Highly regarded international Maximal will need to overcome the outside barrier if John O’Shea’s new addition is to win Saturday‘s $7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m) at Rosehill.
The field was declared and barriers allocated on Tuesday with Maximal drawing barrier 22 while the pre-draw favourite I’m Thunderstruck drew favourably in gate 10.
The Golden Eagle is a race for four-year-olds and will be run under set weights, with Northern Hemisphere three-year-olds receiving a 1kg weight advantage.
A field of 18 runners plus four emergencies has been declared for Australia’s third richest race.
The 18 starters are made up of 14 entires and geldings and four mares.
Like Maximal, another of the internationals, Laws Of Indices drew out in barrier 19 while the third member of the Northern Hemisphere-bred gallopers – Reve De Vol drew a favourable barrier seven.
Other leading contenders - Private Eye drew barrier 17 while Queenslander Apache Chase drew six and Count De Rupee drew barrier four.
The field in 2021 consists of six Group 1 winners and 12 Group or Listed grade winners.
The Golden Eagle will be race eight on Saturday‘s card to be run at 4.50pm.