I’m Thunderstruck Heads The Golden Eagle 2021 Field & Betting

October 26, 2021

I’m Thunderstruck Heads The Golden Eagle 2021 Field & Betting

An outstanding edition of one of Australian racing’s biggest prizes takes place in Sydney on Saturday with I’m Thunderstruck heading the field and markets for this year’s $7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m).

I'm Thunderstruck (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Toorak Handicap winner I’m Thunderstruck is early favourite to win Saturday’s $7.5 million The Golden Eagle in Sydney. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Out again to rival the action of Melbourne’s Victoria Derby Day card at Flemington, Rosehill hosts a bumper day’s racing north of the border headlined by a capacity 2021 Golden Eagle field of four-year-olds.

Heading the latest Golden Eagle odds online at $4.80 through Ladbrokes.com.au is Victorian raider I’m Thunderstruck, the Shocking four-year-old representing the in-form training duo of Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr.

A winner of his eight starts, the OTI Racing star runs in Sydney for the first time on the back of an impressive three-quarter length win over Tofane in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield.

He goes up from just 52kg to 57.5kg against his own age at set weights in the Golden Eagle, but remains the firm favourite with Hugh Bowman to ride from gate 10 – potentially eight with emergencies out.

The danger occupying the second line of Golden Eagle betting at $7 is the widely-drawn Joe Pride-trained Private Eye ($7) last seen saluting in Randwick’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).

Private Eye drew barrier 17 in the Golden Eagle field and will come into 14 at best if all four emergencies fail to gain a start.

Nash Rawiller rides the son of Al Maher for the first time in the feature and had a sit on him in a recent Randwick trial running third to Dawn Passage.

Private Eye carried 52.5kg for his Epsom success and will need to be good at set weights from the wide draw on Saturday to post back-to-back victories.

Brisbane’s Desleigh Forster saddles-up consistent Better Than Ready gelding Apache Chase ($11) from a nice gate six draw as the horse looks for a third win on the trot.

The John O’Shea-trained Galileo entire Maximal is also being kept safe in the markets at $10 despite the European import coming up with the extreme outside alley for his Australian race debut.

Annabel Neasham, whose pre-race favourite Zaaki was scratched the morning ahead of his Cox Plate bid last Saturday, looks to get her spring back on track heading to Sydney with the imported duo of Laws Of Indices (19) and Reve De Vol (7) who had mixed luck in the Golden Eagle barrier draw.

Sydney’s best Chris Waller won the inaugural edition of the Golden Eagle back in 2019 with Kolding and has accepted for four in 2021.

Only one of those, Savabeel mare Atishu coming off a close sixth in the Epsom under two lengths beaten, is guaranteed a start with the others making-up three of the four Golden Eagle emergencies.

Aim for Team Snowden, the rails-drawn Ellsberg and the Robert & Luke Price-trained Count De Rupee are among the other standout Golden Eagle hopefuls who ran one – three respectively in the $500,000 Silver Eagle last start.

Click here for the latest Golden Eagle 2021 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Golden Eagle Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x821x1741 PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 17 57.5kg 108
2 15×131131 I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Hugh Bowman 10 57.5kg 107
3 11x1160x40 AEGON (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Jason Collett 20 57.5kg 105
4 4041210×11 APACHE CHASE Desleigh Forster Jim Byrne 6 57.5kg 105
5 2x229x0446 AYSAR Ben & JD Hayes Jay Ford 15 57.5kg 99
6 7x61x967x1 AIM Peter & Paul Snowden Andrew Adkins 14 57.5kg 95
7 234734×297 AMISH BOY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 11 57.5kg 95
8 1x2130x891 EXOBOOM Peter & Paul Snowden 12 57.5kg 93
9 13x1422x12 ELLSBERG Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Joshua Parr 1 57.5kg 92
10 1114x7x014 LOVE TAP Richard & Michael Freedman Robbie Dolan 3 57.5kg 91
11 31x2183x13 COUNT DE RUPEE Robert & Luke Price 4 57.5kg 88
12 473x54518x LAWS OF INDICES (IRE) Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 19 56.5kg 106
13 2218x2242x MAXIMAL (GB) John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 22 56.5kg 95
14 18354x162x REVE DE VOL (IRE) Annabel Neasham Brodie Loy 7 56.5kg 95
15 19107×4783 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Jean Van Overmeire 16 55.5kg 106
16 x8245x4105 VANGELIC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5 55.5kg 106
17 823x111x8 MEDIA AWARD Chris Calthorpe Jack Martin 9 55.5kg 102
18 31111×1416 ATISHU (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 18 55.5kg 101
19e 13x1116x63 KIKU Chris Waller 21 55.5kg 90
20e 008x6751x7 OUR PLAYBOY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 2 57.5kg 86
21e 2x144509x7 WHEELHOUSE Chris Waller 13 57.5kg 85
22e 4×13341324 BLONDEAU Chris Waller 8 57.5kg 84

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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