New $7.5 million Golden Eagle lands in Sydney Spring
RACING NSW on Wednesday announced a new $7.5 million race to add further impetus to the spring Everest Carnival in Sydney.
The race, to be called the Golden Eagle, will be run over 1500m at Rosehill Gardens, and will be restricted to 4YOs, with this race forming the third leg of a three-part trilogy which includes the Golden Slipper for 2YOs and Golden Rose for 3YOs. There is a $5 million bonus on offer should a horse win the Golden Slam of the Slipper, Rose and Eagle. At $7.5 million in stakes, the race will be the third richest race in the world on turf, behind The Everest and the Arc de Triomphe.
“The Golden Eagle is the first feature race on the Australian Racing Calendar exclusively for four-year-old horses,” said Racing NSW Chairman, Mr Russell Balding AO.
“We believe The Golden Eagle will be attractive in retaining our top three-year-olds to race on as four-year-olds and benefit the racing industry, underpinning the strength of racing in NSW
and Australia more broadly.”
“The Golden Eagle strengthens our spring carnival and provides a further highlight for spring racing in Sydney. It also opens up the possibility of attracting runners from diverse form lines including The Everest, the Sydney Stakes and the Epsom Hcp,” Mr Balding added.
“The Golden Eagle will be entirely funded by new revenues to the NSW Racing Industry. I am delighted that this enables The Golden Eagle to be added as an important feature race at
Rosehill and will also distribute $750,000 to charities,” said Racing NSW Chief Executive, Mr Peter V’landys AM.
“We want to bring another major event to the western suburbs of Sydney. In The Golden Eagle, we have provided a race that is also a celebration of the west of Sydney
“Now having the third richest race on turf in the world behind The Everest and the France’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Sydney’s west has the perfect day to celebrate,” Mr V’landys concluded.