2020 The Golden Eagle Field: Favourite Funstar Draws Outside Barrier

October 27, 2020

2020 The Golden Eagle Field: Favourite Funstar Draws Outside Barrier

 

The Chris Waller-trained Funstar has suffered an early blow drawing the extreme outside barrier in the capacity 18-starter The Golden Eagle 2020 field at Rosehill Gardens this weekend.

Funstar Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Chris Waller’s classy mare Funstar has drawn right out in the 2020 The Golden Eagle field in Sydney on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

It is shaping up as a thrilling edition of the country’s second-richest race when a full field of four-year-olds take to the track in the $7.5 million Iron Jack Golden Eagle (1500m).

Sydney’s 10-time premiership winning trainer Waller saddles-up three including the current $4.60 favourite in The Golden Eagle betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, Funstar.

The punters have stuck with the Adelaide mare, last seen running second to Probabeel in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) from October 3, where she also had a wide alley (16 of 17) to overcome.

She didn’t fare any betting in The Golden Eagle barrier draw coming up with 22, into 18 with emergencies out.

Kept fresh since the Epsom, Funstar performs best with her runs spaced and has finished first or second in all but two of her dozen career starts to date.

It’s been a while between drinks however as she chases her first victory since the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) at The Golden Eagle track and distance back in March on a Heavy track.

With Rosehill at a Heavy (9) at acceptance stage for The Golden Eagle, the bookies are tipping the mudlark in the mix to overcome her wide barrier and return to winning form.

The danger occupying the second line of betting at $6.50 is star Queenslander Alligator Blood (15) out to atone for his two lead-up losses.

Jockey Ryan Maloney sticks aboard the David Vandyke-trained son of All Too Hard, the Australian Guineas champ from the autumn racing third-up on the back of his second to Flit in the $500,000 Silver Eagle (1300m) from October 10.

Godolphin’s Silver Eagle winning mare Flit meanwhile has been forgotten by the punters in the Rosehill rematch this weekend, the daughter of Medaglia D’Oro out to $14 to get the better of Alligator Blood and the rest again in the Grand Final.

Godolphin trainer James Cummings also saddles-up the early market mover Colette ($9) who is also currently the only other single-figure The Golden Eagle hopeful.

Drawn ideally in barrier six, the Hallowed Crown mare is best known for her runaway 2.5 length victory in April’s Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) run in the mud.

Third-up in the Epsom she was only two lengths beaten running sixth on a Good (4) and should appreciate the give out of the ground this weekend, but will need to be sharp over the shorter distance.

Other notable The Golden Eagle horses chasing the lucrative $4.1 million first prize include: the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Epsom third placegetter Riodini ($13), Bottega ($15) coming off back-to-back thirds in easier companny and the rails-drawn Sierra Sue ($13) chasing a third win on the trot.

Click here for the latest The Golden Eagle 2020 betting markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 The Golden Eagle Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x11D110x32 ALLIGATOR BLOOD David Vandyke Ryan Maloney 15 57.5kg 108
2 x13437x038 BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Regan Bayliss 14 57.5kg 105
3 4x122x9073 SUPERSTORM Grant & Alana Williams Joshua Parr 19 57.5kg 105
4 6x281117x3 DAWN PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 16 57.5kg 100
5 x11123x923 RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brenton Avdulla 7 57.5kg 100
6 x211142115 WINDSTORM Grant & Alana Williams Glyn Schofield 8 57.5kg 100
7 3x82435x35 RELOADED Chris Waller Robbie Dolan 11 57.5kg 98
8 1445×61273 JUST THINKIN’ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Kathy O’Hara 21 57.5kg 93
9 x742218x33 BOTTEGA Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou James Innes Jnr 4 57.5kg 87
10 11×1312 CRIADERAS James Cummings Keagan Latham 10 57.5kg 85
11 x1602x2901 FLIT James Cummings Ms Rachel King 17 55.5kg 108
12 1x2142x622 FUNSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 22 55.5kg 108
13 221111×056 COLETTE James Cummings Koby Jennings 6 55.5kg 106
14 59243×4616 SUBPOENAED (NZ) Chris Waller Jay Ford 2 55.5kg 101
15 6x57x41521 EMERALDS John Sargent Jason Collett 18 55.5kg 97
16 11210×11 SIERRA SUE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Nash Rawiller 1 55.5kg 96
17 x41213x117 ALL SAINTS’ EVE (NZ) John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 3 55.5kg 95
18 1623×24251 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup  Tom Sherry (a) 5 55.5kg 84
19e 22x18111x0 STOCKMAN (NZ) Joseph Pride 9 57.5kg 76
20e 311360×491 ENCHANTED HEART Kris Lees 13 55.5kg 76
21e 111×177 FENDER Brett Cavanough 12 57.5kg 75
22e 4413×2800 AIR TO AIR Jason Coyle 20 55.5kg 70
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