Golden Ea­gle to join The Ever­est in re­vamped Syd­ney Spring

The Sportsman Weekend - - News -

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.

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