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Golden Eagle hope ready for ‘new career peak’

Tulloch Lodge will launch a three-pronged Golden Eagle assault this Saturday and there’s a contender among them that co-trainer Adrian Bott believes is ready to produce a new career peak at Rosehill.

Bott and his training partner Gai Waterhouse will have Group 1 placegetter Riodini, Group 3 winner Dawn Passage and Listed victor Just Thinkin’ in the $7.5 million feature.

Riodini is the stable’s top chance leading into Tuesday’s final acceptances and barrier draw with Bott confident the former Kiwi galloper is capable of producing the best performance of his young career – provided he handles the predicted heavy going.

Riodini (left) will run in the Golden Eagle. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The son of Proisir has only been in Australia for his past three starts after making the journey across the Tasman at the beginning of the spring.

He has quickly settled into life in Sydney and comes into the Golden Eagle in career best form after his last start third in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap behind Probabeel and Funstar.

“That was where the winner came through last year (Kolding) so he looks the right profile of a horse,” Bott said.

“When he originally came over this was a race we identified for him and I know he runs a strong mile.

“He has had a nice trial in between the Epsom and it looks to be the right time of his preparation to produce a new career peak.

“The only element which is a bit of an unknown is that he is a bit unexposed on the heavy going over here but has form on it in New Zealand.”

Riodini is listed as an $11 chance with TAB.com.au with stablemates Dawn Passage ($15) and Just Thinkin’ ($26) not without a hope.

Dawn Passage earned exemption into the Golden Eagle field when the stallion ran home from the back to finish third in the Silver Eagle first-up.

Tim Clark rides Dawn Passage in a barrier trial. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“That was starting point and it was a good run that he was open to improvement off,” Bott said.

“He had to go back which left us with a bit of ground to make up in the Silver Eagle but we were happy with the run.

“We’ve given him a trial since then last Friday and saw enough from him the other day that keeps him up to the mark for this.”

Bott indicated the stable would likely follow a path to races like the $1 million The Gong and Villiers Stakes provided all goes well for Dawn Passage this weekend.

Meanwhile, Just Thinkin’ is set to reap the benefits of race fitness when he lines up for the sixth time this preparation on Saturday.

The So You Think gelding comes through a vastly different form line to his stablemates after last featuring in the Spring Mile on October 17 at Randwick, finishing third.

Just Thinkin’ will line up in the Golden Eagle. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“It was an improved run dropping back to the mile, which is probably his best trip, and he gets back to his own grade here,” Bott said.

“The blinkers will probably stay on.”

Waterhouse and Bott opted against running Shout The Bar in the Golden Eagle with the mare in Melbourne to chase a Group 1 in the Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

Originally published asGolden Eagle contender ready for ‘new career peak’

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