October 21, 2019
Four international gallopers from some of the northern hemisphere’s biggest stables have arrived and settled in Sydney as they continue preparations for races at the Everest Carnival.
Three of the horses are targeting the inaugural $7.5 million Golden Eagle to be run over 1500m at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday 2 November.
Never No More for leading Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien, the UK’s Beat Le Bon for trainer Richard Hannon and another Irish runner I Am Superman trained by Michael O’Callaghan are being set for the $7.5 million Golden Eagle.
A fourth horse Antilles – also trained by Aiden O’Brien – is part of the visiting group and is being aimed at the $500,000 Rosehill Gold Cup to be run over 2000m on Golden Eagle Day at Rosehill Gardens.
The four horses arrived at the Canterbury Park Quarantine Centre on Saturday afternoon and did some light walking and pace work on the Canterbury Park Polytrack surface this morning.
Australian Turf Club General Manager of Racing, Wagering and International James Ross said like The TAB Everest, the $7.5 million Golden Eagle was capturing the attention of the racing world.
“It is rewarding to see the Golden Eagle attract widespread international interest in just its introductory year,” Mr Ross said.
“We attracted 14 international entries and to receive immediate participation from leading stables has clearly shown the lucrative prizemoney and optimal timing for northern hemisphere trained horses provides the ideal ingredients to develop greater international participation in the future
“The three Golden Eagle contenders have arrived in fantastic order and we couldn’t be more pleased the way they have settled in to Canterbury. All stables have been very complimentary of the facilities and have welcomed the availability of the polytrack that is prepared to their specifications.
“The strength of the Golden Eagle acceptances is overwhelming for the first renewal with Arcadia Queen, Brutal, Classique Legend and Kolding amongst the likely contenders and we are looking forward to the international arrivals complimenting this strong line-up.”
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