ALTHOUGH beaten in his heat, The Irish Eagle is expected to bounce back in Friday night’s Kevin and Kay Seymour Evolution Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle.
Winner of his first two starts, The Irish Eagle was then second in his qualifier in Young last week.
Admitting to be slightly disappointed the three-year-old was beaten, trainer Bruce Harpley remains confident The Irish Eagle can return to the winners’ circle.
“I was disappointed he got beaten the other night as I’ve got pretty big wraps on him,” Harpley said.
“He has come a long way in a short time, but I felt he should have won the heat.
“His owner (Brian McKelvie) had him close to trialling when I got him and I gave him one trial before his first race.
“He’s relaxed, wears a 60-inch hopple and just floats over the ground.
“There is a lot to like about him and he is still got a lot of improving to do.”
With Harpley to take the reins, The Irish Eagle faces a difficult task from barrier nine.
The son of Fly Like An Eagle slots into eight with the removal of the emergency.
“The draw hasn’t made it easy on him over a mile, but he has the class to overcome it,” Harpley said. “Getting as clear run will be the main issue.
“His two main dangers Cee For Colin and Yep Got Chooks have drawn his outside, so that’s a positive.
“Regardless of how he goes on Friday night he will go for a spell and will hopefully come back better again next time in.”