Golden Eagle to help Racing NSW’s image
HORSE RACING: If all publicity is good publicity, Racing NSW is on top of the world.
Australia’s most innovative board got the sport in the public eye again this week with the announcement of the $7.5m Golden Eagle.
Open to four-year-olds, the race carries more prizemoney than the Melbourne Cup, and is being staged on one of Melbourne’s premier days, Derby day. Naturally that got Racing Victoria into action, who took offence to the timing of the contest. Many figures have been touted about in relation to The Everest, and how it actually saw an increase in betting turnover at the “rival” Caulfield meet on the same day.
Having another huge race in the market is great for the sport, and while you can debate the technicalities, you can’t deny it will provide another bumper crowd in November.
PETER SCHMIDT (SDSP) MATERIAL MAN (ASCOT RACE 8 NO 2)
Ran superbly first-up behind Galaxy Star and will be fitter in stepping up to 1800m. Drawn to sit on the pace, and will give the fancied Williams pair plenty to chase.
NICK INMON (BUSHKIDS) CASINO FOURTEEN (PAKENHAM RACE 2 NO 4)
Looks to have grown a leg since its last spell and was exceptional when winning at Donald in a similar field last start. Has drawn wide but should be just winning on paper.
Horse racing was thrust into the spotlight this week, with the announccement of the $7.5m Golden Eagle.