Allez Eagle ready for Sydney

 

Allez Eagle put up a compelling argument for a trip to Australia with his latest victory stroll at Te Rapa.

Trainer Tony Pike was looking for further success on Saturday to confirm travel plans and the 3YO duly obliged.

“I had a look at the programmes and probably the Sydney programmes suit a little bit better than Melbourne,” he said.

He has long held the son of Guillotine in high regard and his judgement is now proving on the money after an earlier setback.

Allez Eagle had started his career with an impressive spring victory to put him in the frame for the Gr.1 NZ 2000 Guineas.

However, a subsequent injury and surgery put him out of classic contention and he’s now back and rapidly making up for lost time.

He returned after a seven-month break to win at Te Rapa earlier this month and was equally impressive at the weekend.

“He was inclined to get his head up on the slow early pace and then he settled and he ran home really, really well,” Pike’s father Wayne said.

He was standing in for his son Tony, who was at Doomben where Rock Diva was in action.

She turned in an encouraging Gr.1 Queensland Oaks trial when made late ground in the Gr.3 Doomben Roses.

A half-brother to the multiple winner, King’s Fortune, Allez Eagle was purchased by Pike for $50,000 during the Select session at Karaka in 2012.

The gelding is raced by the Gosford-based owner Colin Keane, who also has the Gr 3 Eclipse Stakes winner Vinnie Eagle in the Pike barn.

The Hawke’s Bay spring carnival features in the longer-term plans for Allez Eagle.