Eagle’s attempt to fly to Aussie

Allez Eagle has had mixed luck at Te Rapa but that’s where the very promising three-year-old is heading for his first-up run.

Trainers Tony Pike and Mark Donoghue have earmarked the Gr. 3 Cambridge Trainers’ Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) on April 26 as the mission for the son of Guillotine.

Allez Eagle had been unbeaten in two trials when he made his debut at Te Rapa last October and he proved too strong for a few smart gallopers, including A’larose and Cosmic Cube.

On the strength of that performance he was pitted against Bounding, Spellbinder and company in the Gr. 3 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes back at Te Rapa 24 days later, but everything went wrong on the day.

He had to be passed by the vet to start after Cosmic Cube played up in an adjacent stall and was late scratched. He was then slow away, hampered at the 1200 metres and returned to scale after finishing second-last with a laceration to his right leg.

“It was a big laceration on the outside of the cannon, on the splint bone,” said Pike. “We had him treated but the leg wasn’t healing properly so we had the leg x-rayed and he had to have an operation.”

The operation was to scrape dead bone from inside the wound area and Allez Eagle has fully recovered from the setback, as he showed when finishing second to Twilight Dragon at the Cambridge trials last Tuesday.

“He trialed up nicely,” said Pike. “Obviously he had a quiet run after being off for so long and he has come through it well.

“We don’t want to run him on a hard track first-up so hopefully there’s some sting out for the Breeders’ Stakes at Te Rapa.”

Allez Eagle is likely to be taken to Queensland if he comes up well.

“He may miss the early ones over there because of lack of stakemoney, but if he wins at Te Rapa he should have enough prizemoney to get in,” said Pike. “We’re looking at three-year-old sprint-mile races for him.”