The Golden Eagle 2020

Saturday October 31, 2020

Announced as part of the 2019 Sydney Spring Carnival, The Golden Eagle now is the third-richest race in Australia after The Everest and Melbourne Cup and the first feature race held exclusively for four-year-olds.

Offering $7.5 million in prize money – 10% of which is donated to charity – The Golden Eagle was designed to rival Victoria’s Flemington Derby Day while also offering more prize money than the world’s richest two-mile handicap – the Melbourne Cup run on the first Tuesday of November annually.

There are no big four-year-old races held over the Melbourne Cup Carnival allowing Racing NSW to create The Golden Eagle and draw some of the attention away from their rivals down south.

The Golden Eagle race is contested over 1500m at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, three days before Melbourne Cup Day, and the four-year-olds will face off at set weights. The Golden Eagle winner is awarded a total of $4.2 million in prize money, $3.69 of which goes to the owners / trainer / jockey / strapper.

The Golden Eagle follows in the tradition of Sydney’s lucrative Golden Slipper (1200m) for two-year-old horses and the Golden Rose (1400m) open to three-year-olds. There is an incredible $5 million bonus prize to any horse that completes the “Golden Slam” winning the Slipper – Rose – Eagle treble during their early years on the race track.

Golden Eagle Day now a massive event with Racing NSW also adding 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 – and the $500,000 Rosehill Gold Cup (2000m) to the program.

The 2020 edition of The Golden Eagle ran on Saturday October 31, 2020 and was won by Godolphin’s ATC Oaks champ Colette. 

2020 Golden Eagle Results

The 2020 Golden Eagle Results and full race Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 31, 2020 .

  • 1st: #13 Colette
  • 2nd: #18 Icebath
  • 3rd: #4 Dawn Passage

The Godolphin-raced Colette ($10) relished the Heavy going to score an upset win in The Golden Eagle 2020 results, improving on an unplaced run in the Epsom and enjoying her first win since the ATC Oaks back in April.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 13 COLETTE James Cummings Koby Jennings 6 55.5kg $10
2 18 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Tom Sherry (a) 0.1L 5 55.5kg $6
3 4 DAWN PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 0.9L 13 57.5kg $21
4 17 ALL SAINTS’ EVE (NZ) John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 2.2L 3 55.5kg $41
5 9 BOTTEGA Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou James Innes Jnr 2.8L 4 57.5kg $26
6 3 SUPERSTORM Grant & Alana Williams Joshua Parr 3L 16 57.5kg $20
7 2 BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Regan Bayliss 3.2L 11 57.5kg $31
8 10 CRIADERAS James Cummings Keagan Latham 3.6L 9 57.5kg $21
9 15 EMERALDS John Sargent Jason Collett 4.8L 15 55.5kg $41
10 11 FLIT James Cummings Ms Rachel King 5L 14 55.5kg $21
11 5 RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brenton Avdulla 5.1L 7 57.5kg $13
12 16 SIERRA SUE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Nash Rawiller 6L 1 55.5kg $7.50
13 7 RELOADED Chris Waller Robbie Dolan 7.3L 10 57.5kg $201
14 6 WINDSTORM Grant & Alana Williams Glyn Schofield 8.3L 8 57.5kg $31
15 1 ALLIGATOR BLOOD David Vandyke Ryan Maloney 8.5L 12 57.5kg $10
16 14 SUBPOENAED (NZ) Chris Waller Jay Ford 8.6L 2 55.5kg $41
17 12 FUNSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 11.6L 18 55.5kg $4.80F
18 8 JUST THINKIN’ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Kathy O’Hara 12.3L 17 57.5kg $151

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

The Golden Eagle Info

  • Date: Saturday October 31, 2020
  • Track: Rosehill Racecourse
  • Distance: 1500m
  • Conditions: 4yos – Set Weights
  • Status: Special Condition
  • Prize Money: $7.5 million
  • First Run: 2019

Golden Eagle Betting

Golden Eagle betting is led by the best performed four-year-old horses of the season.

Before the Horse’s Birthday on August 1 when all racehorses in Australia officially turn one-year-older, Golden Eagle betting markets are dominated by gun three-year-olds who performed well in the previous year’s feature races. Any rising four-year-olds that have beaten the older horses in Group 1 company feature highly in Golden Eagle racing odds.

2020 Golden Eagle Odds

The latest Golden Eagle 2020 betting odds including pre-nomination futures markets on the richest race at Rosehill Gardens will be provided below as soon as available.


Golden Eagle Field

The Golden Eagle field features the season’s top four-year-old horses, many of which may have previously been heading to stud instead of racing on for another season.

The Golden Eagle race field attracts many of the same gallopers that contested Sydney’s Golden Slipper Stakes as juveniles and or the Golden Rose Stakes as a three-year-old.

2020 Golden Eagle Field

The official Golden Eagle 2020 field and barriers will be announced the week of the race and published in full below.

Following nominations on The Golden Eagle in early September, the final declarations revealing the starting line-up close at 9am (AEDT) on Tuesday October 27, 2020.

The 2020 The Golden Eagle final field features a capacity 18 starters with the early favourite, Chris Waller’s class Group 1 performing mare Funstar, suffering an early blow with the extreme outside draw.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x11D110x32 ALLIGATOR BLOOD David Vandyke Ryan Maloney 15 57.5kg 108
2 x13437x038 BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Regan Bayliss 14 57.5kg 105
3 4x122x9073 SUPERSTORM Grant & Alana Williams Joshua Parr 19 57.5kg 105
4 6x281117x3 DAWN PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 16 57.5kg 100
5 x11123x923 RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brenton Avdulla 7 57.5kg 100
6 x211142115 WINDSTORM Grant & Alana Williams Glyn Schofield 8 57.5kg 100
7 3x82435x35 RELOADED Chris Waller Robbie Dolan 11 57.5kg 98
8 1445×61273 JUST THINKIN’ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Kathy O’Hara 21 57.5kg 93
9 x742218x33 BOTTEGA Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou James Innes Jnr 4 57.5kg 87
10 11×1312 CRIADERAS James Cummings Keagan Latham 10 57.5kg 85
11 x1602x2901 FLIT James Cummings Ms Rachel King 17 55.5kg 108
12 1x2142x622 FUNSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 22 55.5kg 108
13 221111×056 COLETTE James Cummings Koby Jennings 6 55.5kg 106
14 59243×4616 SUBPOENAED (NZ) Chris Waller Jay Ford 2 55.5kg 101
15 6x57x41521 EMERALDS John Sargent Jason Collett 18 55.5kg 97
16 11210×11 SIERRA SUE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Nash Rawiller 1 55.5kg 96
17 x41213x117 ALL SAINTS’ EVE (NZ) John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 3 55.5kg 95
18 1623×24251 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Tom Sherry (a) 5 55.5kg 84
19e 22x18111x0 STOCKMAN (NZ) Joseph Pride 9 57.5kg 76
20e 311360×491 ENCHANTED HEART Kris Lees 13 55.5kg 76
21e 111×177 FENDER Brett Cavanough 12 57.5kg 75
22e 4413×2800 AIR TO AIR Jason Coyle 20 55.5kg 70
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Golden Eagle Form Guide

The Golden Eagle race form guide lists the full line-up of four-year-old runners, their connections (owner / jockey / trainer) that stand to win one of Australian racing’s biggest prizes and gives a rundown on their lead-up form / career statistics.

Using the Golden Eagle form guide to look for the horses proven at the track, those with a good record over the distance and the Group 1 winners in the mix that are racing well that Sydney Spring Racing Carnival can help punters place a winning bet on the $7.5 million feature.

2020 Golden Eagle Form

A link to our detailed Golden Eagle 2020 form guide will be available below the week leading-up to the country’s second richest race.

Golden Eagle Tips

Top Golden Eagle racing tips include looking for the winners of the Golden Slipper and Golden Rose from the two season’s prior, backing proven Group 1 horses and those with a good record over at least 1400m.

Another Golden Eagle tip is to watch the autumn carnival results and lock in the early Golden Eagle odds available on the winners of races including the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick and another of the country’s newest races – the All-Star Mile run over 1600m in Victoria each March.

The Epsom Handicap proved the form line to follow into the 2019 Golden Eagle with the Chris Waller-trained Kolding doing the double, and did so again in 2020 with the Godolphin-raced mare Colette improving on her sixth in the same Group 1 lead-up.

2020 Golden Eagle Tips

Our expert team of tipsters will provide the 2020 Golden Eagle betting tips below closer to the day so stay tuned for the sprinters to back and sack this spring.

Once the final field has been accepted and finalised we will be placing our top tips and selections for the Golden Eagle here.

  • To Win: #11 Flit ($14 at time of publish) 

The punters are all for another mare Funstar in this despite her outside alley, so going for the value in Flit who also has a double-digit gate to overcome but looks overlooked in the market. This Godolphin-raced mare won the Silver Eagle defeating Alligator Blood in an upset and if she runs up to that form, she could just do the double at big odds.

Golden Eagle Bet Types

Win – The most basic type of bet. Put your money straight up on the runner that you think will win the Golden Eagle.

Place – Pick the horse that you think will finish in the top three positions but at lower odds.

Each-Way – Put equal amounts on a horse for the win and a place, the equivalent of two bets and you get paid out for both if it wins.

Quinella – Bet on the horses you think will finish first and second in either order. You can also pick for example one horse to finish 1st and then a combination The fewer horses you pick the greater the dividend.

Exacta – An exacta also involves choosing horses that you think will finish first and second but it differs from a quinella in that it has to be the exact order you specify in the bet.

Trifecta – Very similar to an Exacta, but for the first, second and third placings in the correct finishing order. You can also Box Trifecta to finish in any of the first 3 combinations.

First Four – A First Four bet works the same as an Exacta and Trifecta but for the first four runners in finishing order.

Golden Eagle Results

The Golden Eagle results from Sydney will be available on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day each year. As well as listing the complete Golden Eagle finishing order the results show the trainer and jockey of each horse as well as the margin between each place, the weight they carried and their starting price in the betting markets.

Golden Eagle Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 TBD TBD TBD TBD
2020 Colette Icebath Dawn Passage 1:32.67
2019 Kolding Sunlight Mizzy 1:28.28