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2022 Silver Eagle Runner By Runner Preview, Odds & Tips

*Note: In 2022, the Silver Eagle will be held on Saturday 15th October at Randwick Racecourse after the original date of the race on 8th October at Randwick was abandoned due to the poor weather in Sydney.*

Held over 1300m at Royal Randwick Racecourse, the Silver Eagle is a special conditions race for four-year-olds only. Introduced to the Sydney Spring Racing calendar in 2019, the $1m feature is vastly becoming a key race in its own right, and the first three across the line become exempt from ballot in the $7.5m Golden Eagle, run in three weeks time. Last year’s Silver Eagle was taken out by Aim, who went around at big odds ($31), with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.

Looking at this year’s market, Dabble has the Team Hawkes trained, Mr Mozart, favourite at $3.80. A host of runners including; Espiona ($6.00), Startantes ($6.50), Waterford ($6.50) and Vilana ($8.50) are also in contention according to the market.

As the market suggests, this year’s Silver Eagle is anyone’s race. So, we have dissected each of the horses’ chances for you and provided our horse racing tips! Read on below to find our runner by runner preview of the 2022 Silver Eagle along with The Shark’s best tips. 

1. Mr Mozart (1) – $3.80F
Jockey – Brenton Avdulla 57.5kg
Trainer – Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes

Rolled forward and was only nabbed late in the Theo Marks first up. Should be fitter here and will roll forward from the inside gate. Not overly keen to take the price on offer but concede he is a winning hope.

2. Startantes (2) – $6.50
Jockey – Damian Lane 56.5kg
Trainer – Robert Heathcote

Got to the line well first up in the Sheraco behind Shades Of Rose before finding nothing but backsides in the Golden Pendant last start. Brings some solid form lines into this and looks to get a gun run here. Big chance.

3. Vilana (9) – $8.50
Jockey – Nash Rawiller 56.5kg
Trainer – James Cummings

Resumes here after finishing midfield in the Stradbroke. Had the benefit of two trials leading into this and has a liking for wet tracks. Must be considered.

4. Kiss Sum (6) – $11
Jockey – Kerrin McEvoy 56.5kg
Trainer – Tracey Bartley

Resuming. Rounded out last prep with a dominant win in the Gunsynd Classic at Eagle Farm. Should be ready to go off the back of two trials and handles all conditions. Each-way chance.

5. Flying Crazy (13) – $51
Jockey – Keegan Latham 56kg
Trainer – Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou

Got back and never threatened first up in the Weetwood at Toowoomba. Rise in trip suits but recent form isn’t strong enough to win this.

6. Ranch Hand (10) – $71
Jockey – Jay Ford 56kg
Trainer – Chris Waller

Wanted to lay in and weakened late last start behind Top Ranked in the Bill Ritchie. Not racing as well as he can but could improve with the blinkers back on here.

7. Brigantine (17) – $21
Jockey – Rachel King 56kg
Trainer – James Cummings

Got back and swept home to record a strong win first up in BM88 grade first up. Form around Fangirl and Hilal last prep is good for a race like this. Outside gate is not ideal but should be respected on recent form.

8. Loch Eagle (5) – $11
Jockey – William Pike 56kg
Trainer – Kris Lees

Came from last on the turn to score well first up in BM78 grade. Wasn’t far away from some key rivals here last prep and has a brilliant record on soft and heavy tracks. Will get a soft run from the gate and will be strong late. Each-way claims.

9. Maurice’s Medad (12) – $71
Jockey – Craig Williams 56kg
Trainer – Bjorn Baker

Ran well first up behind Finepoint here at Rosehill two weeks ago. Will roll forward from the gate here and can handle all conditions. May find a few of these a bit too sharp in the concluding stages but can run a cheeky race at odds.

10. Waterford (18) – $6.50
Jockey – Hugh Bowman 56kg
Trainer – Chris Waller

Big win first up at Rosehill followed by another strong win here last start, which kept his unbeaten Australian record intact. Comes into this a month between runs but has trialled since to keep him ticking over. He’s one from one on the heavy and looks to have plenty of upside going forward. One of the main hopes.

11. Cotehele (7) – $34
Jockey – Tom Sherry 56kg
Trainer – John O’Shea

Resumes here after a BM78 win on heavy ground at the end of last prep. This looks a tough ask first up but has trialled very well and can run a bold race at big odds.

12. Tonneofgrit (11) – $126
Jockey – Jim Byrne 56kg
Trainer – Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes

Resumes here off the back of two recent barrier trials. Looks a tough essay first up and would need to find on his best form if he was to take home the winners trophy.

13. Lavish Girl (15) – $16
Jockey – Sam Clipperton 55.5kg
Trainer – Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

Trialled well before a good first up effort in the How Now at Caulfield on a heavy track. Will be sent forward from the wide gate and her recent form suggests she should be more than competitive.

14. Espiona (14) – $6.00
Jockey – Brett Prebble 54.5kg
Trainer – Chris Waller

*This horse has since been scratched.*

Had excuses first up before an improved effort in the Golden Pendant last start. Will have to go back from the wide gate but should be peaking third up here and will relish the wet ground. Must include.

15e. Global Ausbred (8) – $126
Jockey – N/A 56kg
Trainer – Brad Widdup

Finished midfield in the Qld Derby before a spell. Looked good in two recent barrier trials but he looks a bit out of his depth first up in this field.

16e. Jimmy The Bear (16) – $23
Jockey – Chad Schofield 56kg
Trainer – Patrick Payne

Consistent galloper who was good last start behind Cardinal Gem who has since won again. Unbeaten at 1300m and shouldn’t be far away in previous efforts.

17e. War Eternal (4) – $34
Jockey – N/A 56kg
Trainer – Bjorn Baker

Failed to make an impression in the Epsom last start. Tends to mix his form and might find this a bit tough.

18e. Stray (19) – $91
Jockey – Dylan Gibbons (a) 54kg
Trainer – Anthony Cummings

Steps up from BM72 grade last start where she was well beaten and best form is over further. Not keen.

19e. In The Congo (3) – $9.00
Jockey – N/A 58.5kg
Trainer – Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Offered little in the McEwen first up at Moonee Valley. Trialled well since and can figure if he runs up to his best form, but looks an unlikely starter.

Final Word

A competitive full field will greet the starter in this year’s Silver Eagle and although rain has eased this week, the track will still be in the soft/heavy range.

Going with Tatts Tiara winner, Startantes, on top here. She got to the line well first up behind Shades Of Rose before a luckless midfield finish in the Golden Pendant last start. She is effective on wet ground and will get a nice run in transit from the good gate. Chris Waller has a strong hand in the race with Waterford and Espiona who both look strong winning chances. 

Loch Eagle loves the wet, Brigantine was good first up, as was Lavish Girl, and Cotehele has trialled super and could run a big race at odds. Happy to go around Mr Mozart who has been well found in the market and has to carry top weight in a competitive field.

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2. Startantes – Each-way ($6.50/$2.40)

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*Odds correct at time of writing, courtesy of Dabble.

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2021 Silver Eagle Runner By Runner Preview, Odds & Tips

The 1,300m Silver Eagle is set to take place this Saturday, 9th of October at Randwick Racecourse. There is a field exclusively 4 year olds and there are 14 runners, plus one emergency ready to do battle. The winner, 2nd and 3rd placed horses of the Silver Eagle get an exemption from the ballot for the Golden Eagle. The Golden Eagle is set to take place at the end of the month, with a mammoth amount of prizemoney available, $7.5 million to be exact! So, there is a lot to play for here!

Have a read below at our runner-by-runner preview for the Silver Eagle:

1. Our Playboy (15) – Scratched

2. Exoboom (2) – $14
Jockey – Sam Clipperton
Trainer – Peter & Paul Snowden

Yet to be tested even at Group 2 level, and was slightly off the pace in last start at Randwick on a soft track. Tends to be better second up, but not too sure Exoboom has got the goods to win this race with the other quality runners. Happy to give a miss.

3. Prime Star  (14) – $17
Jockey – Glen Boss
Trainer – Richard & Michael Freedman

Finished 5th in last start, and was fading at the end of the race, which was 1,400m. Has only won at 1,100m, so not sure if the 1,300m will  be suitable. Nine attempts at Randwick, with no wins to Prime Star’s name. Look elsewhere.

4. Amish Boy (13) – $7.50
Jockey – James McDonald
Trainer – Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

Finished 9th in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes last start, but has placed at Group 1 level before, at the Newmarket Handicap in March. The tempo should suit Amish Boy, and could be right in this.

5. Aim (7) – $27
Jockey – Hugh Bowman
Trainer – Peter & Paul Snowden

Returns from a 19 week spell, but after watching Aim in trials, there is certainly some potential here. Has won three times in total throughout career. Think there are better runners in the Silver Eagle to choose from.

6. Ellsberg (6) – $6.00F
Jockey – Joshua Parr
Trainer – Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 

Liking the look of this horse, solid barrier and will likely look to lead, or take a good position to strike just when the time is right. Currently in a three way tie for favorite, and Ellsberg has a good strike rate when starting as favourite, winning three of six. Won last start at Rosehill (1,400m), think Ellsberg is a serious player.

7. Triple Ace (12) – $18
Jockey – Alysha Collett
Trainer – Kris Lees

Last four races have seen Triple Ace finish first twice, and second twice. So certainly cannot be looked over and has come in slightly in the odds, but this is going to be a step up in quality and don’t think this is a race Triple Ace can win.

8. Count De Rupee (8) – $6.00F
Jockey – Regan Bayliss
Trainer – Robert & Luke Price

He won first up at Kembla Grange about a month ago in very nice fashion indeed, so probably deserves to be the equal favourite. The trainers are really happy with how he is going at the moment and they are also happy with the barrier he has drawn. Actually has a better strike rate as favourite compared to Ellsberg, and has won all races where he starts as favourite. Will be right up there.

9. Tramonto (11) – $41
Jockey – Andrew Adkins
Trainer – Jonny Field

Drifting in the odds and currently has the longest odds to win the Silver Eagle. Will need a lot of things to go the 4 year olds way in order to have a chance to win the race. There are plenty of others in the field who have a better shot at winning the race.

10. Blondeau (9) – $16
Jockey – Jason Collett
Trainer – Chris Waller

Had placed at Group 2 level, and last win was 11 weeks ago. Came second last start, at a BM88, and will likely enjoy the tempo, however the rise in distance is slightly questionable. Give this one a miss.

11. Equation (4) – $6.00
Jockey – Tommy Berry
Trainer – Annabel Neasham

Odds have shortened and now stands as one of the three favourites for this race. Hasn’t been tested at Group level at all, and this field may be too difficult to overcome. In saying that, Equation has won three of four attempts in the current campaign, so will have a lot of confidence going into this one. Must be considered for a place chance.

12. High Supremacy (NZ) (1) – $12
Jockey – Nash Rawiller
Trainer – Richard & Michael Freedman

Won last start at BM78, and has two placings at Group 3 level. Will need things to go according to plan, but certainly in with a chance for this one. High Supremacy will enjoy the tempo and could be difficult to stop if the space opens up down the straight.

13. Sammy (10) – $26
Jockey – Kerrin McEvoy
Trainer – Kris Lees

Seems like Sammy loves the Newcastle track, and has won last two starts there. Has got good form coming into this race, and odds have come in. Pop in your exotics, and Sammy presents good value!

14. Vangelic (5) – $6.50
Jockey – Tim Clark
Trainer – Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Probably one of the most experienced horses when it comes to Group level, and has competed in 11 Group races, and placed in five of them. Also has seen odds come in, and think is a genuine chance to win this race. Vangelic will look to lead, and I think there are only a few horses in this race that have the ability to catch Vangelic. Strong win chance.

15e. Kiku (3) – Scratched

Final Word

Well, this race making things tricky for punters as it is a really open race, and there are currently three equal favourites! Majority of the runners in the Silver Eagle have a genuine chance of winning this race. But at the end of the day, I think Vangelic will be too good for the rest of them. The experience and speed will ensure that Vangelic keeps all others in the field at bay.

Best Flight Stakes Tip: Vangelic – Win ($6.50)

There is plenty Group One racing happening this weekend! You can see the other runner-by-runner previews for each Group One this weekend, just click on one of the links below:

*Odds correct at time of publication, courtesy of Sportsbet.