Black-type racing awaits Allez Eagle (Guillotine) after his scintillating win in the Pyramid Trucking Open Handicap at Te Aroha last weekend, but it remains to be seen which side of the Tasman it will be on.
“He could go for the Easter Handicap at Ellerslie, but that would be the only race left for him in New Zealand this season and there’s a heap of lovely options in Brisbane,” trainer Tony Pike said.
“The beauty with Brisbane is that we can run in nice races for good money without taking on the big guns - we could go for races like the Spear Chief, the Wayne Wilson and several others like that. If we get desperate there’s even the Rockhampton Cup for $100,000.”
But the big guns may be nothing to fear for Allez Eagle if today’s performance at Te Aroha is anything to go by. The four-year-old Guillotine gelding was travelling beautifully under Mark Du Plessis throughout the 1400-metre contest and left his rivals in his dust down the straight, drawing away to win by two and a half lengths. Allez Eagle stopped the clock at 1:21.37 for the 1400 metres.
“If he can settle into a good galloping rhythm he really enjoys his racing,” Pike said. “He travelled nicely today and put a gap on them down the straight. It was really good to see him do that.”
Addictive Habit fought solidly for second in his first start since winning the Gr. 2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile in November, while the winner’s stablemate Chintz got home strongly from well back for third.
But today all eyes were on Allez Eagle, who is now the winner of seven of his 13 starts. He has won four of his last five, the only defeat being a third placing at Ellerslie on Auckland Cup day last time out.