Tony McEvoy says Alpine Eagle is coming along well in his recovery, but thinks it’s unlikely he’ll race in the autumn.

Alpine Eagle was favourite for the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes before cracking a pedal bone on the eve of the race, ruling him out of the remainder of the spring.

While the astute trainer isn’t giving any firm commitments at this stage, he is likely to err on the side of caution when it comes to his racetrack return.

“It’s a bit early - the autumn might come up a bit quick for him, but that was always going to be the case,” McEvoy told

“But I haven’t ruled it out and I haven’t factored in anything just yet.”

However, McEvoy remains optimistic the talented four-year-old will be able to fulfil his enormous potential.

“It’s all systems go - the horse is in great order, moving beautifully according to my team so I’m going to spend a few days in Adelaide this week looking at him,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing him.”