Eagle poised to fly to Melbourne

Smart Cambridge three-year-old Allez Eagle took a step towards a possible Melbourne trip when producing an impressive fresh-up win at Te Rapa yesterday.

Allez Eagle had been off the scene since being injured in the barrier when unplaced in the Gr. 3 James & Annie Sarten Memorial at Te Rapa last October, but bounced back in the best possible manner when racing clear of Irish Moon over the final stages of the Minibus Express 1200 to win by a length and three-quarters.

The win was reminiscent of Allez Eagle’s debut, also over 1200 metres at Te Rapa, when beating A’Larose and Cosmic Cube on October 4, and for trainer Tony Pike is was as much a relief as a thrill after such a setback on the track second-up.

“He had trialled up well so we knew he was ready to go,” said Pike.

Allez Eagle had finished second to the smart sprinter Twilight Dragon at the Cambridge trials on March 25 and Pike had considered sending him to Queensland with stablemates Rock Diva and Sancerre last Thursday, but the lack of earnings resulted in Allez Eagle remaining at home.

However, Pike is now considering giving the son of Guillotine a crack at the Australian prizemoney.

“We will take a few days now to see how he gets over the run before we decide where to head with him,” said Pike. “At this stage he could well end up in Melbourne for a two-race campaign. It’ll be either there or Sydney.”

Allez Eagle completed a hat trick of wins for the Pike stable at Te Rapa yesterday, following on from a maiden win by Polish and a Rating 65 victory by Bellbird. Rory Hutchings rode both Allez Eagle and Polish, while Mark Hills was on Bellbird, who scored at the surprising odds of 16/1.