Eagle could be on his way back home after Sha Tin success

QUEENSLAND Derby winner Eagle Way could have earned a trip back to Australia with his victory in the Group 3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup Handicap at Sha Tin.

Eagle Way beat his John Moore-trained stablemate Helene Charisma on Sunday with their trainer saying both were ideal types for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

“They are the types of horses that could be Melbourne-bound because they’re deadset mile-and-half to two-mile horses,” Moore said.

“I don’t want to jump the start but they’re ideal for Melbourne. The Hong Kong off-season doesn’t make it easy with lead-ups, but they are the sorts of horses you’d want down there.” Eagle Way won the 2016 Queensland Derby when trained by Bryan Guy. He was ridden on Sunday by Joao Moreira, who also took out the Group 1 feature, the QEII Cup, on Japanese horse Neorealism.

 

 

Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira (left) and Neorealism cross the finish line to win the QEII Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday night. Picture: AFP

 

With Australian entrant The United States taking up the lead at a slow pace, Moreira made a mid-race move to the front on Neorealism who held off Pakistan Star and last year’s winner Werther ridden by Hugh Bowman.

“It’s so special to win such a race, and a race that I haven’t won before. The first is always very special,” Moreira said.

Bowman said the slow tempo played against Werther.

“He acquitted himself well,” Bowman said.

“It was very slow in the middle stages and that didn’t suit him. I thought the sprint home would suit but the Japanese horse just got a break on us.”

 The United States, last year’s Ranvet Stakes winner, will now be retired to stud.
Eagle Way and jockey Tommy Berry take out the Queensland Derby last year. Picture: Jono Searle

Story courtesy Courier Mail Racing

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