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By Graham Potter | Sunday, May 15, 2022

In just his second start for the David Vandyke stable, Sacred Stream was sent out to contest a Three-Year-Old Maiden Handicap over 1400m on the Poly Track surface at the Sunshine Coast on May 15… and the result was never in doubt as the daughter of Sacred Falls won by a clearcut two length margin.

Kyle Wilson-Taylor jumped Sacred Stream ($3.80) into an early lead which she held by a length margin over Everlast ($4) at a moderate gallop all the way down the back stretch.

When Everlast started to try to put some pressure on the Vandyke trained runner in the sweep to the home turn … with the bulk of the field pretty much bunched up behind the two leaders … it quickly became apparent that Wilson-Taylor was sitting with a lap-full of horses and Scared Stream duly maintained a comfortable advantage without any undue urging from Wilson-Taylor in the first half of the straight.

While not in any real danger of defeat, Wilson-Taylor did start to push Sacred Stream out over the last 250m, teaching him how to hit the line, and, when it was all over, the daylight between first and second and then second back to third highlighted the ease with which Sacred Stream had achieved her first career victory.

Sacred Stream is clearly still a work in progress.

Initially, when Sacred Steam was trained by Joe Pride, it took a long time to ease him into race action. He had no less than four trials between January 2021 and the end of June 2021 before finally racing twice as a two-year-old in July of that year.

After that, it took another six months and three more trials before Sacred Stream returned to racing. He raced two more times for Joe Pride (that made it four runs for a return of two fourth placings) before relocating to the David Vandyke stable.

In his first run for Vandyke Sacred Stream finished fourth over 1400m on a heavy track at the Gold Coast on April 16, 2022 … and, now, just a month later he has put a win behind his name.

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