Eyre Square all class: Poidevin

HORSE RACING

Carl Poidevin has worked with enough good horses to know recent stable acquisition Eyre Square has Group calibre stamped all over him.

A runaway winner of a low-key Kembla Grange maiden last week, Eyre Square's Queensland Derby credentials will go on the line on the Sensational Sunday support card.

"He's probably one of the nicest horses we've had here for a long time," said Poidevin, who prepares the colt in conjunction with wife Diane Poidevin-Laine.

"I've ridden enough horses over the years to realise he's Group class down the track. I know it's only early days and a lot goes wrong with them, but at this stage he's a baby and he doesn't really know what he's doing at all."

Eyre Square was formerly under the care of Kembla horseman Erwin Takacs before he landed in hospital with severe head injuries as he tried to swim the horse. He remains in a coma.

The Street Sense colt may be headed to Queensland's winter carnival for some of the major three-year-old races.

That path will begin in a Class 2 Handicap [1500 metres] at his home track on Sunday.

"I'd like to go to Queensland with him and there's a couple of really nice races up there for him," Poidevin said.

"He's got his whole career ahead of him and I think he's the real deal. He's a colt and he doesn't know he's a colt."

The same could be said for flying grey Fire Thunderbolt, which Poidevin targeted for races such as the Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap.

Fire Thunderbolt hasn't set foot on a track in almost a year but ran second to Snitzerland and beat home Lankan Rupee in the 2012 Blue Sapphire.

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