Dynamic performance on debut

Dynamic Eagle (Michael McNab) clearing out for an impressive debut win at Matamata.

Dynamic Eagle (Michael McNab) clearing out for an impressive debut win at Matamata.

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike showed at Matamata this week he knew exactly when to strike with the promising Dynamic Eagle.

Pike gave the three-year-old six trials and it was only after the last one, at Avondale last month, that he was convinced the horse was ready for some raceday action.

Dynamic Eagle had the first of those trials as a late two-year-old at Te Awamutu in June last year when third. Two trials later he was runner-up at Cambridge, then at Avondale he scraped home by a nose over 1000 metres.

“He has been a work in progress,” said Pike. “He’s a lovely, big horse, but he’s taken a while to put it all together. He’s been a bit new and a bit green in his barrier trials and I’ve always thought once he gets up to 1400 metres and a mile he’s going to make a nice horse.”

Dynamic Eagle stepped out over 1400 metres in The Boltholder Limited Maiden at Matamata two days ago and was most impressive.

He was given a nice run in the trail by rider Michael McNab and, after being angled out with 500 metres to run, he loomed up three-wide on the home turn and cleared out to score by three lengths from the Ben Foote-trained Barleaner, who ran home well.

“He’s got plenty of scope about him and he’ll only improve with the experience of today,” said Pike.

“Over the shorter trips he’s been travelling well and just being a bit one-paced off the bridle. The 1400 metres first-up was always going to suit him.

“He travelled well today and took over nicely on the home turn. He got a bit lost when he got there (to the front) pretty early. I think more racing will help him for next season.

“While the tracks are around the slow range he’ll have a couple more runs, then a short break and we’ll bring him back next year. I can see him being a nice middle-distance horse next season.”

Pike trains Dynamic Eagle for Gosford owner Colin Keane, who has enjoyed plenty of success from the Cambridge stable. Keane also raced Allez Eagle, also a son of Guillotine, and Huka Eagle.

Allez Eagle won eight races and was second to Ryan Mark in the 2016 Gr.1 Sistema Railway Stakes and was also Group One placed when second to Julinsky Prince in the Windsor Park Plate at Hastings and fourth the Manco Easter Handicap won by Pondarosa Miss.

Huka Eagle won three of his first four starts and was third in the Gr.1 Levin Classic at Trentham before heading to Australia.

Dynamic Eagle is a half-brother to Sacred Park and Nomisma, a couple of other talented gallopers produced by Pike.

Sacred Park’s three wins included the Gr.2 Wellington Guineas and Gr.3 Bonecrusher Stakes, while Nomisma has won four races and was fourth in the Gr.3 Sweynesse Stakes at Rotorua.