Eagle Falls will take to the track for the Group 1 The Goodwood this Sunday with the hope of taking his earnings to $1 million in prize money.
The five-year-old gelding has earned himself $997,883 in prize money during his successful career, putting him just over $2,000 away from the magic million.
Eagle Falls will only need to finish in the top ten in order to crack the million, with $3,500 being paid for tenth place.
However, trainer David Hayes has his heart set on a much more competitive result.
Hayes is confident that despite his unimpressive barrier draw (19), Eagle Falls is in with a winning chance this Sunday.
“It’s a really good Goodwood – one of the best I’ve seen,” Hayes said.
“We’ve had to scratch the past two times with him in Sydney due to the wet tracks but he’s really well.”
The trainer feels that fellow The Goodwood competitor Crystal Lily is the horse to beat.
“She should be favourite although she’s had a pretty tough time of it chasing behind the champion (Black Caviar),” Hayes said.
“As long as those runs didn’t flatten her she’ll be a major factor.”
Hayes is relishing in the absence of super mare Black Caviar this Sunday, who is in Brisbane preparing for her winter carnival campaign.
“I’ve never seen any horse as dominant at its distance as Black Caviar,” O’Brien said.
“It’s as simple as that.”
Hayes is also represented in the other feature event of the day, the Group 1 SA Derby, by filly Precious Lorraine.
Despite her last start failure, Hayes believes the 2,500 metre race distance will suit her perfectly.
“If we get a dry track I think she can be in the finish,” Hayes said.
“She races well at Morphettville, being a dual stakes winner there, and the mile-and-half is exactly what she needs.”