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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.
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.
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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