Allez Eagle pleases in trial

Allez Eagle, who is on track to add to his good record this season.

Allez Eagle, who is on track to add to his good record this season.

Allez Eagle warmed up for his return to racing when he comfortably accounted for his stablemate Shelford in an open 950-metre heat at today’s Cambridge trials.

Ridden by Danielle Johnson, Allez Eagle prevailed by two and a half lengths from Shelford with the same margin back to third-placed O’Dianne.

Allez Eagle was making his first public appearance since finishing unplaced in the Listed Glasshouse Stakes at Caloundra in Queensland last May. A start earlier he had finished a game fourth to Pondarosa Miss in the Gr. 1 Manco Easter Handicap at Ellerslie.

“Unfortunately, Allez Eagle’s Brisbane trip went pear-shaped with a bad foot abscess and we had to come home early,” said trainer Tony Pike.

“He had a short spell and he’s come back really well. Depending on track conditions, he could kick off at Hastings in the open 1200 on Saturday week or we’ll wait a week for Ellerslie.

“He’s been entered in the Coupland’s Mile, but there are plenty of other options for him over Christmas and New Year. We’ll make some decisions closer to the time.”

Talented stablemate Shelford is a confirmed starter in the open sprint on the second day of the Hawke’s Bay carnival.

“He was very keen today and he had a good blow afterwards so he’ll improve a ton with the run,” said Pike.

Cambridge-trained horses won all of the six open trials today. Anne Herbert produced three of the winners, Liquid Asset, Trojan Warrior and It’s Bianca, while Stephen Marsh was successfully represented by Cursive and Chris Wood won with Single Shot.