Golden Eagle 2019 Field & Odds Update: Arcadia Queen Favourite

October 30, 2019

Golden Eagle 2019 Field & Odds Update: Arcadia Queen Favourite

Chris Waller’s The Everest flop Arcadia Queen is tipped to return to form getting back up to her better distance for the inaugural running of the country’s second richest race – the $7.5 million Golden Eagle in Sydney on Saturday.

Arcadia Queen. Photo: Steve Hart.

Arcadia Queen is clear favourite in Golden Eagle 2019 betting for Sydney on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Last start the daughter of Pierro was one of the best-backed runners in the $14 million The Everest (1200m).

The 1200m was too sharp for the Perth expat however and Arcadia Queen finished second last (11th) behind her gun young stablemate, three-year-old champion Yes Yes Yes.

She now takes to the Rosehill track for the first running of the Golden Eagle (1500m) for four-year-olds and third-up over the distance looks ideal.

As a filly Arcadia Queen annihilated her rivals by 4.5 lengths in WA’s Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes (1800m) before a first-up win at Rosehill in mid-September’s Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m).

With The Everest behind her she is now the firming $2.80 favourite in The Golden Eagle betting at Ladbrokes.com.au with James McDonald aboard from a gun barrier five draw.

The Golden Eagle 2019 field is down to 16 runners after Waller withdrew his widely-drawn chance Zousain (12).

Along with the best in betting, the star Sydney-based horseman will also be represented in the Golden Eagle by the in-form Kolding drawn one closer to the rails in barrier four.

Big race specialist Glen Boss rides the $5.50 chance as the son of Ocean Park backs up off his narrow victory in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) on October 5.

In the Epsom Kolding carried just 50.5kg to victory and it is a notable rise up to 57.5kg on Saturday.

Still he looks a genuine winning hope again with the Epsom form franked when runner-up Te Akau Shark rounded out last weekend’s Group 1 Cox Plate trifecta finishing third behind champion Japanese raider Lys Gracieux.

Kolding has also won a subsequent Rosehill trial to keep him fit and firing ahead of Saturday’s feature race.

A further three hopefuls are under $10 to become history’s first Golden Eagle winner including Brutal ($5) who suffered an early blow drawing the extreme outside barrier.

Jockey Tommy Berry continues his association on the consistent Team Hawkes-trained O’Reilly stallion, winner of the autumn’s Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) as a three-year-old lightweight earlier in the year.

Brutal won the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) first-up this spring carrying 58.5kg to victory before his close third when a quarter-length beaten as the odds-on favourite in the Group 3 Sydney Stakes (1200m).

He should appreciate getting back up to 1500m here but needs luck from the barrier.

The Everest sixth placedgetter Classique Legend ($7.50) drawn the rails and the flying Silver Eagle winner The Inevitable ($9.50) in gate three round out the single-figure chances in the Golden Eagle odds.

See below for the full Golden Eagle 2019 field and barriers, updated markets available here courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2019 Golden Eagle Final Field & Barrier Draw

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 11x3621x13 BRUTAL (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 17 57.5kg 112
2 1131×236 CLASSIQUE LEGEND Les Bridge Kerrin McEvoy 1 57.5kg 110
3 331111×511 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 4 57.5kg 108
4 x11118x111 THE INEVITABLE Scott Brunton Nash Rawiller 3 57.5kg 107
5 154134×324 GEM SONG Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 9 57.5kg 104
6 x422x20x69 ZOUSAIN Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 12 57.5kg 102
7 1x272x2418 BEHEMOTH David Jolly Todd Pannell 8 57.5kg 96
8 41x6121x75 MILITARY ZONE Peter & Paul Snowden Andrew Adkins 13 57.5kg 96
9 4x3923x560 JONKER David Atkins Robbie Dolan (a) 2 57.5kg 94
10 732787118x FUN FACT Bjorn Baker Brandon Lerena 10 57.5kg 82
11 2x1841115x BEAT LE BON (FR) Richard Hannon Pat Dobbs 15 56.5kg 104
12 217x11x52 NEVER NO MORE (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Pierre-Charles Boudot 7 56.5kg 103
13 6x1156013x I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Michael O’Callaghan Leigh Roche 14 56.5kg 95
14 x3113x5310 SUNLIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 16 55.5kg 116
15 113111×10 ARCADIA QUEEN Chris Waller James McDonald 5 55.5kg 110
16 31446×1113 MIZZY Anthony Cummings Jason Collett 6 55.5kg 110
17 111×22 FASIKA Joseph Pride Ms Rachel King 11 55.5kg 104

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