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Son Of Pour Moi Favourite For Gr1 Juvenile Feature
Pour Moi's promising son Scared Elixir's eye-catching effort in Saturday's Gr2 Sires' Produce Stakes at Doomben has promoted him to the forefront of discussions for the upcoming Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm. The Tony Pike-trained 2YO passed his biggest test to date with a performance that, whilst not producing a victory, stamped him as one of the major players for the Brisbane winter carnival's feature 2YO event. Settling near the rear in the early rush for positions, Sacred Elixir was held up nearing the home turn before dashing home in cramped quarters to finish only 1.3 lengths from the winner Attention. It was run that delighted his trainer who had some reservations before the race. "Doomben is not really a track that suits him as he is a big horse who needs clear galloping room" Pike said. "To get home like he did was very encouraging and he was still strong well past the post, so it bodes well for the step up to 1600 metres around the roomier Eagle Farm circuit." Meanwhile, in Ireland on Sunday another of Pour Moi's progeny was successful at Group level when Only Mine landed the Gr3 Lacken Stakes at Naas. The talented Pour Moi filly, who was successful in Listed company as a juvenile last season, defeated the Aidan O'Brien-trained Royal Ascot winner Washington DC to take the six-furlong contest for trainer Joe Murphy. "I always thought she was a very good filly, and I think she proved that today. I think she will be a Group One filly" said Murphy. "She may run next in the Gr3 Ballyogan Stakes at the Curragh and will probably go to France later in the year for the Gr1 Prix Maurice de Gheest, a race that could suit her."