Fly Like An Eagle was back "home'' last Monday resuming with All Stars in a bid to go one better than his second in the New Zealand Cup in November.
Since being sold out of the stable earlier this year Fly Like An Eagle has largely been with Tony Herlihy but his form deteriorated as his long season wore on. The Mach Three star had a busy winter and spring as a four year old leading up to his great Cup bid and then continued a campaign in Australia and in the north. It was all too much so now he is back where he started his wonderful career. Winning the two year old male Jewels a Derby and just being beaten in the New Zealand Cup the next season is rare. The one to get close was Highview Tommy, now at stud though he did not win a Derby, Fly Like An Eagle is one of at least five horses All Stars could have headed for Cup honours.
Other possible contenders
HANDS CHRISTIAN resumed hoppling last week. He is recovering from successive tendon injuries with all that implies but so far is so good.
ADORE ME is back in work after a five week break following the Jewels.
ARDEN ROONEY's staying efforts as a four year old has earned him a possible Cup start. Mark and Natalie have always considered the top staying races would be his forte.
SMOLDA is back in work at Rolleston and will probably appear around September/October also. He seems 100 per cent
In the wings still is DIDJAMAKEM BOLT pre-training across the Tasman but at this stage he is not a Cup contender.
It does not seem likely Mark and Natalie will again have a four year old in Cup contention as ISAIAH probably the most likely contender has so far had superior form at shorter distances. But the list is far from set in concrete with several months to go before the big race. Normally however the All Star decisions on Cup runners are made by this time of the year.
BORDER CONTROL SIDELINED
Missing from the list of NZ Cup propositions for All Stars stable is the tough BORDER CONTROL a tough stayer seemingly born for a race like the Cup But unfortunately a leg problem has proven more extensive than originally thought and the decision has been made to put the Australasian three year old record holder over the mile out for a long spell. Border Ctontrol has been a tough fighter all through his career his win in the NZ Derby and wonderful performance in the Harness Jewels 3yo in 1.50.6 stamped him as one of the best in the business.This season has not gone his way but a 53.9 800m at Addington reminded everyone how good he was. Hopefully he will be back better than ever next year.
By David McCarthy (ALL STARS RACING STABLES)