Golden Eagle to help Rac­ing NSW’s im­age

Warwick Daily News - - SPORT -

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.

Photo: Ali Kuchel

Horse rac­ing was thrust into the spot­light this week, with the an­nounc­ce­ment of the $7.5m Golden Eagle.

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