Queensland Calling for Sacred Satono

Media Release - Sunday April 21

Class galloper Sacred Satono put his name firmly in the frame for a proposed Queensland Winter Carnival venture when he kicked off a new campaign with an impressive victory at Ellerslie in the opening event, the Barfoot & Thompson 1200.

The Bruce Wallace and Grant Cooksley-trained four-year-old had last been seen on raceday when finishing midfield in the Aotearoa Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Karaka Millions night and stripped in good condition despite not having trialled before his resumption.

Sacred Satono demonstrates his class with a comfortable victory in the Barfoot & Thompson 1200 at Ellerslie on Saturday.   Photo: Kenton Wright (Race Images)

With rider Triston Moodley using his 3kg claim to bring the son of Satono Aladdin’s topweight down to a manageable 58kg impost, Sacred Satono looked well placed despite giving weight to his nine rivals including 4kgs to race favourite Pour The Wine.

Advertisement

Moodley was in no rush on the topweight, allowing him to settle in midfield behind tearaway pacemakers One More Time and Is That So in the early running before easing into contention approaching the home turn.

Allowed to drift to the middle of the track, Sacred Satono quickly hit the front and put the race to bed in a few strides. Despite being hotly challenged by Pour The Wine and Imprevu he held the pair out by a length and a half in a slick time of 1.09.68 on a track rated a Soft5 despite some heavy and persistent rain throughout the morning.

Cooksley was pleased with the performance as he outlined the future plans for his charge.

“He went really well and has been working okay and he goes pretty good fresh-up,” Cooksley said.

“He hasn’t done a lot since his last run, just a couple of jump-outs and we brought him here today to see how he was going.

“We’re thinking about going to Brisbane, but will see what happens.

“A race like the Stradbroke (Gr.1, 1400m) is an option and couple of races beforehand where we will work it out from there.”

A rain soaked Moodley sported a beaming smile as he described the victory.

“It’s a bit wet out there but seemed good underfoot and I was on the best horse in the field so it was easy for me,” he said.

“I just gave him a smack and he pinned his ears back and the rest was history as he flew home.”

A $34,000 yearling purchase by Wallace from the Rich Hill Stud draft during the Book 2 sale at Karaka in 2021, Sacred Satono has won six of his 22 starts and more than $411,000 in prizemoney. - LOVERACING.NZ News Desk

Advertisment

Race Result - Barfoot & Thompson Hcp 1200m

Ellerslie Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:09.68
1
Sacred Satono
- 4h Satono Aladdin (JPN) x Belle Joie (NZ) (Mellifont (USA))
Tnr: B Wallace & G Cooksley Rdr: T C Moodley 58
NZB Karaka Book 2 $34,000
Seller: Rich Hill Stud
Buyer: Wallace Thoroughbreds
2
1.5
Pour The Wine
- 4m Telperion (AUS) x Needlly (NZ) (O'reilly (NZ))
Tnr: P & D Williams Rdr: W B Kennedy 54
3
5
Imprevu
- 5m Wrote (IRE) x Imprint (NZ) (Sufficient (NZ))
Tnr: Ms J Dalley Rdr: W F Pinn 55.5
4
5.8
Is That So
- 7g Sufficient (NZ) x Sheez Torkin (NZ) (Electronic Zone (USA))
Tnr: C R Isdale Rdr: C J Grylls 55.5
5
6.1
Isla Jay
- 6m Burgundy (NZ) x Matabelle (NZ) (Volksraad (GB))
Tnr: W P Hillis Rdr: M Cameron 54
6
6.3
Not Guilty
- 5m Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Notice Received (NZ) (O'reilly (NZ))
Tnr: A W Pike Rdr: S R Weatherley 56
7
6.3
Zaila
- 5m Street Boss (USA) x Glory's Girl (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Tnr: Ms K A Hoskin Rdr: S C Spratt 55.5
8
9
Cakebytheocean
- 6g Ocean Park (NZ) x Songfest (AUS) (Unbridled's Song (USA))
Tnr: C W Gibbs Rdr: M Hashizume 55
9
12.6
One More Time
- 6m Per Incanto (USA) x Aaja Nachle (NZ) (Fast 'n' Famous (AUS))
Tnr: S Ralph Rdr: Joe Doyle 54
10
24.8
Dear Oh Dear
- 6m Atlante (AUS) x Whoopsie (NZ) (Iffraaj (GB))
Tnr: L K Collins Rdr: V A Colgan 54
More Reading...
Sires With Winners - Wednesday May 22
Here is the full list of 43 stallions which had winners throughout Australasia today with winners and result details.
Dark Horses Will Be Hard to Beat
The horses and riders are arriving at Stonewall Equestrian for the TSHA National Titles (May 23 – 26) and one of the most interesting teams taking on the Maiden Teams Challenge features a couple of wily old showjumpers and a Group I placed Godolphin stakes-winner that earned nearly $1million on the track.
Calyx Filly Grinzinger Pod Makes Winning Debut
Not a lot went right for Grinzinger Pod at her career debut in Wednesday’s Dunlop Pitson & Jenkins Civil Maiden Plate (1100m) at Bendigo, but the daughter of Calyx pulled it out of the fire and looks to have a bright future.
Lofty Goals for Written Tycoon's Private Life
Backed as if unbeatable when fourth on debut at Canterbury, Private Life defied a betting drift when opening his winning account in Wednesday's Hyland Race Colours Maiden Hcp (1100m) at Warick Farm so impressively, Chris Waller has tagged him a Guineas horse.
Kiwi 3YO Stakes Derby Claim
Talented three-year-old stayer First Innings has booked a place in the Gr.1 Queensland Derby (2400m) after coming from last to land a 2180m three-year-old handicap at Ipswich on Wednesday.
Satono Aladdin Stakes-Winner Headed to Sydney
Promising three-year-old Sacred Satono will join the team of Kiwis planning a raid on the riches of the Sydney Autumn Carnival when he returns to racing after a recent break.
Coolmore Sires Quinella Listed Derby du Languedoc
The Listed Derby du Languedoc (2400m) at Toulouse in France overnight produced a quinella for Coolmore sires Churchill (IRE) and Wootton Bassett (GB) with progressive colt Zweig hanging on to win in a thriller over lightly raced filly Wootton Zi.
Sacred Satono Primed for Spring
Trainers Bruce Wallace and Grant Cooksley are hoping a big spring is in-store for their Group Three winner Sacred Satono.
One To Watch - Bendigo
A 10,000 guineas Tattersalls October yearling, Craig (GB), received his passport after finishing third as a $100 chance in a 2yo maiden over 7 furlongs at Newmarket last November.
Riverdene Stud Fees Confirmed
Established sires DISSIDENT and SIZZLING comprise the Riverdene Stud stallion roster for another covering season with the Riverina-based outfit confirming that the Group 1 winning duo will again stand at an advertised service fee of $5,500 (inc. GST) on live foal payment terms.