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Alpine Eagle Firms For Australian Guineas
Meanwhile, potential star Alpine Eagle, a stunning winner of the Gr2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield on the weekend, is firming as a likely starter in Saturday's $500,000 Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington. "He's come through the run very, very well and he's giving absolutely no indication that he's had a run last Saturday," trainer Tony McEvoy said. "I just need to see him tomorrow (Tuesday) and I'll make a decision either tomorrow night or Wednesday morning but I'm warming to running him in the race on Saturday." McEvoy said if he did accept with the son of High Chaparral in the Guineas it wouldn't affect his long-term plan to target the Gr1 South Australian Derby (2500m). "If it did interfere with (the South Australian Derby), which is a plan that I really like, then I wouldn't consider it," he said. "He's fit and well and all he has to do is walk across the road, run in a half a million dollar Group 1 on a beautiful, big track at Flemington so it's a bit hard to say no to." Alpine Eagle (High Chaparral-Zephyria, by Zabeel) certainly possesses the bloodlines to be a top-class stayer. Apart from being a direct descendant of US-bred mare Attica, dam of English Derby winner Sir Ivor - sire of the great Sir Tristram - he is also bred on the same High Chaparral x Zabeel cross as Arrowfield Stud's outstanding Australian Derby winner Dundeel.