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McEvoy Mitchell RacingLatest News Eagle swoops to victory

Eagle swoops to victory

The former highly successful partnership of trainers Tony & Calvin McEvoy and jockey Luke Currie teamed up again to land Intrepid Eagle an impressive winner at Moonee Valley on Saturday, December 30.

The trainer-jockey combination had wonderful successes for about five years when the McEvoys had a training base at Flemington and Currie was the main stable rider.

When the trainers established their current Ballarat base, Currie accepted an offer to ride in Hong Kong, but he recently returned to Melbourne.

The McEvoys booked him for Intrepid Eagle in the Musk Creek Farm Handicap (1200m) and the old firm came up winners.

Intrepid Eagle ($9) charged home late to score a half-length victory from Exceed The Dream ($2.80 fav) with Motoman ($6) a length away third.

Currie settled the four-year-old back in the field and trailed up the favourite coming to the home turn.

Exceed The Dream was drifting wide into the home straight, and rather than be pushed towards the outside fence, Currie switched back inside and Intrepid Eagle accelerated through to grab victory.

Trainer Calvin McEvoy said the decision had been made to restrict the gelding to shorter distance races.

“He’s a beautiful horse,” McEvoy said.

“He’s always had ability, but we have really struggled to find his niche.

“Maybe being by Alpine Eagle, he took a bit longer for his brain to catch up to his body.

“We have to thank Steve Whyte and his group of owners for their patience, and it was a good win.

“Everything he has done at home, and in his previous races, had said he wanted further but he hasn’t been running out the trips.

“After today, he is probably a 1200-1400 metre horse.”

Winning jockey Luke Currie said Intrepid Eagle had won impressively.

“I had got on the back of Exceed The Dream and thought it was going to take us everywhere,” Currie said.

“But it rolled out, so I switched over its’ heels and got the run back inside where there was plenty of room.

“He travelled like he was always going to be very hard to beat.

“He has nice ability, and the McEvoys got him out to win over 1400 metres on the Ballarat synthetic, but he has the talent to be an off-peak sprinter.”