The final field for the richest four year old race in Australia has been locked in with a capacity field of 18 runners now locked in to race in Saturdays $7.5m Golden Eagle at Rosehill over 1500m

Golden Eagle Barrier Draw

Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr’s boom horse, Thunderstruck drew well in barrier 10 and remained strong in the market at $4.50. 

The only other two under double figures in the market were Joseph Pride trained Private Eye at $6 and drew the car park in barrier 17, as well as european import Maximal who drew the other side of the car park in barrier 22.

For Maximal, this will be his first run for new trainer John O’Shea after having only recently transferred Sir Michael Stoutes Newmarket based stable in the UK.

Form around the import doesn’t read much on first glance, however he did finish fourth in the G1 St James Palace (1603m) at Ascot two-back, before finishing second to the highly-rated Baaeed in his most recent outing.

Other notable runners include the Queensland speedster, Apache Chase, who finished second to Private Eye in this years G2 Queensland Guineas over 1600m. Under the steering of Jim Byrne, Apache Chase will be looking to overturn that defeat from barrier 6.

Kiwi galloper Aegon is back for another stint in Sydney having not been seen since finishing well off the pace in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington. The New Zealander will have to go some however after drawing barrier 20.

Kiku, Our Playboy, Wheelhouse and Blondeau make up the four emergencies for the Golden Eagle.

The Golden Eagle marks the end of the Sydney racing carnival as we will then head with full focus to Melbourne and Spring Carnival week with the Melbourne Cup.

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