The Golden Eagle 2022

The Golden Eagle 2022

One of the newest big races on the calendar, The Golden Eagle holds one of the biggest purses in Australian racing! The 1,500m race for four-year-olds is under set weights conditions and held at Rosehill Racecourse on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day.

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The Golden Eagle Quick Facts

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DateSaturday, 29th October, 2022
Start TimeTBA
RacecourseRosehill Racecourse, Sydney, Australia
Distance1,500 metres
GradeNot a Group race
Prizemoney$8,000,000

The Golden Eagle Introduction

This race was brought into the calendar in 2019 by Racing NSW in a further attempt to compete with the Melbourne Spring Carnival, throwing massive amounts of prizemoney to owners, trainers and connections to keep their horses in Sydney. Not only that, but also to turn down lucrative money in breeding possibilities, hoping to extend their horses into a four-year-old season.

Due to its infancy as a race, it is not eligible to have group status. However, the prizemoney on offer is more than enough incentive for connections to consider sending their horse to The Golden Eagle. In 2022, the race will be held on Saturday, October 29th.

The Golden Eagle is a $8,000,000 race for four-year-olds over 1500m and is held at Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney. The race is the third richest race held in Australia, behind The Everest and the Melbourne Cup. Racing NSW announced a $500,000 increase in the prizemoney in October 2021, which now makes The Golden Eagle the second richest race in Australia, behind The Everest ($15m), but now above the Melbourne Cup ($7.75m).

The connections of each horse in the race get to select a charity which receives a donation in the amount of 10% of the prize money that they win. The winner receives $4,100,000 of the total prize pool, with $410,000 of that going to their selected charity and $3,690,000 going to connections.

Held under Set Weights conditions, The Golden Eagle benefits the more experienced and accomplished horses in the race, who have experience competing at a high level under different weights. Regardless of benchmark rating, every horse of each gender will be tasked with carrying the same weight.

I’m Thunderstruck won as $3.50 favourite in 2021, three weeks after winning the G1 Toorak Handicap during the Caulfield Cup Carnival. Colette won the race on a heavy 9 track in 2020 while Kolding won the inaugural Golden Eagle in 2019.

The Golden Eagle Tips 2022

The Golden Eagle is a fairly new race, especially compared to the other Spring Racing Carnival races like the Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup. But it’s interesting concept and large amount of prizemoney make it one of the most popular races that most Aussies like to have a casual punt on. Our expert tipsters will put together a short list of The Golden Eagle tips to look out for in the leadup to the big race.

Often attracting the best four-year-olds from around the country, and even from New Zealand, The Golden Eagle tips are often very different amongst tipsters. The field is still yet to be announced, but if you are after The Golden Eagle horse tips already, we will analyse some of the favourites in the futures markets.

The Golden Eagle Tips From Experts

Our tips are not out for the Golden Eagle in 2022 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the Golden Eagle is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2022 Golden Eagle.

You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned, or alternatively you can chat to The Shark to get the best tips for every day!

The Golden Eagle Trifecta Tips

Winning The Golden Eagle trifecta is not simple, to say the least. But there are definitely tips and tricks that you can consider to make punting a little bit easier.

The Golden Eagle Trifecta Tip 1

Don’t blindly trust other punters, always go with your gut when it comes to choosing your favourites. Do your own research and look at stats into runners you think may have a shot at the The Golden Eagle trifecta.

The Golden Eagle Trifecta Tip 2

If you’re a bit unsure where to start with your research, consider checking out The Golden Eagle form guide – bookies like Sportsbet and Neds have them available year-round.

The Golden Eagle Trifecta Tip 3

Consider placing a box trifecta as opposed to a straight trifecta. A box trifecta is great because it covers you in all combinations of finishing positions, once you’ve chosen three runners. It will cost a bit more money extra to place, but improves your chances of winning The Golden Eagle trifecta by a great amount.

Where to Place The Golden Eagle Trifecta?

You’re able to place The Golden Eagle trifecta through an online bookie – or in store at TAB. Online bookies often offer elite punting services – with plenty of fans placing a box trifecta with the 3 favourites in their bet.

Online bookies are also not subject to business hours or location – which means you’re able to place The Golden Eagle trifecta from your living room! Online bookies also offer a step-by-step guide into placing The Golden Eagle trifecta.

The Golden Eagle Betting 2022

The Golden Eagle betting presents a unique opportunity to find value with some inexperienced horses on the rise, or proven four-year-olds with a point to prove. There are a lot of important factors to consider before betting on The Golden Eagle. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:

Should I Bet On The Favourite in The Golden Eagle?

When looking at the three editions of The Golden Eagle, there has been a sub-$5 favourite in both years. Arcadia Queen finished 5th in 2019 at $3.30 and Funstar finished 17th in 2020 at $4.80. However, I’m Thunderstruck won as $3.50 favourite in 2021, being the first favourite to salute.

In 2019, Kolding was actually second favourite at $6 and went on to win while Colette was fourth favourite at $10 when she won last year. While they aren’t favourites, both were in the top four in betting and priced at $10 or less, indicating that the punters knew that they were definitely in with a chance.

There is also nothing wrong with backing an outside chance. In 2019, Sunlight (2nd) and Mizzy (3rd) were priced at $26 and $41 respectively while 2020 saw Dawn Passage run a third at $21. The trend continued in 2021 with Count De Rupee ($18) and Vangelic ($31) completing the minor placings. That is some incredible value and with some agencies offering bonus back, there is an opportunity to be a bit more risk averse with your betting.

Formlines from Lead Up Races

Given there has only been three years of The Golden Eagle, it is hard to find certain races that prove more successful than others in the lead up. However, both Colette and Kolding had three runs prior to winning The Golden Eagle and two of those three races happened to be the same.

Both contested the Group Two Tramway Stakes first up, with Kolding finishing 5th and Colette finishing 10th. They both then went to the Epsom third up, with Kolding winning in 2019 while Colette ran sixth. They both then had four weeks between runs after the Epsom, going into The Golden Eagle relatively fresh.

I’m Thunderstruck took a different approach, bringing Melbourne form into the race. He had a seven week freshen before attacking the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes first up, coming third, before then winning the Toorak Handicap. He then had three weeks between that win and his Golden Eagle win.

Gender & Weight

Given The Golden Eagle is run under Set Weights, there are typically only two weights that the race is run at, 57.5kg for colts/geldings and 55.5kg for mares. Kolding and I’m Thunderstruck, both males, carried 57.5kg to victory whilst Colette, a mare, carried 55.5kg.

When looking at the nine horses that have placed in The Golden Eagle, across the three years, there are five mares carrying 55.5kg and four males carrying 57.5kg. In both years, second place has been run by a mare.

The Golden Eagle Best Bets

You’re able to place The Golden Eagle trifecta through an online bookie – or in store at TAB. Online bookies often offer elite punting services – with plenty of fans placing a box trifecta with the 3 favourites in their bet.

Online bookies are also not subject to business hours or location – which means you’re able to place The Golden Eagle trifecta from your living room! Online bookies also offer a step-by-step guide into placing The Golden Eagle trifecta.

The Golden Eagle Bet Types

Below is a table that outlines the basics on how to bet on The Golden Eagle:

Bet TypeHow to Place This Type of Bet
Win BetPlace a bet on the horse you think will be the outright winner (1st place) in The 2021 Golden Eagle.
Place BetPlace a bet on the horse you think will place in the top three in The 2021 Golden Eagle. Pays less than a win bet, but the odds are safer.
Each-Way BetPlace a bet on the horse you think will win The Golden Eagle, with a safety net of a place bet. If your horse runs 1st, you will collect both the win and the place pay-out. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd, you will win only the place pay-out.
Quinella BetPlace a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st and 2nd in any order in The Golden Eagle.
Exacta BetPlace a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order in The Golden Eagle.
Trifecta BetPlace a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order in The Golden Eagle.
First FourPlace a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the correct order in The Golden Eagle.
QuaddiePlace a bet on the winners of four nominated races to win a quaddie. This means you have to select three other races apart from The Golden Eagle to place a quaddie.

The Golden Eagle Odds 2022

Long before The Golden Eagle field is officially announced – online bookies will open early markets, or all-in markets, for betting. This is prime time to place a punt on your horse, as you’re able to bet on strong contenders for The Golden Eagle at double-digit odds, with just two horses currently at single-figure odds.

The Golden Eagle odds will obviously fluctuate frequently in the lead up to the race, especially when horses come back to begin Spring and we can get a better idea of how they will be going this preparation.

Punting early on these markets can find you a favourite at prices much higher than their expected starting price, which will retain you a much higher return on investment. However, there is increased risk with doing this and you should be well aware.

Depending on when you place a futures bet on The 2022 Golden Eagle, your horse may not even run but you won’t get your money back, occurring when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the starting date.

If you are betting when it says ‘Before Noms’, you have the security of receiving your money back if your horse doesn’t run, but they could return from a spell in terrible form or with an underlying issue, seeing your bet potentially wasted and their odds balloon out even more.

It is still a while away meaning that it is hard to know which four-year-olds will run in the event. Most trainers will hope that their horses can either sprint their way into a slot for The Everest or prove that they can become a stayer and compete in either the Caulfield Cup or Cox Plate. However, we will keep you updated with which horses have this as their target, giving you more confidence to bet in futures markets.

The Golden Eagle Field 2022

The Golden Eagle field for 2022 is yet to be announced and is still some time away! It is hard to judge which four-year-olds will tackle the race or have other aspirations in the Spring. The final Golden Eagle field and barriers will be announced on Tuesday, October 25th. Until that time we are unable to confirm which horses will run in the race but we will let you know of any news and updates that trainers provide.

In 2019, the first year of the race, there were 16 horses in The Golden Eagle field but in 2020 and 2021 that increased to the capacity of 18.

Looking back at last year’s The Golden Eagle field, there were plenty of Group One winners and talented four-year-olds throughout, including some international four-year-olds brought out specifically for the race.

Have a look a below at the field for the 2021 race:

HorseBarrierJockeyTrainer
1. Private Eye (57.5kg)14Nash RawillerJoseph Pride
2. I’m Thunderstruck (57.5kg)8Hugh BowmanMick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
3. Aegon (57.5kg)17Jason CollettMurray Baker & Andrew Forsman
4. Apache Chase (57.5kg)5Jim ByrneDesleigh Forster
5. Aysar (57.5kg)12Jay FordBen & JD Hayes
6. Aim (57.5kg)11Andrew AdkinsPeter & Paul Snowden
7. Amish Boy (57.5kg)9Kathy O’HaraCiaron Maher & David Eustace
8. Exoboom (57.5kg)10Lee MagorrianPeter & Paul Snowden
9. Ellsberg (57.5kg)1Joshua ParrGerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
10. Love Tap (57.5kg)2Robbie DolanRichard & Michael Freedman
11. Count De Rupee (57.5kg)3Brock RyanRobert & Luke Price
12. Laws Of Indices (56.5kg)16Tommy BerryAnnabel Neasham
13. Maximal (56.5kg)18Alysha CollettJohn O’Shea
14. Reve De Vol (56.5kg)6Brodie LoyAnnabel Neasham
15. Forbidden Love (55.5kg)13Jean Van OvermeireRichard & Michael Freedman
16. Vangelic (55.5kg)4Tim ClarkGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
17. Media Award (55.5kg)7Jack MartinChris Calthorpe
18. Atishu (55.5kg)15Glyn SchofieldChris Waller

The Golden Eagle Barrier Draw

While The Golden Eagle barrier draw isn’t the be-all and end-all when it comes to being able to win the race, there are some clear trends that have occurred from the first two years of the race being run.

Kolding won in 2019 from barrier 4, Colette won in 2020 from barrier 6 and I’m Thunderstruck won from barrier 8 in 2021. Does that mean barrier 10 is next??

Maximal was a well fancied type in his Australian debut, considering his UK form, but drew the widest barrier and saw his odds blow out. He wasn’t able to overcome this on the day, finishing 2.55L back in 6th.

The Golden Eagle Results 2022

With the race yet to be run, we still don’t know what The Golden Eagle results for 2022 will be! However, check back in after the race and we will have all of the information on how the big race went and what the results are.

Looking back at the 2021 Golden Eagle results, I’m Thunderstruck beat home Count De Rupee in a photo, finishing 0.2L ahead. Vangelic was 1.7L back in third, just 0.06L ahead of Apache Chase in fourth.

I’m Thunderstruck was able to jump cleanly and sit midfield throughout the race but needed some luck at the top of the straight. He was fighting for a clear run but was able to get that at the 300m mark and began his descent on the leaders. He was still a length back at the 100m mark but Hugh Bowman kept encouraging him along, and he burst to the line.

You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at The Golden Eagle race in 2021:

Have a look below at the full results from the 2021 race:

FinishHorseJockeyLengths
1st2. I’m Thunderstruck (8)Hugh Bowman
2nd11. Count De Rupee (3)Brock Ryan0.2L
3rd16. Vangelic (4)Tim Clark1.7L
4th4. Apache Chase (5)Jim Byrne1.76L
5th12. Laws Of Indices (16)Tommy Berry1.77L
6th13. Maximal (18)Alysha Collett2.55L
7th9. Ellsberg (1)Joshua Parr2.99L
8th1. Private Eye (14)Nash Rawiller3.26L
9th10. Love Tap (2)Robbie Dolan3.83L
10th15. Forbidden Love (13)Jean Van Overmeire4.49L
11th14. Reve De Vol (6)Brodie Loy4.59L
12th18. Atishu (15)Glyn Schofield4.64L
13th5. Aysar (12)Jay Ford5.33L
14th7. Amish Boy (9)Kathy O’Hara5.61L
15th8. Exoboom (10)Lee Magorrian6.4L
16th17. Media Award (7)Jack Martin6.42L
17th3. Aegon (17)Jason Collett7.14L
18th6. Aim (11)Andrew Adkins 17.01L

The Golden Eagle Winners

The results for the upcoming The Golden Eagle are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:

YearWinnerSecondThird
2022TBATBATBA
2021I’m ThunderstruckCount De RupeeVangelic
2020ColetteIcebathDawn Passage
2019KoldingSunlightMizzy

The Golden Eagle Jockeys 2022

With many star hoops in Melbourne, given this race is on Victoria Derby Day, where there are four Group Ones at Flemington, it gives an opportunity for other jockeys to step up to the plate and seize the moment! To be a Golden Eagle jockey is a massive moment in their career, given the extremely high prizemoney on offer in the race.

In 2021, Hugh Bowman came back to Sydney, after riding Mo’unga in the Cox Plate the week earlier, to guide I’m Thunderstruck to victory. In 2020, little known jockey Koby Jennings steered Colette home to earn connections a $3,690,000 payday, and he will have received a decent chunk of that. In 2019, Glen Boss was lucky enough to be aboard Kolding and take home the chocolates, adding another big name race to his illustrious career.

While this year’s winner is yet to be decided, take a look back at previous winning jockeys of The Golden Eagle:

YearWinnerJockey
2022TBCTBC
2021I’m ThunderstruckHugh Bowman
2020ColetteKoby Jennings
2019KoldingGlen Boss

The Golden Eagle Trainers 2022

Given the status and prizemoney surrounding this race, there is no surprise to see the big name trainers dominate the first two runnings of The Golden Eagle. Chris Waller took out the inaugural race in 2019 while James Cummings, for Godolphin, was the winning Golden Eagle trainer in 2020. The training duo of Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) were able to train I’m Thunderstruck into good enough condition to win the race in 2021.

Given it is in the final week of the Spring Carnival, this is often the last race of the preparation for these four-year-olds, being their last effort before being spelled over the summer weeks. That means that The Golden Eagle trainers are doing everything they can to ensure that the horses are at the peak of their powers come raceday.

While this year’s winner is yet to be decided, take a look back at previous winning trainers of The Golden Eagle:

YearWinnerTrainer
2022TBCTBC
2021I’m ThunderstruckMick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
2020ColetteJames Cummings
2019KoldingChris Waller

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