South Australia’s Adelaide Racing Carnival continues into its third and final week with the state’s premier sprint race, The Goodwood. With $400,000 in prize money, The Goodwood will be run over 1200m at Morphettville racecourse on 16 May.
So far, interstate raiders have taken two of the three Group 1 races at the South Australian carnival. Sydney trainer Chris Waller won the Group 1 Schweppes Australasian Oaks with his filly Toffee Tongue, and the exciting Russian Caravan, trained in Melbourne by Danny O’Brien, beat a crack field in the Group 1 South Australian Derby to race to the top of Sportsbet’s Melbourne Cup futures betting markets.
The only local success at the top level was the win of Bella Vella, trained by Will Clarken, who led throughout to win the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes.
The Goodwood meeting offers up a quality program for punters wanting a bet. The meeting includes the $120,000 Group 3 RA Lee Stakes (1600m), the $120,000 Group 3 SA Fillies Classic (2500m), the $150,000 Group 3 National Stakes (1200m), the $120,000 Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m) and the $100,000 Listed Centaurea Stakes (2000m).
THE GOODWOOD: CAN SANTA TRASH THE LOCAL STAR’S PARTY?
Local star Gytrash holds the top position in The Goodwood betting market at Morphettville on Saturday 16 May.
In the past six months, the gelding has transformed into one of Australia’s most exciting sprinters, and a win in The Goodwood could earn him a slot in the field for the $14 million The Everest in Sydney in the spring. Check out The Everest futures betting for more on how his chances are shaping up.
Although Gytrash showed talent by winning the Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington in February, this looks to be his toughest assignment over the 1200m distance due to some outstanding interstate sprinters.
One of those is the 2018 The Goodwood winner Santa Ana Lane, who has been freshened by trainer Anthony Freedman and who looks well placed with 59kg against Gytrash’s 58.5kg.
Also expect a forward run in this high-class sprint from the James Cummings–trained Trekking, who won the 2019 Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm and was a fast-finishing third in last October’s high-rating The Everest (1200m) at Randwick. Santa Ana Lane finished second in The Everest and, wherever he finishes, the form-line suggests Trekking will be close by.
Father-son trainers Tony and Calvin McEvoy sent Sunlight packing after her inglorious performance when she came last behind Bella Vella in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes two weeks ago.
The mare, who has won $6.5 million in prize money to date, returns to the scene of her flop in The Goodwood after the McEvoys sent her to Melbourne and back as part of her preparation.
Tony McEvoy said the decision to send Sunlight on an eight-hour float trip to Flemington was to give the mare a change of scenery and re-spark her interest in racing after jockey Barend Vorster suggested Sunlight decided not to try in the Robert Sangster Stakes.
In desperation, the McEvoys also have added blinkers for the first time to Sunlight.
Those punters chasing some value should look to the tiny Tasmanian The Inevitable, despite his wide draw, the Victorian Zoutori, who has won three of his six fresh-up starts; and Santa Ana Lane’s stablemate Lyre.
The Goodwood tips: Bet on Gytrash and Santa Ana Lane with a saving bet on Trekking. For those looking for odds, try Zoutori.
OTHER MORPHETTVILLE RACES: RISING STARS IN THE SUPPORT CARD
There is a strong support program that includes the up-and-coming Harbour Views (race 7, number 9) in the R A Lee Stakes.
Oasis Girl (race 6, number 13) shapes as an excellent each-way bet in the Centaurea Stakes.
Real Of Flowers (race 5, number 3) has been heavily backed to win the SA Classic. The filly is a very promising stayer for trainer Anthony Freedman.
Kazuhiko (race 2, number 4) is a first starter in the National Stakes. This colt cost $1.7 million as a yearling and his trainer Lloyd Kennewell, a former South Australian now based in Victoria, has returned to try to win Adelaide’s premier race for juveniles. Happy to follow the money on this colt.