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McEvoy Excited By Alpine Eagle

Wednesday, 1st July 2015

Trainer Tony McEvoy has provided an update on the progress of exciting galloper Alpine Eagle (High Chaparral-Zephyria, by Zabeel) who is being aimed at the Cox Plate in the spring. The High Chaparral colt emerged as a potential star in the autumn when scoring a stunning win in the Gr2 Autumn Classic (1800m) before finishing a close second behind Wandjina in the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m). Speaking to RSN's Shane Anderson, McEvoy said the rising 4YO had done nothing but please him since returning to his stable five weeks ago. "I'm very happy. I haven't put any pressure on the horse yet. He's had one small gallop and he just towed the jockey up the hill like a horse with class should," McEvoy said. "He put on some 45 kilograms during his spell, and he's put on another 11 kilograms in his first five weeks of training, so that really gives me a lot of confidence that the horse has come back better." He added: "He's always had a tremendous frame, but didn't have a lot of flesh on that frame. But he's really thickened up well now and there's more to come. He's in for a big campaign this spring." McEvoy said Alpine Eagle was likely to trial in August before resuming in either the Gr2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on 15 August or the Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at the same track two weeks later (29 August). "I reckon mid-August he'll be ready to trial. At this stage I'm thinking 1400 metres first-up in the PB Lawrence or the Memsie, but those decisions haven't been made yet," he said. "The Cox Plate is the race I'd like to get him to." Owned by South Australian winemaker Wolf Blass, Alpine Eagle has won 4 of his 6 starts for $266,800 prize money.

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