Buffalo River Moves to Earn 2019 Golden Eagle Target

July 4, 2019

Buffalo River Moves to Earn 2019 Golden Eagle Target

The inaugural running of the $7.5 million Golden Eagle race this spring could be on the cards for progressive galloper Buffalo River should he salute in Saturday’s $135,000 Silver Bowl Series Final (1600m) at Flemington.

Buffalo River. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Buffalo River chases a shot at the $7.5 million The Golden Eagle in Sydney this November. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Michael Moroney-trained son of Noble Mission has won his last three starts and is out to continue his winning ways when stepping out over the mile for the first time on the weekend.

A US-bred import, Buffalo River has had just the two runs down under with Moroney and Saturday sees the untapped gelding make his first race appearance at his home track at Flemington on the back of those two impressive front-running victories.

Buffalo River was a reasonable buy by connections for £180,000 who have some big spring assignments in mind should the horse salute in the Silver Bowl Final.

He was originally sought out as a Group 1 $3.5 million Cox Plate (2040m) type in late October at Moonee Valley, but could also head towards the lucrative The Golden Eagle over 1500m at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday November 2.

“We thought he was a 2000m horse and we sold [shares in] him on the proviso that he might be a Cox Plate horse. You have got to have a race that you’re aiming at to put people into a horse,” Moroney told Racenet this week.

“If you look back on his form now, he was very cheap.

“He ran third at his first start behind a horse that went on and won a Group I and the second horse in the race ended up running fourth in the English Derby.

“If wins and comes through it [the Silver Bowl Final] OK, the first thing that we said to people was that he could make the race in Sydney, the four-year-old race, the Golden Eagle.

“I might send him to the farm for a while, but he’d have to win this and win well.

“We have just been taking it a race at a time, but he keeps stepping up.

“He’s a hard goer and that’s why they sold him.

[His former trainer] John Gosden was straight-up with us and said they sold him because he was pretty hard-going, he needed gelding and relaxing.

“He’s starting to relax a bit in his training and was a bit better in his last race.

“We don’t really work him with other horses because he is such a hard goer so it’s hard to get a line on him, but he is showing a lot of potential.”

Current pre-nomination The Golden Eagle betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is led by the now Chris Waller-trained WA expat Arcadia Queen ($4).

The gun filly beat home her older rivals by four and a half lengths at Ascot last start in early December when becoming an elite-level winner in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).

She is also a confirmed The Everest horse representing The Star in the world’s richest turf race, the $14 million event running for the third time on October 19 at Royal Randwick.

For all the best spring racing odds on The Golden Eagle and The Everest 2019 head to Ladbrokes.com.au today.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Caulfield Cup 2019 Field Loses...

Caulfield Cup Form 2019: Two W...

Caulfield Cup Form 2019: Two Words On Each Horse

It’s the 142nd running of the Caulfield Cup this weekend and ahead of what is...

2019 Caulfield Cup Tips: Caulf...

2019 Caulfield Cup Tips: Caulfield Cup Winner, Each Way & Roughie Picks

The Caulfield Cup 2019 tips are starting to flood in as the countdown to the...

2019 Caulfield Cup Barriers &#...

2019 Caulfield Cup Barriers & Betting Update: Finche Draws Wide

The Chris Waller-trained favourite in Caulfield Cup 2019 betting for this...

2019 The Everest Betting Updat...

2019 The Everest Betting Update: Favourites Draw Good Gates

The top three horses in The Everest 2019 betting for this Saturday in Sydney...

Horse Racing Today

Trekking Earns Final Slot in 2...

$7.5 million Golden Eagle Call...

$7.5 million Golden Eagle Calls for Silver Eagle Winner The Inevitable

Scott Brunton’s tiny Tassie raider The Inevitable may be diminutive in stature...

2019 Toorak Handicap Winner Fi...

2019 Toorak Handicap Winner Fierce Impact Improves Stud Value

Sydney horseman Matthew Smith celebrated his second career Group 1 win with...

Newnham Eyeing Victoria Derby ...

Newnham Eyeing Victoria Derby for 2019 Spring Champion Stakes Winner Shadow Hero

The feature race of the day lived up to the hype on Saturday at Randwick as...

2019 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guine...

2019 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Results: Super Seth Beats Alligator Blood

Just when it looked like the Prelude winner Alligator Blood was home again, a...

Race Results

Trekking Earns Final Slot in 2019 The Everest Field: Schillaci Stakes Results

$7.5 million Golden Eagle Calls for Silver Eagle Winner The Inevitable

2019 Toorak Handicap Winner Fierce Impact Improves Stud Value

Newnham Eyeing Victoria Derby for 2019 Spring Champion Stakes Winner Shadow Hero

2019 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Results: Super Seth Beats Alligator Blood

Race Previews

Caulfield Cup Form 2019: Two Words On Each Horse

2019 Caulfield Cup Tips: Caulfield Cup Winner, Each Way & Roughie Picks

2019 Caulfield Cup Barriers & Betting Update: Finche Draws Wide

Caulfield Cup 2019 Field Confirmed: Wolfe Gains Start

2019 The Everest Betting Update: Favourites Draw Good Gates

Fields & Form

Caulfield Cup 2019 Field Loses Crown Prosecutor: Sound In

2019 Caulfield Cup Barriers & Betting Update: Finche Draws Wide

Caulfield Cup 2019 Field Confirmed: Wolfe Gains Start

2019 The Everest Betting Update: Favourites Draw Good Gates

Likely 2019 Caulfield Cup Field