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 2020
See below for the early betting markets on this years race.
The Goodwood Preview & Tips 2020
Track: Soft Weather: Fine
There is a field of 15 runners for the $400,000 Goodwood. The early favourite is Gytrash who was placed in the Newmarket and the William Reid before a 3.1 length win in the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes last start. Second favouritism is shared between Santa Ana Lane who won this race in 2018, and Trekking who finished 2nd in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes at Randwick last outing.
Sunlight is a top quality mare who came 2nd in the RN Irwin then seemed to go amiss in the TAB Classic a fortnight ago. The Inevitable has won 8 of his 13 starts and should make his presence felt. Order Of Command has won his last two starts over this distance in weaker company and is nicely drawn in barrier 2. Behemoth was an unlucky 2nd in this race last year. Lyre won the Blue Diamond and was placed in the Golden Slipper as a two-year-old and was a close 2nd in the TAB Classic last start. All other runners are currently 16 to 1 or longer.
The Goodwood Runner by Runner 2020
1. Santa Ana Lane
This horse won this race in 2018 and has won 10 of his 40 starts, with 6 of those wins being over this distance. He came from well back to finish 2nd in the TJ Smith Stakes on a heavy track where he ran the best 800m-400m sectionals, then he worked home well for 3.5 lengths 6th in the All Aged Stakes last start. This is his favourite distance and he should fly home late to be in the finish.
In 2019 he won the Stradbroke Handicap so he already has a Group 1 win and has won over distances from 1100m to 1400m. He didn’t appear to like the heavy going when 7th in the TJ Smith Stakes, but has the best race sectionals when 2nd in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes over 1200m at Randwick last start.
With 8 wins and 9 places from 18 starts, the only time this horse has missed being in the trifecta was when he finished 10th of 16 in this race last year after over-racing and losing a plate. He won the Black Caviar Lightning in February, was placed in the Newmarket and William Reid Stakes, then won the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes by over 3 lengths last start. He is my top pick to win.
This classy mare has 7 wins over this distance and is a multiple Group 1 winner. She resumed for 2nd in the G3 RN Irwin Stakes, then appeared to be making a move when she dropped right out to finish last of 16 in the TAB Classic. She is way better than that and I expect her to make her presence known here.
Three runs back this gelding was 2nd in the Oakleigh Plate, before 4th in the Newmarket then 11th in the William Reid Stakes. He goes best when fresh and hasn’t raced for 8 weeks so is capable of placing here.
6. Jungle Edge
He is the oldest horse in the race and one of the best “mud” horses around. He winded badly to finish 14th in The Galaxy over 1100m at Rosehill on 21 March, then was never in doubt when he won the Group 3 DC McKay Stakes over 1100m by 1.7 lengths on a soft track here at Morphettville on 2 May. If it rains then back him
7. The Inevitable
This gelding has 8 wins from 13 starts, including the Silver Eagle in October. He ran on strongly last start for 0.4 lengths 2nd over 1000m at Flemington where he carried 60kg and should go better with the extra 200m and a 4kg drop in weight.
8. Order Of Command
He is going for a hat-trick after winning both starts so far this campaign. He resumed for a 2 length win over 1200m at Caulfield on 11 April, then won the Listed Wangoom Handicap over 1200m at Warrnambool on 6 May. This is a massive rise in class and will be his first time in a Group 1 race, but he is a certainly an in-form horse.
Last year he was slowly away and badly held up before flying home to just miss when 2nd in the 2019 running of this race. He finished last campaign with 4th in the Golden Eagle and resumed for 2nd behind Jungle Edge in the G3 DC McKay Stakes. He should go well here.
10. Bold Star
His best distance is 1000m and he is untested at Group 1 level. His last 2 starts were 4th in the listed Railway Stakes over 1000m and 4th in the G3 DC McKay Stakes. He would have to improve considerably to be in the finish here.
As a two-year-old she won the Blue Diamond Stakes and was 3rd in the Golden Slipper. She has yet to win as a three-year-old, but drove hard late to finish a close 2nd in the TAB Classic last start and is not without a hope.
This filly did a terrific job to hang on and win the Group 2 Euclase Stakes at this track and distance on 2nd May. She has drawn the inside gate and rates as an each-way chance.
13. Free Of Debt
The rank outsider of the field. She ran last in the Oakleigh Plate then last in the Listed Matrice Stakes, then improved after a 7 week break to run 2.1 lengths 5th in the G2 Euclase Stakes.
She worked home nicely for 2 lengths 4th in the TAB Classic last outing but her last win was a benchmark 82 at Murray Bridge in August 2019. Not the worst.
15. Li’l Kontra
This filly has numerous placings at this track but this is much tougher than the fields she normally races in. She always tries hard but this looks beyond her.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
1 Santa Ana Lane
7 The Inevitable
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. When James Cummings trained the winner of this race in 2020 he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Bart who won it 4 times in the 1970’s and 80’s and his great-grandfather Jim who won it twice in the 1950’s.