The Golden Eagle 2023

Announced as part of the 2019 Sydney Spring Carnival, The Golden Eagle now is the second-richest race in Australia after The Everest after surpassing the Melbourne Cup prize money in 2022, and the first feature race held exclusively for four-year-olds.

Offering $10 million in prize money following a boost ahead of the 2022 edition – 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.

2022 Golden Eagle Winner I'm Thunderstruck

2022 Golden Eagle winner I’m Thunderstruck. Photo: Steve Hart.

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 and the four-year-olds face off at set weights.

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.

It takes place three days before Melbourne Cup Day and is held on the same date as Flemington’s Victoria Derby Day program.

Golden Eagle Day is now a massive event with Racing NSW also adding the $3 million Winners Stakes (1300m) – known in 2023 as the Giga Kick Stakes – the $750,000 Rosehill Gold Cup (2000m) and the  $500,000 The Four Pillars (1500m).

The Golden Eagle 2022 field limit was also increased from 18 to 20 starters the week of the race.

The 2023 edition of The Golden Eagle ran on Saturday November 4, 2023 offering $10 million in stakes and was won in an impressive late burst by Japanese raider Obamburumai ($7). 

2023 Golden Eagle Results

The 2023 Golden Eagle Results and full race Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday November 4, 2023.

2023 The Golden Eagle winner Obamburumai

2023 The Golden Eagle winner Obamburumai was too good late defeating the locals in an upset. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #12 Obamburumai
  • 2nd: #3 Pericles
  • 3rd: #4 Golden Mile

Jockey Josh Parr collected the biggest pay day of his riding career giving the gun Japanese visitor Obamburumai ($7) a patiently-timed ride before getting the late gap to fly through and deny the Godolphin-raced duo Pericles and Golden Mile in a thrilling Golden Eagle 2023 result.

2023 Golden Eagle Odds

The latest Golden Eagle 2023 betting odds including pre-nomination futures markets on the richest race at Rosehill Gardens will be provided below as soon as available.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 The Golden Eagle will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

The Golden Eagle Info

  • Date: Saturday November 4, 2023
  • Track: Rosehill Racecourse
  • Distance: 1500m
  • Conditions: 4yos – Set Weights
  • Status: Special Condition
  • Prize Money: $10 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.

I’m Thunderstruck ($3.50 in 2021) became the first favourite in Golden Eagle betting to win.

The Golden Eagle Field

The Golden Eagle race 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.

One of the first early lead-up races for mares heading towards The Golden Eagle field is Randwick’s Group 3 Toy Show Quality run in August, the 2019 winner of which Mizzy went on to finish third in that year’s Golden Eagle trifecta.

Good lead-up races into The Golden Eagle field for the better performed four-year-olds of the season include the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick, and Caulfield’s Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) held at Caulfield in early October. In 2021 I’m Thunderstruck completed the interstate Toorak Handicap – Golden Eagle race double. In 2022 I Wish I Win improved on a fifth in the Toorak to win the $10 million Golden Eagle.

Horses that contest The Golden Eagle as four-year-olds are likely to return the following spring for a shot at the $2 million The Five Diamonds (1800m) held for the first time in 2022 at Rosehill on the Saturday after The Big Dance.

The Golden Eagle field limit was increased to 20 starters the week of the 2022 edition.

2023 Golden Eagle Ballot Exemptions

The horses that run first, second and third in the Epsom Handicap and Silver Eagle are exempt from ballot, as are the winner/s of the previous running of the Golden Rose, Randwick Guineas and Arrowfield Sprint.

2023 Golden Eagle Field

The official Golden Eagle 2023 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 31, 2023.

The Golden Eagle 2023 field of 20 final acceptances is now out with the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained The Everest graduate Hawaii Five Oh and Group 1 winning WA-trained mare Amelia’s Jewel leading the markets.

The official 2023 Golden Eagle barrier draw took place on Tuesday evening and saw Amelia’s Jewel come up trumps with barrier five.

  • Update: #2 Attrition (19) has been withdrawn due to lameness. 
  • #6 Rediener (3) has also been scratched from The Golden Eagle field with Chris Waller’s Epsom winner suffering swelling to the near hindleg with associated lameness.

2023 Golden Eagle Nominations

Early The Golden Eagle 2023 nominations are taken on Monday the 4th of September, 2023.

The 2023 Golden Eagle nominations feature 156 young hopefuls led in all-in betting by classy Group 1 winning WA mare Amelia’s Jewel.

Last 10 Horse Trainer Benchmark
1 17x ACQUARELLO Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young N/A
2 57x31115x AFFAIRE A SUIVRE (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace N/A
3 21743x01x AGE OF KINGS (IRE) Chris Waller N/A
4 1x15x11x3 AIRMAN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 80
5 x1211x12x1 AMELIA’S JEWEL Simon A Miller N/A
6 36x254x15x AMENABLE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 97
7 627111x AMOKURA Kris Lees 100
8 221×36117 AMOR VICTORIOUS Bjorn Baker 73
9 10150×00 ARTS Edward Cummings 76
10 x5445x7262 ATLANTIC OCEAN Chris Waller 63
11 33x1152x52 ATTRITION Mitchell Freedman 103
12 1x4x25211x AZTEC RULER Stefan Vahala N/A
13 x2210317x7 BEL AIR Anthony & Sam Freedman N/A
14 5x1x3x565x BELBEK (FR) Andre Fabre N/A
15 311113×113 BENEDETTA Jason Warren N/A
16 23×1911504 BETTCHA THE CROWN Desleigh Forster N/A
17 1614x64x96 BOOGIE DANCER Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman N/A
18 6123x57x13 BUENOS NOCHES Matthew Smith 110
19 148x CARDONE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 63
20 127x111x5 CASTE Ben, Will & JD Hayes N/A
21 130×13 CEERSEVEN (NZ) Mitchell Freedman N/A
22 1262x4x C’EST MAGIQUE Grahame Begg N/A
23 116x310x CHAMPAGNE COLOR (JPN) Tsuyoshi Tanaka N/A
24 1x2843833x CHARYN (IRE) Roger Varian N/A
25 1x2x1412x CHORLTON LANE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 79
26 COHESIVE Edward Cummings N/A
27 1734x1211x COIN TOSS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott N/A
28 x37160x00x COMMUNIST Michael Freedman 104
29 7340x117x CONSENZA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 64
30 6x114x1122 CONVINCEBILITY Kris Lees 70
31 7×32 DIVUS ROMULUS (IRE) Nick Ryan N/A
32 11x1x700x0 DOLCE MORE (JPN) Naosuke Sugai N/A
33 30x574224x DREAM HOUR Kris Lees 70
34 35x1119x EEYAN (JPN) Daishi Ito N/A
35 x81631471x EKATERINA Robert Heathcote N/A
36 5x ENGELINE (IRE) Nick Ryan N/A
37 5183x0x811 EXTREME FREEDOM (NZ) Robert & Luke Price 67
38 2131x800x4 FELIX MAJESTIC Gary Nickson 66
39 x694341x88 FIREBURN Gary Portelli 101
40 200x70x543 FOUJITA SAN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 72
41 3127x FOXY CLEOPATRA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young N/A
42 2×1 FURIOUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
43 321x FUTTAIM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 62
44 41x345937x GALERON (IRE) Charles Hills N/A
45 177224×753 GAN TEORAINN (IRE) Chris Waller 83
46 819122×212 GARZA BLANCA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 80
47 115x3211x3 GIGA KICK Clayton Douglas N/A
48 62127×6340 GLINT OF SILVER David Pfieffer 86
49 1x2400x901 GOLDEN MILE James Cummings 107
50 121×2 GOLDEN PATH (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) N/A
51 143x21113x GREBENI Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 81
52 22111×35 GRINGOTTS (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 75
53 33×44 HAARACAINE (IRE) Nick Ryan N/A
54 39x22113x6 HAWAII FIVE OH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 103
55 624×661269 HELLAVADANCER Kris Lees 67
56 12414×4213 HENNESSY LAD (NZ) Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman N/A
57 2x2226144x HOLGUIN (GB) Andrew Balding N/A
58 219×912624 HOLLYWOOD HERO (NZ) Bjorn Baker 70
59 127x12Fx69 HOLYMANZ (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 77
60 12111 HOWGOODAREYOU Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 80
61 511119×411 IKNOWASTAR Bjorn Baker 78
62 81343x9x I’MINTOWIN (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott N/A
63 1215x1147x IOWNA MERC Bjorn Baker 81
64 2x24134x2 IRON MAN Edward O’Rourke 64
65 244×102122 IVAN’S HERO Chris Waller 73
66 10x6330x0 JAPANESE EMPEROR (NZ) Michael Moroney N/A
67 1x31613x KAZOU Chris Waller 77
68 9x1141x2x1 KIBOU Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 87
69 2x57334x5x KINGS CONSORT Anthony & Sam Freedman N/A
70 9421111x KNIGHT’S CHOICE John Symons & Sheila Laxon N/A
71 1x592256x0 KOTE Anthony Cummings 84
72 111x3131x9 KOVALICA (NZ) Chris Waller 105
73 12x740x58x LACED UP HEELS Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 84
74 1x111141x3 LEGARTO (NZ) Ken & Bev Kelso N/A
75 13138x99x0 LICKETY SPLIT (NZ) Andrew Forsman N/A
76 x51210x04x LINDERMANN Chris Waller 103
77 x42611274x LITTLE BEGINNINGS Kris Lees 67
78 0x175x4 LOMANDRA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 63
79 52x1211x9x LUCKY VARIETY Kris Lees 72
80 261x407x28 MADAME POMMERY Chris Waller 104
81 11x13x5x MAGIC TIME Grahame Begg N/A
82 x11421x026 MAJOR BEEL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 103
83 312×315 MAKE ME KING (FR) Andre Fabre N/A
84 1720 MISS COUVER Anthony Cummings 60
85 3x361x1 MISSION OF LOVE John Symons & Sheila Laxon N/A
86 1725x900x MURAMASA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young N/A
87 215x51232x NEW ENDEAVOUR (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott N/A
88 1153x21x NUNTHORPE Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 77
89 117x13x OBAMBURUMAI (JPN) Keiji Yoshimura N/A
90 114x11x158 OLENTIA Chris Waller 95
91 21x145125x OPAL RIDGE Luke Pepper N/A
92 x51761x573 OSIPENKO (NZ) Chris Waller N/A
93 38x9111x OUR RED MORNING (NZ) Greg Eurell 75
94 2x11321x57 PAPILLON CLUB Greg Eurell N/A
95 5x3x123x1x PEACE OFFICER (NZ) Clarry Conners 66
96 x41292x11x PERICLES James Cummings 109
97 1211x38x87 PIER (NZ) Darryn & Briar Weatherley N/A
98 312x80x529 POLITICAL DEBATE Chris Waller 87
99 4x PRIMO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
100 76D30x00x0 PROMITTO David Atkins 83
101 37x985540x PROSCENIUM ARCH (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young N/A
102 x13311111x PROWESS (NZ) Roger James & Robert Wellwood 110
103 x909139x40 RAZETA Kris Lees 83
104 115x311x21 RECOMMENDATION Ciaron Maher & David Eustace N/A
105 8x641211x1 REDIENER Chris Waller N/A
106 2x5512x99x REVOLUTIONARY MISS Peter & Paul Snowden N/A
107 3210x90x7x RISE OF THE MASSES Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 78
108 306x53138x ROBUSTO Chris Waller N/A
109 544232110x ROYAL MERCHANT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace N/A
110 747x20x66x RUSSIAN CONQUEST Peter & Paul Snowden 80
111 13x5111x68 RUSSIAN RONI Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott N/A
112 1x320150x7 RUTHLESS DAME (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 108
113 12125787×2 SACRED SATONO (NZ) Bruce Wallace & Grant Cooksley N/A
114 1x207x SCORCH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 63
115 60x37007x1 SEBONACK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 78
116 22×3 SETON HALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
117 34116x732x SHA OF GOMER Chris Waller N/A
118 112x2114x9 SHARP ’N’ SMART (NZ) Graeme & Deborah Rogerson N/A
119 1x81x7830x SHEEZA BELTER Annabel Neasham 103
120 721x36231x SHE’S EXTREME Anthony Cummings N/A
121 x3121146x8 SHUFFLE DANCER Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman N/A
122 SHURI (NZ) Kris Lees N/A
123 215820x SIMEON Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young N/A
124 5726122×21 SKEW WIFF (NZ) Mark Walker N/A
125 4x11x1x0 SKIDAMARINK Anthony & Sam Freedman N/A
126 5x01x0705x SKYPHIOS Daniel P Kelly N/A
127 21221189×1 SOUL CHOICE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott N/A
128 0942110x0x SPECIAL SWEY (NZ) Chris Waller 81
129 245x31245x STARIANNE Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 67
130 1557×18111 STRAIT ACER Edward Cummings 85
131 0x3951136x STREET GOSSIP Joseph Pride 78
132 1102330×85 SUIZURO Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young N/A
133 13121×1 SUNSHINE IN PARIS Annabel Neasham N/A
134 11x74426Px SUPER CHILLED Chris Waller N/A
135 6x1112x TAVI TIME (NZ) Kris Lees 69
136 31323x067x TENDERIZE Gary Portelli 61
137 37685×1 TERRITORY EXPRESS Paul Niceforo 59
138 x54x14217x TORONTO TERRIER Michael Moroney N/A
139 321x13595x VICTORY LANE Robert & Luke Price 66
140 0190x2162x VIENNA PRINCESS Chris Waller 84
141 90×6567 VIKING BLOOD Edward Cummings N/A
142 118x95143x WALTZ ON BY Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman N/A
143 3x WAR FRONTIER (USA) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) N/A
144 24x7281x15 WATADEEL Phillip Stokes N/A
145 69x212221x WAVERIDER BUOY Chris Waller 82
146 x745303x4x WILLIAMSBURG Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 90
147 x52535x5x4 WILLINGA BEAST Kris Lees 84
148 x31117x435 WOLLOMBI Peter & Paul Snowden 84
149 120x WRITTEN IN CODE Annabel Neasham N/A
150 40x437656x YANKEE HUSSEL Kris Lees N/A
151 1383371×6 YASUKE Chris Waller 69
152 11x12x122x YELLOW BRICK Tony & Maddysen Sears N/A
153 6118x3500x ZOE’S PROMISE Kris Lees N/A
154 17x14x2x6 ZOOLOGY (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace N/A
155 111x419x64 ZOUGOTCHA Chris Waller 105
156 216×83 ZOUPURRING Leon & Troy Corstens N/A

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 $10 million feature.

The Golden Eagle form from 2021 stacked-up with the winner I’m Thunderstruck going on to run second in Melbourne’s $5 million The All-Star Mile and Sydney’s Group 1 Doncaster Mile the following autumn in 2022.

The 2022 Golden Eagle form was franked with the winner I Wish I Win returning in the autumn for a strong Group 1 campaign that included two elite level Melbourne placings and a win in Sydney’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).

2023 Golden Eagle Form

A link to our detailed Golden Eagle 2023 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.

2023 Golden Eagle Tips

Our expert team of tipsters will provide the 2023 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: #18 Legarto ($8 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Going for a touch of value in the Golden Eagle this year and have the visiting New Zealand-trained Group 1 winning mare Legarto on top at a nice price. She was last seen carrying 58.5kg to a Black-Type win over the mile at home and is one of the proven horses at the distance here. She is back down under and will relish a drop in weight to 55.5kg. Michael Dee comes aboard from a favourable barrier six draw. She was in Australia for the autumn and beat home the boys as a three-year-old at Flemington in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) so has class. It is a big field, there are plenty of form lines to consider, and this is her first Sydney start but think the price is too good to go past.

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

As well as listing the complete Golden Eagle finishing order the official Golden Eagle race 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.

The inaugural champion Kolding holds the current Golden Eagle race record winning in 2001 in a time of 1 minute 28:28 seconds.

Colette (2020) was the last Golden Eagle winning mare.

In 2023 the Japanese-trained Obamburumai became the first international The Golden Eagle winner.

Past Golden Eagle Winners

Past Golden Eagle winners and place-getters dating back to the race’s inauguration in 2019 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Obamburumai Pericles Golden Mile 1:29.26
2022 I Wish I Win Fangirl Gypsy Goddess 1:28.19
2021 I’m Thunderstruck Count De Rupee Vangelic 1:27.90
2020 Colette Icebath Dawn Passage 1:32.67
2019 Kolding Sunlight Mizzy 1:28.28