NSW Racing has attempted to hijack Derby Day like they did Cox Plate and they have put together a nice little card to be fair.
The $460 million Golden Eagle is the feature event of the day and it has attracted a good field of quality horses.
Our tips and preview for 2019 Golden Eagle day can be found here.
Faretti was excellent at Listed level last week when he was only beaten 1.4 lengths behind Diamond Thunder. He is a strong and well balanced colt who steps out to 1400m for the first time. Will appreciate the step back in grade.
I don’t want to lose on the race if Indy Car can make it two from two. He came from last at Newcastle and stormed clear to win easily and the step up to 1400m looks ideal for him.
Recommend going and grabbing some lunch during this race however if you must have a bet, and I’m sure I probably will, I thought Zardoro was over the odds in the Highway race. He was blocked for a run at a crucial stage last time out and although he wouldn’t have won, it halted his momentum enough to ruin his chances.
Sir Pippin looks to have more upside than a lot of these others that are contesting this benchmark 88 race. His win at Caulfield back in April over the mile was very impressive and if he can find that form fresh, he will be tough to beat. He has had two nice trials leading into this first up assignment and he has drawn well.
Agent Pippa is a lightly raced mare that looks very progressive. She has been excellent when competing at this level so far this prep including when she led all the way to score in quite a hot race last time out at Randwick. She has drawn well and should get a nice ride from Nash Rawiller who is riding really well at the moment.
This lightly raced four year old mare strung together three impressive wins before finishing down the track in the Group 3 Tibbie at Newcastle last start. That was a step too far at this stage in her career however she will appreciate the step back in grade. If she can ping the gates from the inside draw, balance up and string them along coming into the straight, she will be tough to run down.
This a very tricky little race and I’ve landed on Le Juge at a big price. I’m not convinced he runs a strong 2000m however he was doing his best work late at Randwick last start and is ready to peak at his fifth run this prep. Worth a little each way play.
This is really a battle of trying to work out who will run a strong 1500m and who is just having a throw at the stumps. Kolding took out the Epsom Handicap in dominant fashion last start and I think he is one of the best prospects in Australian Racing right now. He is only a lightly raced horse and he can really take another step to becoming a star of the turf by winning the inaugural Golden Eagle.
Trekking was excellent when finishing third in The Everest two weeks ago and he should be ready to peak at his fourth run this prep. He has an enormous turn of foot late in his races and the step up to 1300m should be a real benefit to the horse.
Are we going to let Le Romain go around at $16? Not without me having something on we won’t. If there is little pace on up front the seven year old can sit just in behind them from a good draw and pounce late! Each way all day.
Outrageous has form around Kolding from the Brisbane Winter carnival as well as Zoutori. Both of those horses have gone on and been competitive at a much higher level than Outrageous finds in a race like this. He was only narrowly denied first up at Randwick and he has drawn to get a lovely run in transit to finish the day on a high note!