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Alpine Eagle Ready For Spring

Tuesday, 16th June 2015

Trainer Tony McEvoy has confirmed that exciting 3YO Alpine Eagle (High Chaparral-Zephyria, by Zabeel) is back in work as he prepares for an ambitious spring campaign aimed at the Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup, reports theinformant.co.nz. The High Chaparral colt emerged as a potential star when scoring a stunning win in the Gr2 Autumn Classic (1800m) and finishing a close second to Wandjina in the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) in the autumn. The form out of the Australian Guineas has proven to be a strong with Wandjina going on to finish second behind Dissident in the Gr1 All Aged Stakes, and fourth-placed Kermadec winning the Gr1 Doncaster Mile. McEvoy believes Alpine Eagle is as good as any horse he has trained and says he has made the necessary physical improvement to be a force in the spring. "He's been back in for about three or four weeks. He put on 45 kilos, which tells me that he needed the spell and I'm really pleased," McEvoy said. "I haven't quite sorted his preparation out but his goals will be the Cox Plate or Caulfield Cup. I'm hoping as a four-year-old, now that he gets it (mentally), he might come back and be a bit sharper. But 2000 to 2400, that'll be his range." He added: "If you look at a lot of the top three-year-olds on the Timeform ratings, a lot of those have retired and gone to stud. The form after his Guineas held strong, so I'm very excited going forward."

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