I’m Thunderstruck Has Every Chance Following The 2021 Golden Eagle Barrier Draw

Golden Eagle barrier draw
Tue 26th October 2021


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The 2021 Golden Eagle barrier draw took place on Sydney Harbour this morning and the training duo of Mike Price and Michael Kent Jnr will be very happy with what transpired. I’m Thunderstruck, last start winner of the Toorak Handicap, has been the favourite for the race since that win and connections will be happy that the gelding has drawn barrier 10, and will likely jump from 8 when emergencies come out. 

Sportsbet are currently listing him as the $4.50 favourite following the draw. Given he likes building into his races and has an impressive turn of foot, to be able to have cover and not be forced wide throughout, like his luckless third in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, is a big bonus. 

Especially when his two biggest competitors in Private Eye (barrier 17) and Maximal (22), at least according to Sportsbet’s market, have drawn wide. Private Eye, who is currently $6, is a last start winner of the Epsom Handicap, with Dalasan (3rd) and Mo’unga (5th), two horses he beat in that race, coming out and running 6th and 4th, respectively, in the Cox Plate last Saturday. 

Maximal on the other hand is a three-quarter brother to legendary stallion Frankel and will make his first start for John O’Shea after coming over from the UK, specifically for this race. Currently a $9 chance, Maximal may have just one win from eight career starts but has five seconds and two starts ago finished fourth in the Group One St James’ Palace Stakes at Ascot in June. 

There are two other international raiders contesting the $7.5M Golden Eagle at Rosehill on Saturday, both from the Annabel Neasham camp. Laws Of Indices (19) is better fancied than Reve De Vol (7), being priced at $13 and $21 respectively, but the latter has drawn much more favourably, which could play a big part in this race. The other main local chances, that are currently under $20, have all drawn low barriers – Count De Rupee (4), Apache Chase (6) and Ellsberg (1). 

Check back in over the next 24 hours to find our 2021 Golden Eagle runner-by-runner preview, along with The Shark’s Golden Eagle best tips. 

Tim is a massive follower of Horse Racing, not only in Australia but around the world. Whether it be the champions of the Spring and Autumn Carnivals or following the form lines throughout winter, Tim always has an eye on everything racing. He attempts to get to every Saturday meet he can, with Turnbull Stakes Day at the home of racing, Flemington, being a stand-out! If you want a tipster that follows all form lines, ratings, conditions and weights, not just favourites, Tim is your guy.