the goodwood

One of South Australia’s most famous races, The Goodwood is a 1200m Group 1 race held at Morphettville Racecourse. Total prizemoney is $500,000. The race is held during the South Australian Autumn Racing Carnival, where it is the premier event for sprinters.

The Goodwood: Key runners

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GYTRASH is first-up for 196 days but he has won his last four first-up runs – last time first-up winning the G3 Concorde in Sydney rating a very high 118. He basically repeated that two starts later in the Yes Yes Yes Stakes, rating 117, before spelling. He loves Morphettville and he’ll map just behind the pace, well and truly close enough to pounce. Clearly the one to beat for me and essentially if he gets near his 117 / 118 marks, I think he wins.

BEHEMOTH has a really solid profile to run well here. He is a strong 1200m – 1400m horse resuming off a short spell, he should have plenty of residual fitness and be strong at the end of the 1200m. He won the G1 Sir Rupert Clarke in the spring of 2020, which I mention because Santa Ana Lane won that race too in 2017 before he took out the 2018 Goodwood. He’ll race handy enough to the speed and he will put himself right in this. Goes well.

INSTANT CELEBRITY is the danger to the favourite. Big win charging home last start to get over the top of them. She rated a new top there and as a filly gets some weight relief. Those are all plusses, as is the engagement of the flying Jamie Kah. The negatives are that her rating there probably won’t quite win this, and that she’ll be standing them a big start yet again. However I certainly can’t say last start was the top she can do… she’s third-up and fitter she very much could improve again.

SAVATOXL came back in career-best form with a 113 rating winning the McKay Stakes here two weeks ago, a race that does produce a lot of Goodwood winners and placegetters. He’ll make his own luck by leading on the rail, in all likelihood, which is a plus. His 113 might not quite be enough unless the likes of GYTRASH and BEHEMOTH fail to fire, but the way he races he’ll give himself every chance to win if they do.

DIRTY WORK has had a month off, and I think he’ll like getting back onto a drier track here (assuming it hasn’t gotten too wet between now at the time of writing and Saturday. If it was a slow 7, for example, I would have him longer). From the good draw he’ll probably be back a bit which is not ideal but if McNeil pushes him up they may get close enough to midfield. He has a strong finish on him and I don’t think we’ve seen his top yet.

BEAU ROSSA is racing well this prep, having won three of four, however I have him longer than the market chiefly because I have his figures in those three-year-old races as a bit off these older horses. He’ll drop in midfield from the kay draw and get his chance to run on, but he will need a new peak figure to do that, as his marks have him behind a few of them. Has scope for it though.

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