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.

HorseSexAgeTrainer
1BLUEBERRY HILLF3Liam Birchley
2CASHING UPG3Barry Lockwood
3COUNTERATTACKC3Chris Waller
4DEE NINE ELLEF3Tony Gollan
5DENMAGICF3David Pfieffer
6FIERY HEIGHTSG3Toby Edmonds
7HAVASAYG3Liam Birchley
8HESITATIONF3Kelso Wood
9IN HIS STRIDEG3Rex Lipp
10PERFECT DAREG3Matthew Dunn
11PERIGNONF3Gerald Ryan
12PRIVLAKAG3Robert Heathcote
13RAGEESEC3Darren Weir
14RANGIPOG3Tony Pike
15RIGHT ADVICEG3Darryl Hansen
16SALMANAZARG3Tony Gollan
17SIR BACCHUSG3Chris Waller
18SOLD FOR SONGF3Kevin Kemp
19SPIETH (NZ)C3Bryce Heys
20TAKEDOWNG3Gary Moore
21THE VIRGINIANG3Toby Edmonds
22TIVACIC3Michael Moroney
23TOO GOOD TO REFUSEC3Desleigh Forster

News:

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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