Tommy Berry rang Hong Kong trainer John Moore last October and told him Saturday’s G1 Queensland Derby winner Eagle Way wasn’t much good.
Eagle Way had just finished fourth in a Wyong maiden over 1100 metres but staying is his forte and Berry was happy to stay on board when the More Than Ready gelding began to improve over longer trips.
He warmed for 2400 metres with an eye-catching second in the G3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) and kept up a relentless gallop to win the winter classic from Rodrico (High Chaparral) and I’m Belucci (Captain Sonador).
Eagle Way (3g More Than Ready – Wedgetail Eagle by Lure) will now transfer to Moore’s successful stable in Hong Kong. He’s the 159th stakes winner and 19th Group 1 winner by More Than Ready.
“He’s a good horse and I’m sad to lose him,” trainer Bryan Guy said. “He has come back this preparation and just got better and better.”
The Vinery champion got him from a half-sister to the dam of Thermal Current who captured Friday’s $100,000 Golden Topaz at Swan Hill. Their dam Wedgetail Eagle has a 2yo Hinchinbrook filly named Sweet Eagle and a yearling colt by the same stallion named Wedgebrook.
More Than Ready (USA) returns for his 16th season at Vinery Stud this spring.