Fred Best Classic nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 Fred Best Classic. The Fred Best Classic will be run on Saturday 21st May at Doomben racecourse.

Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 BLUEBERRY HILL F 3 Liam Birchley
2 CASHING UP G 3 Barry Lockwood
3 COUNTERATTACK C 3 Chris Waller
4 DEE NINE ELLE F 3 Tony Gollan
5 DENMAGIC F 3 David Pfieffer
6 FIERY HEIGHTS G 3 Toby Edmonds
7 HAVASAY G 3 Liam Birchley
8 HESITATION F 3 Kelso Wood
9 IN HIS STRIDE G 3 Rex Lipp
10 PERFECT DARE G 3 Matthew Dunn
11 PERIGNON F 3 Gerald Ryan
12 PRIVLAKA G 3 Robert Heathcote
13 RAGEESE C 3 Darren Weir
14 RANGIPO G 3 Tony Pike
15 RIGHT ADVICE G 3 Darryl Hansen
16 SALMANAZAR G 3 Tony Gollan
17 SIR BACCHUS G 3 Chris Waller
18 SOLD FOR SONG F 3 Kevin Kemp
19 SPIETH (NZ) C 3 Bryce Heys
20 TAKEDOWN G 3 Gary Moore
21 THE VIRGINIAN G 3 Toby Edmonds
22 TIVACI C 3 Michael Moroney
23 TOO GOOD TO REFUSE C 3 Desleigh Forster


Group One performer Alpine Eagle will make an autumn cameo appearance in Adelaide where he will take on Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance.

After two runs in the spring, Alpine Eagle suffered a crack in a pedal bone and trainer Tony McEvoy gave him a lengthy break to recover.

The four-year-old is now ready for his return in Saturday’s Group Three R A Lee Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville which is also expected to be the only time Prince Of Penzance races before the spring.

Alpine Eagle created an impression late in his three-year-old season, winning the Group Two Autumn Classic and finishing second in the Group One Australian Guineas.

McEvoy said the injury had healed without incident.

“We’ve had no issues at all with it,” McEvoy said.

“He’s got confidence in his action. He’s done everything really well.

“He’s been a bit bored because he’s been in a long time. He came across to Melbourne and won a trial at Werribee. Then I took him back to Adelaide and he won a trial.

“He’s ready for a race. He needs to go to the races.”

Without many suitable options at this time of year apart from the Brisbane winter carnival, McEvoy says the plan is to run Alpine Eagle on Saturday and back off again for a spring campaign.

“He’ll just have this race and then I’ll sweeten him up for a few weeks and we’ll target the spring,” he said.

“He’s a colt and he’s one of those horses that doesn’t enjoy spelling. He loves it for a couple of weeks and then he stands in the corner and he doesn’t want to be there.”

Mark Zahra takes the ride on Saturday with McEvoy saying the only thing the horse lacks is match practice.

“He’ll be very ring rusty, but I hope he can step up and run well for us,” McEvoy said.

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