The Golden Eagle

The Golden Eagle race is a Special Conditions feature for four-year-old horses offering $7.5 million in prize money and run at Rosehill in October.

2021 The Golden Eagle Results

  • 1st: #2 I'm Thunderstruck
  • 2nd: #11 Count De Rupee
  • 3rd: #16 Vangelic




The Golden Eagle is one of the recent additions to the Sydney Spring Racing Calendar, the Special Conditions feature held on the Saturday prior to Victoria’s Melbourne Cup at Rosehill Gardens in either late October or early November each October.

Contested for the first time in 2019, The Golden Eagle race is open only to four-year-old horses and is the most lucrative of its kind offering $7.5 million in prize money.

Taking place in Sydney on the same day Melbourne hosts the time-honoured Victoria Derby, The Golden Eagle is a set weights event that is now a hugely popular target for the middle-distance four-year-olds from around the country.

The 1500m showdown is part of the “Golden Slam” series of races that begins with the two-year-olds in the Golden Slipper and also includes the Golden Rose for three-year-olds.

Horses may come via a range of different top-level lead-up races into The Golden Eagle including the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) run at Randwick in early October. Inaugural The Golden Eagle winner Kolding became the first horse in history to complete the Epsom – Golden Eagle double in 2019.

The following year the 2020 The Golden Eagle winner Colette also came via the same lead-up improving on her sixth in the Epsom Handicap.

For the third edition in 2021 I’m Thunderstruck won the Golden Eagle on the back of a lead-up Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) win in Melbourne.

Looking to rival the Melbourne racing action down south on the same day, The Golden Eagle Day also features the $1 million Winners Stakes (1300m) – known in 2019 as the Redzel Stakes, 2020 as the Yes Yes Yes Stakes and 2021 as the Classique Legend Stakes in honour of the respective The Everest winning horses – and the $500,000 Rosehill Gold Cup (2000m).

The traditional lead-up into The Golden Eagle field is Randwick’s $500,000 Silver Eagle (1300m) run in early October on Spring Champion Stakes Day.

The 2021 The Golden Eagle took place at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday October 30th, 2021 and was won by the favourite I’m Thunderstruck ($3.50).

The Golden Eagle 2021
Date: Saturday October 30th, 2021
Track: Rosehill Gardens
Distance: 1500m
Race Type: Set Weights – 4YOs
Status: Special Condition
Prize Money: $7.5 million

2021 The Golden Eagle Results

  • 1st: #2 I’m Thunderstruck ($3.50F)
  • 2nd: #11 Count De Rupee
  • 3rd: #16 Vangelic

Deserving favourite I’m Thunderstruck ($3.50) saluted for the punters with a narrow victory in the 2021 Golden Eagle results to deny a brave Count De Rupee ($18) victory in third edition of the $7.5 million feature.

Click here to read more on the thrilling Golden Eagle 2021 win by I’m Thunderstruck out of Melbourne.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Hugh Bowman 8 57.5kg $3.50F
2 11 COUNT DE RUPEE Robert & Luke Price Brock Ryan (a) 0.2L 3 57.5kg $18
3 16 VANGELIC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1.7L 4 55.5kg $31
4 4 APACHE CHASE Desleigh Forster Jim Byrne 1.76L 5 57.5kg $5.50
5 12 LAWS OF INDICES (IRE) Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 1.77L 16 56.5kg $31
6 13 MAXIMAL (GB) John O’Shea Ms Alysha Collett 2.55L 18 56.5kg $15
7 9 ELLSBERG Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Joshua Parr 2.99L 1 57.5kg $5.50
8 1 PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 3.26L 14 57.5kg $7
9 10 LOVE TAP Richard & Michael Freedman Robbie Dolan 3.83L 2 57.5kg $51
10 15 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Jean Van Overmeire 4.49L 13 55.5kg $51
11 14 REVE DE VOL (IRE) Annabel Neasham Brodie Loy 4.59L 6 56.5kg $101
12 18 ATISHU (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 4.64L 15 55.5kg $26
13 5 AYSAR Ben & JD Hayes Jay Ford 5.33L 12 57.5kg $101
14 7 AMISH BOY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Kathy O’Hara 5.61L 9 57.5kg $41
15 8 EXOBOOM Peter & Paul Snowden Lee Magorrian 6.4L 10 57.5kg $51
16 17 MEDIA AWARD Chris Calthorpe Jack Martin 6.42L 7 55.5kg $61
17 3 AEGON (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Jason Collett 7.14L 17 57.5kg $41
18 6 AIM Peter & Paul Snowden Andrew Adkins 17.01L 11 57.5kg $51
21e WHEELHOUSE Chris Waller 0
22e BLONDEAU Chris Waller 0
19e KIKU Chris Waller 0
20e OUR PLAYBOY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 The Golden Eagle Odds

The Golden Eagle 2021 betting odds and links to the latest prices at Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as all-in markets on the event open.

In 2021 I’m Thunderstruck ($3.50) became the first favourite in Golden Eagle betting to salute.

2021 The Golden Eagle Field

The confirmed The Golden Eagle 2021 field of four-year-olds will be detailed below as soon as available.

The 2021 Golden Eagle final field features a capacity line-up of four-year-olds including Toorak Handicap winner I’m Thunderstruck and Joe Pride’s widely-drawn Epsom Handicap champ Private Eye.

Click here to read more on the key four-year-olds in the Golden Eagle 2021 field and betting markets. 

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 Ms Kathy O’Hara 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 Brock Ryan (a) 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.

2021 the Golden Eagle Nominations

Early The Golden Eagle 2021 nominations closed on Monday September 6, 2021 and drew 121 four-year-olds led in pre-field betting by Ayrton and Winx Stakes winner Mo’unga.

The Golden Eagle History

The Golden Eagle was first run in 2019 and won by the classy Chris Waller-trained Kolding who came off a lead-up Epsom Handicap win. Kolding would go on to win the following year’s George Main Stakes (2020) as well as the All Aged Stakes in 2021.

In its second running, the Godolphin-raced mare Colette won The Golden Eagle in 2020 when the race took place on a Heavy (9) track.

The favourites finally saluted in the third running with I’m Thunderstruck ($3.50 in 2021) too good for his rivals late.

Past The Golden Eagle Winners

Previous The Golden Eagle winners going back to the race’s inauguration in 2019 are detailed below.

Year Place Horse Time
2021
The Golden Eagle
1st I’m Thunderstruck 1 minute 27.90 seconds
2nd Count De Rupee
3rd Vangelic
2020
The Golden Eagle
1st Colette 1 minute 32.67 seconds
2nd Icebath
3rd Dawn Passage
2019
The Golden Eagl
1st Kolding 1 minute 28.28 seconds
2nd Sunlight
3rd Mizzy

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