Thu, May 17, 1:27pm by Staff Writer
The third and final day of South Australia’s Festival of Racing is this Saturday with the Group 1 Goodwood (1200m) the feature event. The rail is out four-metres and the track should be in the good range.
A capacity field of 20 have accepted for the Goodwood with Vega Magic ($2.80) a dominant favourite as he looks to make it back-to-back wins in the race. Last year – when also first-up – he carried 56.5kg and jumped from barrier six while this year he lumps top weight of 59kg and will jump from barrier 14. A winner of 12 from 20 in total – with three from six when first-up – he’s won four from his last six and he did run second in The Everest (1200m), a race in which some thought he should have won given a more favourable ride.
Darren Weir won the Goodwood two years ago with Black Heart Bart and this year he saddles up three runners, including Voodoo Lad ($10) who resumes from a spell. A winner of four from six when fresh – with two seconds – this has been a target race for him given his good first-up record. He’ll jump from barrier one with Ben Allen to ride. Stable mates Stellar Collision ($27) and Handsome Thief ($26) are racing well but up in grade, and they’ve been given no favours with barriers 17 and 12 respectively.
Viddora ($7.50) missed the G1 Sangster (1200m) due to a minor setback but she’s back on Saturday and racing in good form of late with three wins and six seconds from her last ten starts.
Secret Agenda ($15) ran fourth in this race last year and she comes into this off a last start second in the Sangster behind Shoals. Santa Ana Lane ($16) is third-up and will be suited with the step up to 1200m while stable mate to the favourite Thronum ($11) has a G2 win and G1 second to his name from his last four starts.
Viridine ($18) was very good three starts back in the G1 Galaxy (1100m) and was unlucky when eighth in the G2 Arrowfield (1200m) when blocked for a run down the straight. Last start he was posted wide and closed well enough when third to outsider I’ll Have a Bit ($27) – who also lines up in the Goodwood – in the G2 Euclase (1200m) here at Morphettville but he’s drawn barrier 20 of 20 and will need a Regan Bayliss special from out there.
Over at Flemington and it’s a rare two-mile race with the Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200m) the feature. It’s a wide-open race with three-year-old Runaway ($6.50) the favourite. He backs up after a third in the G1 SA Derby (2500m) last week which came off the back of two wins, the latter a Listed St Leger (2800m) win here at Flemington on Anzac Day.
Chequered Flag ($7) is looking for three-straight with stable mate Big Hammer ($9) going for two in a row. Sherlock Holmes ($7.50) was a last start Flemington winner over 2800m defeating Charlevoix ($8.50) and Sly Romance ($13) on that occasion, with three of his five wins being in Australia.
Sin to Win ($9), Doukhan ($11) and Romanesque ($10) are consistent without winning while top weight Self Sense ($23) has won two of his past three and is using this as a lead in to a hurdle race next week. Swacadelic ($11) is also given a chance in a race with many hopes.
Suggested Bet: Hoping Tim Clark can continue his recent good form with Savapinksi ($2.50, race 4, number 1) at Morphettville. The mare was solid last start when nabbed close to the line but the rise in distance should be in her favour. She does have to lug top weight but hopefully Clark can get her in a rhythm and prove too hard to run down.
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