Expat New Zealand trainer John Sargent is rubbing his hands together as rain descends on Sydney.
He will be vying to take home the lion’s share of the A$7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m) with Group One performer Brandenburg (NZ) (Burgundy).
The son of ill-fated Cambridge Stud stallion Burgundy finished eighth last start in the Gr.1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick earlier this month, but he has subsequently finished runner-up in a 1000m trial and his trainer is pleased with him ahead of his weekend assignment.
“You would give him a pass mark (for his last start),” Sargent said.
“I have changed a lot around since then. We have been jumping him, the side-winkers go on and the rain is about, so I think you should see a different horse on Saturday.”