Wet conditions to suit Brandenburg

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.”

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