The Goodwood is a 1200 metre race run under set weights with penalties conditions. It is held at Morphettville by the South Australian Jockey Club during late April or May each year.
- Race Type: Group 1, Open Set Weights plus Penalties
- Distance: 1,200 metres
- Track: Morphettville Racecourse, Adelaide, South Australia
- Date: Saturday 19 May 2018
The Goodwood was first run in 1881 as a principal race over 6 furlongs and was won by a horse with the unusual name of D.O.D. under handicap conditions. The distance converted to 1200 metres in 1973 when metric distances were introduced. It became a Group 1 race in 1980 and in 2007 it was changed from a handicap race to set weights with penalties. In the past it has been known as the Goodwood Handicap and the SAJC Marlboro Plate.
Lead-up races at Morphettville are the DC McKay Stakes (also known as the SAJC Honda Stakes) over 1100 metres, the RN Irwin Stakes over 1100 metres and the Euclase Stakes for three-year-olds over 1200 metres. The Goodwood is the major sprint race of the Adelaide Carnival and always attract a good field of competitive sprinters including horses from Melbourne and Sydney.
Winners at double figure odds have saluted quite often in the Goodwood and lightweights have had a good record too. In 1994 Ambala won at 60 to 1 and in 1995 Centisle won at 40-1. The move from handicap conditions to set weights and penalties should favour the better performed entrants, but in 2007 when the change was introduced the winner Let Go Thommo started at 30 to 1.
The Goodwood Final Field & Odds 2018
See below for the early betting markets on this years race.‘Odds not currently available’
The Goodwood Preview & Tips 2018
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There is a full field of 20 for the $1,000,000 Darley Goodwood. 2017 winner Vega Magic is the early favourite – he resumes here and has a great first-up record and 9 of his 12 wins have been at this distance. Second favourite is the well-travelled mare Viddora who won the Winterbottom Stakes and the Magic Millions Sprint before resuming for 2nd in the RN Irwin Stakes. Third in the market is Voodoo Lad (another horse starting with “V”) who is resuming but also has a great first-up record.
Thronum hasn’t started since he ran 2nd in the William Reid Stakes and goes well at this distance. Secret Agenda was 2nd in the UBET Classic last start while Super Cash never got clear running in that race and finished 11th. Santa Ana Lane charged late for 3rd in the DC McKay Stakes while three-year-old Viridine was a close 3rd in the Euclase Stakes. All other runners are currently 20 to 1 or longer, including 2015 winner Flamberge, Missrock who was 2nd last year and Stellar Collision who has 2 wins and three 2nds from his last 5 starts.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 Vega Magic|
|9 Stellar Collision|
Previous winners of the Goodwood :
Notable winners include Black Caviar (2012), Takeover Target (2009), Bomber Bill (2003), Euclase (1992), Tango Miss (1972), Matrice (1956), Royal Gem (1946) and Aurie’s Star (1940). Bomber Bill had Group wins in four states and 1946 winner Royal Gem went on to win the Caulfield Cup.
|2018||Santa Ana Lane||Missrock||I’ll Have A Bit|
|2017||Vega Magic||Missrock||Casino Wizard|
|2016||Black Heart Bart||Under The Louvre||Supido|
|2015||Flamberge||Lord Of The Sky||Under The Louvre|
|2012||Black Caviar||We’re Gonna Rock||Stirling Grove|
|2011||Lone Rock||Crystal Lily||Pinwheel|
|2010||Velocitea (NZ)||Catapulted||Very Discreet|
|2009||Takeover Target||I Am Invincible||Commanding Hope|
|2008||Shadoways||Cargo Cult||Diplomatic Force|
|2007||Let Go Thommo||Tesbury Jack||Royal Ida|
|2005||Glamour Puss (NZ)||Solar Antiquity||Shablec|
|2004||Super Elegant||Recurring (NZ)||Danabaa|
|2002||Zip Zip Aray||Libidinious||The Big Chill (NZ)|
|2000||Marstic||Czar Hero (NZ)||Strident|