Chris Waller won his third Doncaster Mile as Sacred Falls gunned down favourite Pierro in a thrilling finish at Royal Randwick.
Sacred Falls settled last on the fence and got a dream run through on the back of the favourite to claim the $2 million Group 1.
Pierro lost no admirers, fighting hard with the 57kg on the heavy track but in the end the impost was too much as Sacred Falls, with only 53kg, produced a superior turn of foot inside the final 100m.
“You can’t describe the feeling, I don’t think you will ever get used to it, it hasn’t really set in yet, it was an amazing ride by Tommy Berry,” Waller said.
“This horse has beaten a very good field today, obviously Pierro had a lot of weight but Sacred Falls has still done a great job.”
Sacred Falls firmed from $21 to $19 in the betting ring and won by three quarters of a length from Pierro ($3.50) with Norzita ($11) a further three quarters away in third.
Waller took over the training of Sacred Falls from New Zealand trainer Tony Pike at the start of the autumn carnival.
Sacred Falls arrived unbeaten after six starts and Waller said it was certainly satisfying to get the colt’s first win in Australia.
“I guess the thing was not to panic, he came to me six out of six, and it went pretty pear shaped but we didn’t lose confidence,” Waller said.
“I was happy with him in the Randwick Guineas but he just got shunted off the track, he was pushed four and five wide at the 1200m mark and still ran on well, I could see what I was working with, it didn’t suit to be third up in the Rosehill Guineas and he still managed to run second.
“I knew he would be cherry ripe coming back to a mile, I had the confidence to freshen him up, we used this same path with Rangirangdoo and also Shoot Out last year.”
Waller won his first Group 1 when Triple Honour won the Doncaster Mile in 2008 and Rangirangdoo gave him his second win in the famous race in 2010.
Story by Brent Zefara