Golden Eagle to join The Everest in revamped Sydney Spring
RACING NSW and the Australian Turf Club announced on Wednesday, the launch of a unique, new race – The Golden Eagle – to be run at Rosehill Gardens which will spearhead an expansion of the Spring Carnival in Sydney.
The Golden Eagle, carrying prizemoney of $7.5 million, will be run over 1500m at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 2 November 2019.
The race is open only to fouryear-olds and will be run at setweight conditions. Of the $7.5 million prizemoney for the race, 10% will be donated to charity.
“The Golden Eagle is first feature race on the Australian Racing Calendar exclusively for four-year-old horses,” said Racing
NSW Chairman, Mr Russell Balding AO.
“We believe The Golden Eagle will be attractive in retaining our top three-year-olds to race on as four-year-olds and benefit the racing industry, underpinning the strength of racing in NSW and Australia more broadly.
“The Golden Eagle strengthens our spring carnival and provides a further highlight for spring racing in Sydney.
“It also opens up the possibility of attracting runners from diverse form lines including The Everest, the Sydney Stakes and the Epsom Handicap,” Mr Balding added.
The Golden Eagle will also be the third leg of the new Golden Slam at Rosehill, with a $5 million bonus offered to any horse that can win the Golden Slipper at two, the Golden Rose at three and The Golden Eagle as a fouryear-old.
“The is an exciting development, which will bring together the best sprintermilers of their generation at an age when they have fully matured,” said ATC Chairman, Mr Matt McGrath.
“We are excited by The Golden Eagle, which alongside Rosehill’s other great races in the Golden Slipper and Golden Rose, creates a Golden Slam that only champions can dream of,” Mr McGrath continued.
“We want to bring another major event the western suburbs of Sydney.
“In The Golden Eagle, we have provided a race that is also a celebration of the west of Sydney,” said Racing NSW Chief Executive, Mr Peter V’landys AM.
“Now having the third richest race on turf in world behind The Everest and France’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Sydney’s west has the perfect day to celebrate,” Mr V’landys concluded.