R&S Thoughts: Silver Eagle

The swamp returns at Randwick on Saturday with a capacity field set to line up in this year's Silver Eagle.

MR MOZART winning the B'town Workers H'bury Guineas at Hawkesbury in Australia.
MR MOZART winning the B'town Workers H'bury Guineas at Hawkesbury in Australia. Picture: Steve Hart

From it's three runnings, a horse is yet to complete the feature double, however a top three finish on Saturday secures an all important start in the $10M Golden Eagle on the 29th of October.

The Team Hawkes trained Mr Mozart is the early favourite following an indifferent run first up in the Theo Marks Stakes.

Coming into the straight he appeared to be struggling before knuckling down late to only be narrowly beaten.

On Timeform's scale he has good improvement to come and is sure to relish the wet conditions.

From the wide draw he should have little trouble sliding across and on best form he remains one of the hardest to beat.

The Chris Waller trained Espiona has failed to live up to market expectations this time in, but she appears ready now third up.

She closed off well in the Golden Pendant and much like Mr Mozart she appears well placed on career best form.

Rated 111 by Timeform she is already a more than up to scratch winner of this race, it's just over to Brett Prebble to weave some magic from the wide draw.

Stablemate Waterford doesn't have the runs on the board, but is clearly a horse trending the right way, unbeaten in three starts in Australia.

Love the way Waller has brought him along and the fact he throws him straight in the deepend is as good a sign as any.

They won't come back to him as easily as Tamerlane did last start, but he sets up well back in trip with four weeks between runs.

Berry sticks aboard and with even luck in the straight he can get home over the top of them.


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