Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle Race

Golden Eagle Snapshot

Date: Oct 31, 2020
Racecourse: Rosehill
Race Distance: 1500m
Prize Money: $7,500,000

The Golden Eagle is a $7.5 million race for four-year-old horses that is held at Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney. The race is one of the richest on turf and 10% of the prize money is given to nominated charities. It covers 1500m, has set weights and in 2020, will be held on Saturday, October 31.

The Chris Waller-trained Kolding won the inaugural running of the Golden Eagle in 2019. Sunlight and Mizzy finishing second and third respectively, with Behemoth rounding out the first four. After the victory, Kolding took no further part in the spring and did not run again in 2019.

Racing NSW continues to increase its efforts to build up their Spring Racing Carnival in a bid to take some of the spotlight away from Victoria. Part of that push was the introduction of the Golden Eagle, which was first introduced in 2019. Should a horse win the Golden Slipper, Golden Rose and Golden Eagle, they would take home a $5 million bonus.

Each runner in the Golden Eagle must nominate a charity of choice that is accredited by Racing NSW. This is because 10% of the $7.5 million prize money goes to charity.

Kolding clocked 1:28.28 to win the 2019 Golden Eagle, and although it was a solid time it was still over a second behind the track record. In 1998, Shindig ran the Rosehill 1500m track record with a time of 1:27.21.

Golden Eagle Prize Money

Finish positionPrizemoney
1st$4,100,000
2nd$1,500,000
3rd$750,000
4th$376,000
5th$180,000
6th$100,000
7th$100,000
8th$100,000
9th$60,000
10th$60,000
11th-16th $4,000 each$24,000
Equine Welfare Fund$75,000
Jockeys Welfare Fund$75,000
Total$7,500,000

2020 Golden Eagle

The 2020 Golden Eagle took place over 1500m on a very rain affected Rosehill track.

The Heavy 9 track rating played right into the hands of Goldolphin mare Colette, making a late dive to grab the well supported Ice Bath.

The win made it 3 wins from 3 attempts on Heavy ground for the James Cummings trained daughter of Hallowed Crown and was the first win under 1600m distance range!

Speaking to media after the race Cumming’s said his Star mare “Savaged the line”
“She looked like (her dam) Hallowed Crown there those last 100m”

“We’ve managed to get this mare absolutely spot on for the day.

“This farm has produced the most amazing crop of horses. This crop of horses we’ve got now have won the Golden Gift, the Golden Slipper and we’ve just topped it off with the Grand Slam in the Golden Eagle”

Golden Eagle Favourite

Race favourite Funstar was forced to work early to cross and lead from a wide barrier, this showed as she faded from the 250m to finish more then 11 lengths off the winner.

Colt hero and Fan Favourite Alligator Blood was supported in early markets before a late drift to around $10, unfortunately for punters who jumped at the juicy odds late he was discovered to be lame.

After some scan’s trainer David Vandyke confirmed a degenerative condition, Kissing Spines, which required surgery and means we are unlikely to see AB in the Autumn!

Golden Eagle Results

(Golden Eagle Odds based on Vic Tote)

2020 Golden Eagle Winner:

1st – Colette $9.90 / $3.40
2nd – Icebath $3.10
3rd – Dawn Passage $5.60
4th – All Saints’ Eve

Quinella: $40.40
Exacta: $90.40
Trifecta: $2,258.60
First Four: $45,921.00

2020 Golden Eagle Field, Barrier Draw and Odds

NumberHorse / Jockey / Trainer / WeightWin OddsPlace Odds
1Alligator Blood (15)J: Ryan Maloney 57.5kg T: David Vandyke6.52.4
2Brandenburg (14)J: Regan Bayliss 57.5kg T: J G Sargent317.5
3Superstorm (19)J: Joshua Parr 57.5kg T: G & A Williams175
4Dawn Passage (16)J: Tim Clark 57.5kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott195.5
5Riodini (7)J: Brenton Avdulla 57.5kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott134
6Windstorm (8)J: Glyn Schofield 57.5kg T: G & A Williams216
7Reloaded (11)J: Robbie Dolan 57.5kg T: C J Waller7118
8Just Thinkin' (21)J: Ms Kathy O'hara 57.5kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott6115
9Bottega (4)J: James Innes Jnr 57.5kg T: G Ryan & S Alexiou164.8
10Criaderas (10)J: Unknown 57.5kg T: James Cummings175
11Flit (17)J: Unknown 55.5kg T: James Cummings144.2
12Funstar (22)J: Tommy Berry 55.5kg T: C J Waller4.81.95
13Colette (6)J: Unknown 55.5kg T: James Cummings93
14Subpoenaed (2)J: Jay Ford 55.5kg T: C J Waller267
15Emeralds (18)J: Jason Collett 55.5kg T: J G Sargent267
16Sierra Sue (1)J: Nash Rawiller 55.5kg T: T Busuttin & N Young123.8
17All Saints' Eve (3)J: Sam Clipperton 55.5kg T: J A O'shea348
18Icebath (5)J: Unknown 55.5kg T: Brad Widdup216
19Stockman (9)J: Unknown 57.5kg T: Joseph Pride10126
20Enchanted Heart (13)J: Unknown 55.5kg T: K A Lees20134
21Fender (12)J: Unknown 57.5kg T: B F Cavanough12626
22Air To Air (20)J: Unknown 55.5kg T: J C Coyle20134

2019 Golden Eagle Results

1st – Kolding (1:28.28)
2nd – Sunlight – 0.4L
3rd – Mizzy – 1.7L
4th – Behemoth – 1.8L

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