Racing this week in Adelaide is headlined by a feature Morphettville sprint with the 2015 The Goodwood taking centre stage in South Australia on Saturday.
The set weight plus penalties clash is scheduled to run as Race 7 at 3:48pm (local time), a final field of 17 engaged for this autumn’s $500,000 Group 1 Darely Goodwood (1200m) where we are offering a Bonus Bet if your first fixed odds win bet comes second or third.
Leading our latest Darley Goodwood betting market at $4.40 is the market mover Black Heart Bart who has overtaken Hucklebuck as the punters’ pick.
Prepared at Lark Hill by Vaughn Sigley, four-year-old Blackfriars gelding Black Heart Bart opened at $5.50 with us for the win on the weekend but has been smashed early causing us to wind his price right in.
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Drawn better than midfield in barrier seven with regular jockey Glen Smith retaining the ride, Black Heart Bart has won his past four straight since a New Year’s Day win at Ascot.
Since then he’s won another three Listed races around WA, Saturday his first venture east.
A winner of two of his three pervious 1200m starts, Black Heart Bart was last seen winning a Bunbury black type over 1400m on March 8, and how the WA form stacks up on Saturday is crucial.
Former favourite now occupying the second line of The Goodwood betting is then the returning Hucklebuck ($4 out to $4.60) who jumps from gate three with Dom Tourneur booked for the ride.
Local horseman Phillip Stokes prepares the nicely-drawn Elvstorem four-year-old who boasts eight wins from 13 career starts to date.
Two of those have been over the 1200m at Morphettville, which he resumes over this weekend, Hucklebuck going straight back to elite level company after winning the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington back in early November during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
He has had two recent barrier trials for two wins to bring him on fitness wise and is still a livewire hope despite the drift in our markets.
We also have Lucky Hussler ($6) and Under The Louvre ($9) currently at single figures to win The Goodwood, a race Smokin’ Joey caused a big upset in 12 months ago saluting as a 40/1 shot.
Darren Weir prepares Group 1 William Reid Stakes winning Husson gelding Lucky Hussler, the five-year-old last seen running sixth to the now-retired Dissident in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 18.
He drops back in distance this weekend, the same metres he won the Group 1 over at Moonee Valley in late March, and has won four from eight over 1200m before.
Under The Louvre meanwhile is up in class for The Goodwood, Robert Smerdon’s Excellent Art four-year-old drawn well with barrier four for jockey Mark Zahra.
Zahra was last aboard the stallion for a black type win over the 1200m at Mornington on March 28 and is back in the saddle after Nicholas Hall rode the consistent sprinter to a second behind Amorino last time out in the Listed Anniversary Vase (1400m) at Caulfield last month.
Outside of the single figure hopes to win The Goodwood we’ve got a number of other livewire chances at good value including John Sadler’s William Reid runner-up Vain Queen ($12), the widely-drawn Lord Of The Sky ($12) last seen crossing second in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes behind Chautauqua and Gregers ($15).
Before Smokin’ Joey’s win last year, mares had a stranglehold on The Goodwood winning four editions on the trot and after a brave second behind former Blue Diamond Stakes winner Miracles Of Life in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) over the same track and distance on May 2, the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Commands mare Gregers looks a nice shot of saluting for the female gallopers again in 2015.