Eagle Way Bids Adieu to Australia After Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm
When he jumps as third favourite in this Saturday’s Group 1 Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm, Eagle Way will be making his last outing on Australian turf before going to Hong Kong to join up with trainer John Moore.
The 2400 m is a bit of a stretch for Eagle Way, but his Aussie trainer, Bryan Guy, he had a good showing at 2200 m to place second to Mackintosh in the Grand Prix Stakes at Doomben, so Guy thinks Eagle Way can make the grade, even though the horse’s sire, More Then Ready, has a reputation for producing sprinters and milers.
Tommy Berry will take the ride, currently priced at $5.50 by Betstar, meeting Mackintosh once again at $4.50, with Howard Be Thy Name leading the field at $4.40.
Berry has replaced Eagle Way’s regular hoop, Paul Hammersley. Moore, who has had good success with Berry aboard, made the decision.
Guy is a leader in the ranks of trainers in Queensland for the past 20 years, but has not had a Group 1 winner since Ravarda won the J.J. Atkins and George Ryder Stakes in the mid-90s and All Our Mob in the 1994 Stradbroke Handicap.