Silver Eagle Race Information

The Silver Eagle is a 1300 metre set weights plus penalties race for four-year-olds run by the Australian Turf Club in October. It is held at Randwick as part of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

  • Race Type: Feature (not a Group race)
  • Distance: 1300 metres
  • Conditions: Set weights plus penalties, 4YOs
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Prizemoney: $1,000,000
  • Date: Saturday 14 October 2023

Silver Eagle Race History

See the 2023 Silver Eagle Preview and results.

See the 2022 Silver Eagle Preview and results.

See the 2021 Silver Eagle Preview and results.

See the 2020 Silver Eagle Preview and results.

The Inevitable, ridden by Nash Rawiller and trained by Scott Brunton, won the inaugural race in 2019. Racing NSW initiated a number of new races for Sydney’s spring carnival that year, including this one, designed as a lead-in to The Golden Eagle race that follows three weeks later. The Golden Eagle now ranks as the second-richest race in Australia.

In 2019 Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club announced the Golden Eagle as a new four-year-old race and created a “Golden Slam” at Rosehill where any horse that can win the Golden Slipper as a two-year-old plus the Golden Rose as a three-year-old plus the Golden Eagle as a four-year-old will get a $5 million bonus.

Each of the Golden Slam races have official lead-up races. The Silver Slipper is the lead-up to the Golden Slipper for two-year-olds, the Run To The Rose is the lead-up to the Golden Rose for three-year-olds and the Silver Eagle is the lead-up to the Golden Eagle for four-year-olds.

The goal of the The Silver Eagle and The Golden Eagle is to encourage more four-year-olds to continue competitive racing rather than be put out to stud.  The huge prize money on offer will hopefully convince connections to race their horses on for at least another season.

The winner, plus the 2nd and 3rd placegetters in this race are exempt from ballot for The Golden Eagle.

It is held on the same day as the Caulfield Guineas meeting in Melbourne which has three Group 1 races.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: Vienna Princess (2023)

Multiple winners: none yet

Fastest time (1300m): The Inevitable (2019) 1:14.54

Leading jockeys: Nash Rawiller (The Inevitable 2019)

Leading trainers: Scott Brunton (The Inevitable 2019)

Interesting trivia:

Past winners of the Silver Eagle

The race was run for the first time in 2019.

Year Winner Second Third
2022 Vienna Princess Strait Acer Pericles
2023 Vilana Mr Mozart Brigantine
2021 Aim Ellsberg Count De Rupee
2020 Flit Alligator Blood Dawn Passage
2019 The Inevitable Fasika Mizzy