The inaugural running of the $7.5 million Golden Eagle headlines the card in Sydney on Saturday.
There is no denying that the racing in Victoria at this time of year has lengths on the racing in New South Wales and the Golden Eagle does have a little bit of that ‘buying friends’ feel to it, but ultimately it has worked and we’re faced with a terrific field and betting race at Rosehill.
I’m going to give an honourable mention to Gem Song at $41, but my 2019 Golden Eagle tips can be found below.
- 2 Units straight out #15 Arcadia Queen
- Boxed Trifecta of the selections below
I was shocked when I first heard that Arcadia Queen was being set for a run in The Everest, because her form over a longer trip has been nothing short of devastating and surely the Golden Eagle was in fact tailored to her. As expected, she found the country’s best sprinters a bit too sharp a couple of weeks ago, but she’s surely taken improvement from the hit-out and gets perfect conditions here. J Mac aboard and the ideal barrier 5, I couldn’t take the opening price of $4 quick enough.
Brutal is another horse that will relish getting out to 1500m third-up and he is arguably the Golden Eagle field’s classiest horse. The son of O’reilly has barely run a bad race since debuting and finished second behind Winx at this point of his preparation last time in, before famously winning the Donny. His first-up run this time was immense and I think he might have suffered from just a little bit of ‘second-up syndrome’ in the Sydney Stakes. He’ll need luck from the carpark, but he’s clearly up to it.
Epsom Handicap winner Kolding has clearly returned to the races in career-best form this time and would not look out of place in the Golden Eagle winner’s stall. The son of Ocean Park stamped himself as one to watch with an impressive win in the Queensland Guineas in winter but clearly, he’s another horse that has gone to another level this time. He’s drawn a peach in barrier 4 and Bossy retains the ride.
The Inevitable has not done a single thing wrong this time, and he can give the Tasmanians another thing to cheer about in the Golden Eagle. The talented son of Dundeel won a couple of the Apple Isle’s good races earlier this year and crossed Bass Strait for a smart win in the Group 3 CS Hayes most-notably during his three-year-old season. There is no denying that he has returned to the track a far-more furnished prospect this time however and is three from three, which have included a Listed race and the Silver Eagle. He’s rock-hard fit and could enjoy the run of the race.