Goodwood Handicap tips & Morphettville preview 16/5/2020
Welcome to our free tips and preview for Goodwood Handicap day, being run at the picturesque Morphettville track in Adelaide, Australia, on Saturday.
The Gordon Richards-trained Gytrash is the $3.80 favourite in betting to win the Group 1 $750,000 Goodwood Handicap (1200m), but has eased slightly after drawing gate 12.
Santa Ana Lane ($7), Trekking ($7.50) and Sunlight ($9) round out the top four in the betting, but there are several other live chances of causing an upset.
We have also cast our eye over the rest of the fields and nominated our best bets for the Morphettville racing taking place on Saturday, May 16, 2020.
Read on for our free Morphettville racing tips for Goodwood Handicap day!
Morphettville race 2: M&J Chickens National Stakes, 12.05pm local time, 1200m
A Group 3 sprint for the two-year-olds and this has attracted a strong line-up. 6.Diala is a worthy favourite and the Team Hawkes-prepared filly hit the line well to win at Sandown last start. There are a couple of bluebloods stepping out for the first time: the Deep Impact colt 4.Kazuhiko, which cost a lazy $1.7 million at the yearling sales, and Dundeel filly 10.Miss Guggenheim.
Morphettville race 5: TAB SA Classic, 1.55pm local time, 2500m
This 2500-metre race is a real test for the three-year-old fillies. Bookmakers have made Sydney-trained filly 5.Stick ’Em Up and 3. Realm Of Flowers the early favourites, with the former running well in the Group 1 ATC Oaks before breaking through for a second win over 2350m at Newcastle. She is trained by a master mentor of stayers in John Sargent. Realm Of Flowers beat an ordinary lot at Murray Bridge last start but did it in barnstorming style and has gun young rider Damien Thornton on board. Topweight 1.La Falaise powered home at the end of the Schweppes Oaks over 2000m last start and would seem suited by the extra ground.
Morphettville race 7: R.A. Lee Stakes, 3.15pm local time, 1600m
This Group 3 looks a nice stepping stone for 9. Harbour Views, a visitor from Victoria which has shown great ability in his give wins from only seven starts. Sire he was well beaten last time out at Caulfield but the track was playing against him that day and he made up many lengths against the pattern. This is not any easy race though. 13.Seabrook is a class mare though she really has trouble breaking through for a win, as evidence by her two wins and eight placings from 20 starts. He best is good enough and she will appreciate being down in the weights. 15.Snogging ran on well last start and has a habit of bobbing up at big odds. We rate the young jockey Lachlan Neindorf as a star of the future and he will give her every chance.
Morphettville race 8: Goodwood Handicap, 3.55pm local time, 1200m
One of the great sprint races on the calendar and is considered to be the best race in South Australia each year. It is run at set weights with penalties and recent winners include the likes of champion Black Caviar (2012) and Takeover Target (2009). 1.Santa Ana Lane won the race in 2018 and is back for another crack, but the strong favourite is the Gordon Richards-trained 3.Gytrash. Gytrash, a son of Lope De Vega, has won eight of his 18 starts with nine placings; the only time he missed a place was in the 2019 Goodwood Handicap, but he is a much more mature sprinter this time around. In recent starts he has won the Group 1 Lightning Handicap at Flemington, ran third in the Newmarket Handicap at that track and second in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley. He tuned up for this with an easy win at this course two weeks ago. 4.Sunlight is a top-line mare but her latest run was too bad to be true when she was beaten a long way from home against the girls. She could bounce back but we can’t tip her after that. 7.The Inevitable is a real racehorse and brings a different formline, as do Santa Ana Lane and 2.Trekking, which have raced in good company in Sydney of late.
Morphettville race 9: Proud Miss Stakes, 4.35pm local time, 1200m
A Group 3 for fillies and mare to finish the Adelaide carnival, with plenty of value to be found in a really open affair. 2.Humma Humma is the early favourite with bookmakers and she has a booming finish if the race is run to suit. She was plain last start though. The strong Melbourne stable of Mick Price and Michael Kent jr have sent the promising mare 4.Mystery Love across and she has won four of only seven starts. She gets the services of top SA rider Jason “Stubby” Holder. We should point out that Mystery Love is also an acceptor for the opening race at Flemington. 10. Too Good Too Hard is another mare still on the upward spiral.
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