Tournament of the week time! We head to Adelaide for the Group 1 Goodwood Handicap!
This week’s Tournament Of The Week takes place at Morphettvile, Adelaide. The sole Group 1 meeting in Australia this weekend – The Goodwood Handicap for the sprinters. As usual, $110 buy-in and 2k guaranteed. #TOTW PLAY HERE
Group 1 Goodwood Handicap
A ripping sprint race over 1200m to round out the Group 1’s in Adelaide. The race record time was set by Spectrum in 1995 in a time of 1:08.33. The leading trainer with five wins, believe it or not, is the great Walter Hickenbotham and they were achieved in the first decade of the twentieth century! This years field looks very competitive although there are no Black Caviars amongst them.
The fancied runner is Adelaide favourite and locally trained Hucklebuck who is returning after a huge spring campaign when he went undefeated in his three starts that included taking out the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes.
Hucklebuck has trialled at Gawler and also galloped at Morphettville ahead of his return with his trainer, Phillip Stokes, happy with his progress.
“A couple beat him out at the start … but he pulled his way to the front and won by about four lengths.
“He had a bit of a blow after the trial. He’ll have one more piece of work between now and Saturday. That should have him pretty much where we want him.
“It’ll be a good race. I’m looking forward to it,” Stokes said.
Can Hucklebuck make it four wins on the trot?
He sure can, but we are hunting for a bit more value in a very open field and have landed on an underrated mare from John Sadlers stable.
Tip: VAIN QUEEN E/W
Sticking with this quality mare who was luckless in the Sangster but only missed out narrowly after spotting the first three a start. This was the goal all along and I expect John Sadler has her cherry ripe. Drawn barrier 10 should prove to be an ideal position to settle with some cover off the fence and be finishing down the middle or outside of the track.
A host of stars have taken out the Goodwood, topping the list of past winners is the champ Black Caviar (see below). The race was her final hit-out in Australia before her famous win at Royal Ascot.
Other notable winners of the race are: Platelet, Smokin’ Joey, Takeover Target, Bomber Bill and Glamour Puss.
Australian jockey and TV personality Johnny Letts holds the record with five wins in the event. (1961, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1984).
Last years winner Smokin Joey’ will attempt to become the first horse to win the race twice since the early 1900’s!!
That’s right, no more swoopers in the big tournaments. Entries will close after the start of Race 5. You can bet in whatever races you like but you MUST be entered in the tournament before the start of Race 5.
Good luck and good punting!
**If the $110 is a bit rich for your veins we will have a host of other options on the site for Saturdays racing including the stand alone fun at Scone, the Flemington $23 and the Sunshine Coast Guineas meeting.