Sydney’s spectacular Rosehill Gardens takes centre stage this Saturday at Everest Carnival for the inaugural running of the $7.5 million Iron Jack Golden Eagle.
World racing’s newest major event has attracted one of the strongest fields of four-year-old horses and jockeys ever seen, headed in TAB markets by the Chris Waller trained Arcadia Queen ($2.90 TAB) for jockey James McDonald.
The field features representatives from across Australia as well as three international runners in a world-class inaugural edition of the innovative race.
Ten per cent of all prizemoney from the $7.5 million Iron Jack Golden Eagle is directed to charities as nominated by the owners of each of the horses.
The full list of the runners and their charities can be seen below:
Rosehill Gardens on Saturday concludes with a major entertainment event after the last race with internationally-acclaimed DJ Hot Dub Time Machine performing, free for all ticketholders.
The $7.5 million Iron Jack Golden Eagle elite field includes:
• Doncaster Mile champion Brutal ($5 TAB) for the powerful Hawkes Racing stable and jockey Tommy Berry;
• Epsom winner Kolding ($5 TAB) for TAB Everest-winning trainer and jockey duo Chris Waller and Glen Boss;
• Highly-promising grey Classique Legend ($7.50 TAB) for popular Sydney trainer Les Bridge and champion jockey Kerrin McEvoy;
• One of the world’s best jockeys and this year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Pierre-Charles Boudot, riding Irish horse Never No More ($26 TAB) for leading international trainer Aiden O’Brien;
• Two more international visitors – the UK’s Beat Le Bon ($61 TAB) for visiting jockey Pat Dobbs and trainer Richard Hannon and another Irish galloper I Am Superman ($81 TAB) for trainer Michael O'Callaghan and jockey Leigh Roche;
• Tasmania’s pride and joy The Inevitable ($10 TAB) for trainer Scott Brunton and jockey Nash Rawiller;
• Three of Australia’s best four year old mares in training – Sunlight ($26 TAB) ridden by top Victorian jockey Luke Currie and trainers Tony and Calvin McEvoy, Mizzy ($26 TAB) for Anthony Cummings and jockey Jason Collett, and the Rachel King ridden and Joe Pride trained Fasika ($21 TAB).
On a super card of racing the inaugural $1 million Redzel Stakes also features some of the best sprinters in Australia backing up after running in the TAB Everest.
Pierata for Warwick Farm trainer Greg Hickman and jockey Tommy Berry is the early $2.80 TAB favourite after his fifth placing in The TAB Everest.
The third place-getter from The TAB Everest – Godolphin’s James Cummings trained Trekking ($4.20 TAB) – runs for jockey Kerrin McEvoy, ahead of classy stablemate Deprive ($6.50 TAB) for James McDonald.
And a third new event on the Sydney Everest Carnival spring calendar – the $500,000 Rosehill Gold Cup – features a big field of 15 runners over the 2000m.
Another international runner for Aiden O’Brien and Leigh Roche, Antilles, is the early $4.40 TAB favourite.
Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager of Racing Services James Heddo said the inaugural Golden Eagle Day was Western Sydney and Rosehill Gardens’ time to shine.
“The $7.5 million Iron Jack Golden Eagle and the strong supporting card have further enhanced Sydney’s world-class Everest Carnival,’’ Mr Heddo said.
“The Iron Jack Golden Eagle has attracted a stellar field of horses and jockeys on another huge day for Australian racing.’’
The Rosehill Gardens track was rated a Good 4 on Thursday morning with fine, warm weather forecast to continue right through Saturday.
A track report recorded on Thursday morning with Rosehill Gardens Racecourse Manager Shaun Patterson can be viewed here.
Gates at Rosehill Gardens for general admission customers open at 10.45am this Saturday, with the first race due to start at 12.05pm.
Rosehill Gardens offers free parking and free high capacity WiFi across the racecourse.
For all ticketing, racing and general information go to theraces.com.au.