From Joe Pride
Fri 30th Oct, 2020
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 7, Yes Yes Yes Stakes) Eduardo set the hectic speed in the Everest and folded up to beat just one home, a run that was totally out of character in his four runs for the stable. There’s an element of risk taking him back to the races two weeks after that (The Everest) but I haven’t seen anything to suggest to me he’s had enough. So we’re treating it as a one off. He had the right form, he had a torrid run that day, and he’s still got the right form. He loves the wet, two from two at Rosehill, so you can make a case for him. If he had run well in the Everest he’d probably be favourite for this. Those things didn’t happen so we are dealing with what we’ve got.
From Brad Widdup
Thur 29th Oct, 2020
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 8, Golden Eagle) Icebath goes into the race on the back of a brilliant win at Randwick last Saturday and I’m sure she won’t disgrace herself. It’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to having the chance of winning a $7.5m lottery. I’m not sure they (blinkers) have made much of a difference, but I certainly won’t be taking them off for this race.
From John Sargent
Thur 29th Oct, 2020
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 8, Golden Eagle) Key to Brandenburg’s chances is the return to heavy ground. This time in he’s been on hard tracks, they’ve been pass marks without being brilliant. I’ve changed a lot around, he’s been jumping and the side winkers go on and the rain is about so I think you will see a different horse. Regan Bayliss rides Brandenburg in the Golden Eagle and he took the entire for a spin in a close second in a Hawkesbury trial back on October 19.
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 8, Golden Eagle) she started the autumn as one of the most promising fillies in training but it was cut short when she bled as a well supported favourite back in March. We gave her a long break, she’s never shown any signs of that since and she’s come in a different horse. She’s a lot more mature and very relaxed. She finally showed last start what she can do, now we are out to that distance of 1500m to a mile. I think she’s on that upward trend and she will give it a shake on Saturday.
From Chris Waller
Thur 29th Oct, 2020
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 8, Golden Eagle) Obviously the draw is awkward but I’d imagine the horse drawn inside her, Just Thinkin’, would probably roll forward being one of Gai’s. It might be a nice opportunity to slide across with that horse and give us the run of the race and take all the luck out of it. Funstar has pleased the stable since the Epsom Handicap, where she jumped from 16 in the 17 horse field, and it’s really now up to jockey Tommy Berry to give her the best run possible. Her form right the way through her career is pretty outstanding. The conditions of the race suit her, in terms of being restricted (to four-year-olds), and the distance and track is spot on. She’s had a few weeks between runs but she trialled well and is ready to rock and roll.
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 8, Golden Eagle) The drop to 1300m is a factor for her disappointing Silver Eagle run last start. The draw (2) is probably not perfect for her because she can be slow away and waste a good draw and she generally runs better with a bit of open space. The Eagle will be run later in the day and they will be getting off the fence, so it should allow her plenty of space to let down and if she brings her best I think she is right up to them.
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 8, Golden Eagle) He was beaten less than a length first-up in the Tramway Handicap (1400m) then finished four lengths behind Probabeel in the Bill Ritchie (1400m). He’s drawn (11) quite well and it’s a pretty big incentive to stay in Sydney rather than risking a float trip down there (Melbourne). I think this prep he’s been absolutely flying and for whatever reason he got that temperature just before the Epsom. It was so unfortunate because I thought he was a genuine winning chance in the Epsom. He’s certainly a much better horse than what he’s got in his form at present and his day will come. Robbie Dolan has the ride on Reloaded