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Alpine Eagle Retired

Thursday, 6th October 2016

Prodigiously talented galloper Alpine Eagle (High Chaparral-Zephyria, by Zabeel) has been retired. The 5YO entire, who was being aimed at the Caulfield Cup, had been disappointing in his three runs this campaign, including 6th and 11th place finishes in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) and Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) respectively. He was subsequently found to be suffering from a throat ailment. The decision to cut short his racing career was made by owner Wolf Blass who is now considering sending him to stud. "I had planned to put him in the paddock and have some surgery done on his airway but Wolf said 'Don't worry about the surgery and just put him in the paddock'," trainer Tony McEvoy told racing.com. "Wolf's decided that enough was enough and is thinking of putting him to stud and so is looking for a nice home for him." The son of High Chaparral emerged as a potential star during the 2015 autumn carnival in Melbourne when scoring a stunning win in the Gr2 Autumn Classic (1800m), before finishing a close second behind Wandjina in the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m). He retires with 4 wins and 3 placings from 12 starts for $305,800 in earnings.

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