Cambridge trainer Tony Pike left the Te Rapa racecourse on Saturday evening a happy man after his team of four runners produced two wins, including one by Gr.3 Martin Collins New Zealand Cup (3200m) candidate Rapid Falls.
Pike was pleased to see Sacred Falls mare Rapid Falls make a winning start to her spring campaign in the Waikato Draught Handicap (1600m) after signing off her previous campaign with a win at Ellerslie.
“She (Rapid Falls) is a mare who has really strengthened up over her winter break,” Pike said.
“She has plenty of ability but had needed to mature to find her best form.
“She had trialled nicely behind Catalyst over 1300m eight days ago and I had expected a good run, but there was that niggling doubt about the track.
“We have thrown in a nomination for the New Zealand Cup, so we’ll make a plan to try and get her there, as I think she is a pretty handy stayer in the making.”
Bred by Chrissy Bambry and her family's Mangatiti Trust, Rapid Falls is out of City on a Hill mare Sitting a on Hill. The now five-year-old was offered for sale via Curraghmores 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 sale draft where she was purchased by Pike for $90,000.– NZ Racing Desk