Vinnie Eagle to fly in for Inglis Classic

Unbeaten Kiwi colt Vinnie Eagle will fly into Sydney on Wednesday to prepare for the $250,000  Inglis Classic (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Jockey James McDonald, above, will ride Vinnie Eagle in the Inglis Classic.

Jockey James McDonald, above, will ride Vinnie Eagle in the Inglis Classic. Photo by Steve Hart.

The Tony Pike trained Vinnie Eagle has won both his race starts and goes into the Saturday’s race as one of the main fancies.

Vinnie Eagle was spelled after winning on debut over 880m at Ruakaka then resumed for a win in the Group 3 NZ$70,000 Barneswood Farm Eclipse Stakes (1200m) at Ellersille in New Zealand on January 1.

“He’s come through his last race well and James McDonald will be riding him,” Pike said.

Vinnie Eagle’s main opponent in the Inglis Classic will be the Robbie Laing trained Boomwaa who created a huge impression with a three lengths win in the Group 3 $150,000 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) at Flemington on November 9.

Laing then gave the youngster a short break before a first up second to Gai Waterhouse’s Golden Slipper hope Fighting Sun and the Cranbourne trainer expects him to be spot on for Saturday with Hugh Bowman to ride.

If Vinnie Eagle runs up to Pike’s expectations  he will take the I Am Invincible colt back to New Zealand before preparing him for another trip to Australia to contest the Group 1 $1m Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 12.

“We’ll get through Sydney and then he’ll come back and we might look at the Sires’ Produce races,” Pike said.

Pike has a busy weekend planned and as well as Vinnie Eagle running around at Randwick, the stable will saddle up Waterford in the Group 1 NZ$250,000 J&N Berkett Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham as well as Derby bound Sacred Park in a Benchmark 75 over 1600m at Pukekohe Park.

“We’ve got them scattered far and wide this weekend with Waterford in the Telegraph Handicap at Trentham and Sacred Park will kick off at Pukekohe in a Rating 75 mile to get the show on the road toward the Derby,” Pike said.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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