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Trainer Tony McEvoy has revealed that Alpine Eagle is unlikely to be seen at the races during the 2016 Autumn Racing Carnival.
A great deal was expected of Alpine Eagle during the 2015 Spring Racing Carnival and he was rated one of the leading Cox Plate contenders, but he was ruled out of the major races after he suffered a cracked pedal bone in the lead-up to the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 4.
McEvoy told Racing.com that he has been happy with the way that Alpine Eagle has recovered from the nasty injury, but he said that he did not want to rush things with the son of High Chaparral and at this stage will save him for the 2016 Spring Racing Carnival, rather than try and get him back for a late autumn campaign.
“It’s a bit early, the autumn might come up a bit quick for him, but that was always going to be the case,” McEvoy said.
“I haven’t ruled it out and I haven’t factored in anything just yet.
“It’s all systems go
“The horse is in great order, moving beautifully according to my team so I’m going to spend a few days in Adelaide this week looking at him.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing him.”
Alpine Eagle made his racing debut with a four and a half lengths win at Gawler in May of 2014 and he stamped himself as one of the most promising horses in the country with a string of impressive efforts during the 2015 Melbourne Festival Of Racing.
He started his autumn campaign with a couple of impressive wins in Adelaide before he produced an absolutely outstanding turn-of-foot to take out the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield on February 28.
Alpine Eagle was unable to catch Wandjina in the final stages of the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 7, but he lost no admirers with his fast-finishing effort.
The four-year-old started his spring campaign with a promising second in the Listed Penny Edition Stakes (1400m) at Morphettville on August 22 and he was not overly impressive in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 12, but he was still set to start the Turnbull Stakes as injury before he was ruled out due to injury.
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