The Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival comes to a close on Saturday at Morphettville with the running of the Group 1 The Goodwood over 1200m.
A quality field is engaged with last year’s runner-up Gytrash and Behemoth both lining up, while Robert Sangster winner Instant Celebrity also looks a live chance to claim her second Group 1.
With plenty of other quality black-type races on the card, find out who we’re tipping on Goodwood Day here!
Race 1 - 11:56am
G.H. Mumm Handicap (2014m)
The step up beyond 2000m looks a lovely option now for Dr Dependable after finishing only a length sixth over the mile last time out.
The son of Rebel Raider made up some good ground after peeling away from midfield and the way he hit the line suggested he’s looking for further.
Fitter for two runs back and a winner twice over this trip previously, he rates highly.
2 Units Dr Dependable
Race 2 - 12:31pm
Group 3 David Coles AM Stakes (1200m)
Butter Blonde was exceptional in her second run back at Warrnambool, leading all the way over the same distance to kick and clear and win by over a length.
She’ll look to make her luck on speed yet again from the inside draw, and I’m trusting Craig Williams to get the job done after the pair combined to run third in the Ottawa Stakes on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington last year.
This is another tough assignment, with very few likely to challenge her for the lead, she should prove tough to catch.
2 Units Butter Blonde
Race 3 - 1:06pm
Fleurieu Milk Company Handicap (1050m)
It’s been a long time in between drinks for Not Enough Effort, but he does look capable of winning this race if he can take improvement away from his last start fourth at Sandown over a similar trip.
The Busuttin and Young trained five-year-old hasn’t won a race in close to two years, but he has been racing well of late finishing no worse than fifth across his last four starts.
This is his preferred trip with four wins and three placings on the board, while he’s also got some strong soft track form on his resume that suggests he’ll run well with any rain about.
2 Units Not Enough Effort
Race 4 - 1:41pm
Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m)
It’s hard to see anything beating Rubisaki in this race.
The Rubick mare has made punters forget all about her troubles during the spring with a strong first-up run at Caulfield, followed by a second-up third to Instant Celebrity two weeks ago in the Robert Sangster Stakes.
This is obviously a drop in class for her, and with the inside gate and some outstanding wet track form to her name, she’ll take a power of beating.
3 Units Rubisaki
Race 5 - 2:21pm
Group 3 SA Fillies Classic (2500m)
Flexible and Damien Oliver have some work to do from the wide gate, but I think they’ll still win this if they can land somewhere off the speed nice and early.
The filly out of Hallowed Crown has been up for a while, but she’s still held her fitness nicely to run this two runs back in the Adrian Knox Stakes at Randwick before a last start fourth in the Australasian Oaks here at Morphettville.
She had no luck that day from out wide and still managed to grab a share in the money, while the way she finished off also suggested she’s looking for further.
3 Units Flexible
Race 6 - 3:01pm
Listed Centaurea Stakes (2014m)
There’s a case to be made for a few here, but the form Shop Til I Drop has shown this time in work is way too good to ignore.
The Savabeel mare showed plenty of promise during the spring rattling off four wins in easier company, and has since resumed to finish runner-up over the mile in a Benchmark 62 and the Group 2 Queen of the South Stakes.
She finished strongly through the line in both of those runs and is only going to be tougher to beat over further.
3 Units Shop Til I Drop
Race 7 - 3:41pm
Group 3 R A Lee Stakes (1600m)
Craig Williams has his work cut out from the wide gate, but this does look a nice race for him and Magna Bella if they can offset the draw early.
The Magnus mare returned to work last month to win narrowly over 1200m at this venue before going on to finish two lengths second behind Groundswell in the Listed City of Adelaide Handicap on the Parks track.
This is tougher, but she drops 1kg and also tends to do some of her best racing on rain-affected going. The $8.50 quote at time of publish appears great value.
2 Units E/W Magna Bella
Race 8 - 4:22pm
Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m)
A quality field is engaged for The Goodwood this year, but I’m happy to have the favourite Gytrash on top after missing out by a nose in this same race last year to Trekking.
Gordon Richards’ five-year-old is as honest as they come and always does his best work fresh.
The son of Lope De Vega has won four of his six starts first-up from a spell, while it’s also hard to fault his spring form after winning comfortably fresh over the 1000m at Randwick before running third to Classique Legend in The Everest.
He loves Morphettville and has shown on several occasions that he handles the sting out of the track, so I can’t see a reason why he won’t win.
2 Units Gytrash
Race 9 - 5:05pm
Carbine Club of South Australia Inc Handicap (1200m)
Really tricky race to wrap up the day, so I’m going to put my faith in Jamie Kah aboard the lightly raced Chill With Teejay.
The three-year-old won her maiden at this venue earlier in January by a narrow margin, and more recently came storming home to greet the judge by half a length last time out at Marburg over the same distance.
She’s clearly a filly with plenty of upside, and with the right run along the rails, she’s worth of an each-way wager at the $10.00 tag.
2 Units E/W Chill With Teejay