What does the phrase ‘Look of Eagles’ mean in horse racing?

We all prefer to bet on horses with confidence and having the ‘Look of Eagles’ is a sign your pick could be a winner

Horse racing look of eagles


We may not be able to talk to horses but we can certainly understand their mood. When it comes to race day, spotting a horse that looks primed to run fast and not upset its jockey is one of the best ways to pick a winner.

Some punters keep an eye out for horses straining at the halter, while others watch how the jockey interacts with the horse when mounting. Some love to gaze into the horse’s eye and figure out if it has the spirit to win the race. This is called the ‘look of eagles’ and Paddy Power is here to explain more in our latest Demystifying Racing guide…

What is the ‘look of eagles’?

The ‘look of eagles’ is a phrase used occasionally by horse racing commentators, pundits and punters to describe a horse that is primed for action. It indicates a desire and focus found deep in the horse’s eyes.

Like an eagle, the horse is primed for the task in hand. It is confident and happy to run, and crucially is comfortable in its surroundings at the race course.

Spotting a horse that has the ‘look of eagles’ is one of the best ways to bet on hose racing if you like to follow a hunch. Of course, a confident horse doesn’t guarantee a win – but you can be sure it will give the race its all.

Can you spot winning horses?

One of the oldest conundrums in horse racing betting is how to spot a winning horse. Punters spend hours pouring over stats, form guides and race cards working out the statistically best chances of a horse winning or placing. Yet others will simply look in the eyes of a horse and decide to bet or not.

No racing tipster or expert punter is perfect, yet some know their stuff more than others. If you’re new to racing betting then make sure to check our Paddy Power’s daily horse racing tips from our expert tipsters, former jockeys and icons of the sport.

Horse racing look of eagles

Eye Of An Eagle breaks forward at Lingfield (GETTY)

How to watch horse racing live

Of course, if you want to get a glimpse of whether your pick has the ‘look of eagles’ then you’ll have to either head to a racecourse or live stream racing online. Here at Paddy Power we offer horse racing live streams and betting on every UK and Irish meet in the year. Included in the streams are previews of upcoming races, so you’ll be able to check which horse has the ‘look of eagles’ before the start.

Fans who want to live stream racing and place bets can do so by signing up to Paddy Power today. What’s more, our streams come with commentary, updated stats, live odds and a full results service – as well as the best race cards in the business – to keep you informed during every race.



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