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Pike hopes for Queensland Derby chance with Terra Sancta

  • Tue, 05 Jun 2018
  • Richard Edmunds
If she makes the field, Terra Sancta will be the only New Zealand-trained runner in the 2018 Queensland Derby.

If she makes the field, Terra Sancta will be the only New Zealand-trained runner in the 2018 Queensland Derby.

If she makes the field, Cambridge trainer Tony Pike is keen to run promising filly Terra Sancta in Saturday’s Gr. 1 Queensland Derby at Doomben.

The daughter of Pierro began her Queensland winter campaign with victories at Ipswich and the Sunshine Coast, then finished sixth in the Gr. 1 Queensland Oaks.

“Her run in the Oaks was super with no luck,” Pike said. “She was flushed wide down the back straight, then got into all sorts of trouble around the home turn. For her to finish it off as well as she did after all that, we were very pleased with the run.

“She’s probably only a 50-50 chance of making the field for the Derby on Saturday, we might need one or two to drop out. But if she gets a run, we’d like to have a go. Otherwise there’s a Rating 85 on the Sunshine Coast the following day.”

Meanwhile, exciting two-year-old filly Wekaforce has been sent to the spelling paddock after finishing outside the placings in last Saturday’s Listed Castletown Stakes.

“She was fractious in the gates and slowly away, which is unlike her, and then after that she just couldn’t get her feet out of the holding ground,” Pike said.

“We suspected that might be the case – she’s got a lovely, long-striding action and looks ideally suited to better ground. We’ve put her out and will bring her back for fillies’ races in the spring.”

A daughter of Showcasing, Wekaforce began her career with a four-length win at Ruakaka on May 16.