The Goodwood concludes what has been a thrilling Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival at Morphettville on Saturday, and it’s fair to say this year’s field of talented sprinters easily matches the class we saw last week in the South Australian Derby.
Proven Group 1 winners Gytrash, Santa Ana Lane and Sunlight make up the field, while there’s also a case to be made for some roughies following Despatch’s 21-1 victory last year.
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Race 1 - 12:00pm
Carbine Club Handicap (2030m)
Turf Man was a winner four starts back amongst BM78 company and has shown plenty of improvement rising up to the 2500m mark.
The John Hickmott-trained gelding was the best of the backmarkers in the Listed Port Adelaide Cup where he closed out nicely for fourth, and maps to get a similar late run here just off the fence under Jason Holder.
The five-year-old has raced well without winning in 10 starts at Morphettville and looks well over the odds to finally breakthrough.
1 Unit Turf Man EW
Race 2 - 12:35pm
M&J Chickens National Stakes (1200m)
It looks like Yule My Hero wants further now after running on well for fourth in the Listed Queen Adelaide Stakes.
Lachlan Neindorf steered the two-year-old into his maiden win three starts back over the 1000m and is now back in the saddle replacing Paul Gatt. It’s also hard to argue with the favourite Extra Time having finally drawn a good gate.
The Shooting To Win gelding finished strongly himself in the Queen Adelaide after looking a little wayward coming down the straight. He really should have found the placings but should be better for it.
1 Unit Yule My Hero, 1 Unit Extra Time
Race 3 - 1:10pm
Holdfast Insurance Handicap (1050m)
Symphonette raced well without winning last time in finishing runner-up in a pair of BM70 races over 1200m.
The four-year-old by Helmet has since returned in good order to run another second behind Mum’s My Hero, and although the sticky draw could pose a problem, there’s simply no denying how talented this mare really is.
She was well back at the turn last time out but found the line strongly from out wide. Two wins from four starts second-up also leaves her looking well over the odds.
2 Units Symphonette
Race 4 - 1:45pm
Schweppes Handicap (1200m)
Exeter raced amongst Alligator Blood and Super Seth back in the Spring and could easily come close here at big odds.
The three-year-old son of Fastnet Rock can be forgiven for his last start seventh at Sandown where he struck a wet track and should appreciate a much firmer surface on Saturday with two wins over the distance to his name.
John Allen steps into the saddle carrying equal third in the weights. He’ll need to overcome the wide draw, but should be left with plenty of horse underneath him if Exeter’s last start is any indication.
1 Unit Exeter EW
Race 5 - 2:25pm
SA Fillies Classic (2500m)
Realm Of Flowers gets back to Group 3 level and looks tough to beat based on the improvement she’s shown right throughout her campaign.
The three-year-old by So You Think won first-up at Geelong under Damien Thornton with the pair set to reunite on Saturday.
She was also a narrow last start winner dropping back to BM60 company over the 2000m at Murray Bridge where Lachlan Neindorf had to overcome the wide from the tail of the field. This looks to be her race.
2 Units Realm Of Flowers
Race 6 - 3:05pm
AAMI Centaurea Stakes (2030m)
Wings of Pastrami is one of only two horses in the field coming off a run in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks where she hit the line for sixth in her first start over 2000m.
The three-year-old takes on the mares here, but she definitely looks well over the odds considering she clocked the fourth-fastest final 200m of the Oaks.
Whether or she’s suited to staying distances remains to be seen, but dropping 3kg’s with Jake Toeroek retaining the ride is a big plus.
2 Units Wings of Pastrami
Race 7 - 3:45pm
R A Lee Stakes (1600m)
Seabrook worked home for second after sitting just off the speed behind all-the-way winner Shrouded In Mist in the Group 2 Queen of the South.
The four-year-old by Hinchinbrook hasn’t found the winner’s circle since her surprise win in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes back in 2018, but her form of late suggests she’s well overdue to put an end to that drought.
The mare has placed on all three occasions this time in and should get her chance to go one better here if Zac Spain can establish a spot up on the speed.
2 Units Seabrook
Race 8 - 4:25pm
The Furphy Goodwood (1200m)
There’s no denying Santa Ana Lane hasn’t returned the same horse since venturing over to Hong Kong last year, but that isn’t to say the five-time Group 1 winner can’t join Musket Belle and Mostyn as the only other horse to win two Goodwood’s.
The seven-year-old returned in good nick charging the line for second behind the front-running Nature Strip in the TJ Smith Stakes, right before a luckless run in the All Aged Stakes two weeks later.
Damien Thornton now jumps on for the first time, which could be just what the speedster needs. He’ll have plenty of options from barrier 10, and on top of the ground, Santa’s always a safe bet to finish strongly.
2 Units Santa Ana Lane
Race 9 - 5:05pm
Proud Miss Stakes (1200m)
Mystery Love is better than her most recent run where she struck a Heavy 9 at Sandown to finish 9 of 12.
The Mick Price and Michael Kent trained four-year-old was a comfortable first-up winner over the 1100m at Caulfield and should appreciate racing back on top of the ground again from barrier 8.
2 Units Mystery Love