Alpine Eagle Could Return for 2016 Brisbane Winter Carnival

Adelaide’s Tony McEvoy is hoping to have his promising young stallion Alpine Eagle right for a 2016 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival campaign after a cracked pedal bone ruled the four-year-old out a full spring campaign.

Alpine Eagle

Alpine Eagle is on track for a 2016 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival campaign next year after his spring was cut short due to injury. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

A winner of four of his eight starts to date, the nicely-bred son of High Chaparral hasn’t raced since September 12 at Flemington where he was narrowly beaten by only three quarters of a length crossing sixth to Fawkner in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).

He looked on track for a shot at the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) back at the track on October 4, subsequently won by Preferment who is set to represent Chris Waller in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) at Sha Tin on December 13, but suffered a season-ending injury.

Originally it looked as though the Angaston-based youngster, who won the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield in late February in his interstate debut, had a foot abscess.

Subsequent x-rays however showed he had cracked a pedal bone that McEvoy, who also has a stable at Hawkesbury in NSW, confirmed he was recovering well from.

“I was in Adelaide earlier in the week and I saw him in the paddock,” he told AAP.

“He’s doing very well and is beautifully sound.

“He’s not on any medication and is galloping around his paddock like no-one’s business.”

After his Autumn Classic win Alpine Eagle stepped up in class at Flemington on March 7 and caught the eye when champion Hong Kong jockey Douglas Whyte, who shoots for back-to-back Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) wins at Ascot Racecourse in Perth this weekend, rode him to a close second behind the Gai Waterhouse Wandjina in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).

Along with the Makybe Diva run the galloper’s only other spring assignment was a first-up second at home at Morphettville Parks behind Rizzi in the Listed Penny Edition Stakes (1400m).

With his recovery coming along nicely, McEvoy is hoping to have the horse back to full fitness for a late autumn return in Sydney or if not a shot at the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival riches in Queensland.

“We’ve got to watch his progress and he’s the one that’s got to do the talking,” McEvoy said.

“I’m thinking maybe the back-end of Sydney into Brisbane and with Eagle Farm back on deck, that excites me a little bit.

“But I haven’t really made any plans.

“I just want to make sure he’s 110 per cent before we get him going.”

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