at the moment. He’s a lightly raced horse. He has only had 15 starts, so we can be patient in the rehabilitation, but from what we are seeing he is a chance (of returning to the track).”