The Goodwood

The Goodwood

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2023
Location: Morphettville Racecourse – Adelaide, South Australia
Prize Money: $502,250
Distance: 1200m

The Goodwood is one of the showpiece events of Adelaide’s Autumn Carnival and the undisputed sprinting title that all the trainers want throughout the carnival.

A decision was made more than a decade ago by South Australian Racing officials to change the race from the traditional handicap to a set weights and penalties event, in an effort to bring some of Australia’s better sprinters to Morphettville to compete in the SAJC Goodwood.

The move paid immediate dividends in 2009 after superstar sprinter Takeover Target made the move to Morphettville, while Black Caviar was sent over to decimate her rivals just two years later.

2024 The Goodwood betting odds

Markets for The Goodwood 2024 are currently unavailable.

Best The Goodwood bookmakers

The Goodwood is a Group 1 race in one of the key sprint fixtures on the Australian calendar, which means any bookmaker that takes themselves seriously open markets on the Goodwood nice and early.

Ladbrokes and Neds usually open Goodwood all-in markets a couple of weeks in advance of the race, and other bookmakers we trust typically follow suit not long after.

Tote prices and other Fixed Odds markets tend to open when the race is two to three days away.

The bookies we trust the most are listed below and we recommend anyone interested in investing on the Goodwood to visit any of these sites:

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Betting on The Goodwood

The SAJC Goodwood is one of the toughest Group 1 races to be confident in heading into the race. Since 2011 nine of the ten winners have won a different lead up race leading into The Goodwood making hard to tie in formlines.

In the eight years prior to 2023 only geldings had won the race, with Royal Merchant becoming the first filly/mare since Platelet 2013 to claim victory in The Goodwood.

Since 1980, seven three-year-olds have taken out The Goodwood; Daring Jon (1987), Boardwalk Angel (1989), Keeper (2001), Zip Zip Aray (2002), Perfectly Ready (2006), Lone Rock (2011) & Royal Merchant (2023).

Since 2011, nine of the 12 winners have saluted at double figure odds. Black Caviar was a redhot favourite in 2012 saluting at $1.10, whilst the last four winners have been at odds of over $10.

2024 The Goodwood Final Field will update this page when the 2024 Goodwood field is released.

Previous The Goodwood Final Fields

Plenty of superstar sprinters of the racing scene have competed in The Goodwood, check out some of the previous final fields.

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks
    Front Page
    Geoff Duryea
    Billy Egan
    2 Silks
    James Cummings
    Jake Toeroek
    3 Silks
    Will Savage
    Caitlin Jones
    4 Silks
    James Cummings
    Ben Melham
    5 Silks
    Lyn Tolson & Leonie Proctor
    Craig Newitt
    6 Silks
    Free Of Debt
    Chris Bieg
    Justin Potter
    7 Silks
    James Cummings
    Damien Oliver
    8 Silks
    Mark & Levi Kavanagh
    Todd Pannell
    9 Silks
    Lofty Strike
    Julius Sandhu
    Jamie Mott
    10 Silks
    Mathew Ellerton
    Craig Williams
    11 Silks
    General Beau
    Mathew Ellerton
    Lachlan Neindorf
    12 Silks
    Frankie Pinot
    Tony & Calvin McEvoy
    Madison Lloyd
    13 Silks
    Not An Option
    Mike Moroney
    Patrick Moloney
    14 Silks
    Larimer Street
    David Jolly
    Kayla Crowther
    15 Silks
    Mitchell Beer
    Jordan Mallyon
    16 Silks
    Royal Merchant
    Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    Michael Dee
    17 Silks
    Another Award
    Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
    Jason Holder
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Behemoth David Jolly Kayla Crowther 8 59kg
    2 Savatoxl Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 7 58.5kg
    3 September Run Chris Waller Craig Williams 18 57kg
    4 The Inferno Cliff Brown Mark Zahra 3 57kg
    5 Beau Rossa Will Clarken Ben Price 21 57kg
    6 In The Boat Lindsey Smith Blaike McDougall 20 57kg
    7 Instant Celebrity Phillip Stokes Jake Toeroek 17 56.5kg
    8 The Astrologist Leon & Troy Corstens Fred Kersley 6 56kg
    9 Halvorsen Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Andrew Mallyon 2 56kg
    10 Free Of Debt Chris Bieg Dom Tourneur 4 56kg
    11 Regardsmaree Nick Ryan Billy Egan 1 56kg
    12 Ironclad Will Clarken Will Price 16 55.5kg
    13 Lombardo Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr Zac Spain 19 55.5kg
    14 Outlaws Revenge Ryan Balfour Jason Holder 9 55.5kg
    15 Bella Nipotina Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 15 55kg
    16 Aysar Ben & JD Hayes Michael Dee 16 54.5kg
    17 Not An Option Mike Moroney Patrick Moloney 5 54.5kg
    18 Frankie Pinot Tony & Calvin McEvoy Dean Holland 10 54.5kg
    19 Extreme Warrior Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr Jamie Kah 13 53.5kg
    20 General Beau Mathew Ellerton Daniel Moor 14 52.5kg
    21 Manhatten Times Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jessica Eaton 11 52kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Behemoth David Jolly Craig Williams 6 59kg
    2 Gytrash Gordon Richards Jason Collett 4 58.5kg
    3 Kemalpasa Richard & Chantelle Jolly Jake Toeroek 5 57.5kg
    4 Dirty Work Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 1 57kg
    5 Virdine James Cummings Damien Oliver 9 56kg
    6 Savatoxl Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 2 56kg
    7 Pretty Brazen Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 3 55.5kg
    8 Beau Rossa Will Clarken Todd Pannell 8 55.5kg
    9 Instant Celebrity Phillip Stokes Jamie Kah 11 55kg
    10 Prophet’s Thumb Anthony & Sam Freedman Damian Lane 7 55kg
    11 Dollar For Dollar Tony & Calvin McEvoy Jason Holder 10 54.5kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Santa Ana Lane Anthony Freedman Damien Thornton 10 59kg
    2 Trekking James Cummings John Allen 6 58.5kg
    3 Gytrash Gordon Richards Jason Holder 12 58.5kg
    4 Sunlight Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 3 57kg
    5 Zoutori Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Lachlan Neindorf 11 57kg
    6 Jungle Edge Mick Bell Georgina Cartwright 13 56kg
    7 The Inevitable Patrick Payne Dean Holland 15 56kg
    8 Order Of Command Danny O’Brien Ethan Brown 2 55.5kg
    9 Behemoth David Jolly Todd Pannell 7 54.5kg
    10 Bold Star Gordon Richards Kayla Crowther 4 54.5kg
    11 Lyre Anthony Freedman Zac Spain 8 54kg
    12 Xilong Tony & Calvin McEvoy Paul Gatt 1 53.5kg
    13 Free Of Debt Chris Bieg Dylan Caboche 14 53kg
    14 Amberdi Sue Jaensch Emily Finnegan 9 52.5kg
    15 Li’l Kontra Ryan Balfour Karl Zechner 5 52kg

2023 The Goodwood result

1stRoyal Merchant ($18.00)
2ndAnother Award ($2.00)
3rdZapateo ($1.65)

Recent SAJC Goodwood winners:

  • It was the two girls down the bottom of the page that fought out the finish in the 2023 edition of the Group 1 Goodwood, as Royal Merchant ($17) proved too strong for Another Award in the closing stages. It’s yet another Group 1 victory of the campaign for the training duo of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, cleaning up all but one of the major prizes during the South Australian autumn carnival. It’s been an incredible training effort considering the long preparation for the lone three-year-old filly engaged, having her first-up run back in December of 2022. The race didn’t fall into their lap though as Michael Dee produced an absolute peach ride, slicing between gallopers, before holding off the closing challenge of Another Award ($6) whose ultra-consistency almost paid maximum dividends. Well backed second favourite Lofty Strike ($4) just continues to find one or two better, flying down the middle of the course for fourth, while Zapateo ($3.50) was an unfortunate watch, finding trouble turning for home as she did in the Group 1 Robert Sangster.
  • Despite starting favourite in a Manikato Stakes during the spring, the Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained Lombardo had hardly set the world on fire throughout his autumn campaign. However, that all change in The Goodwood, with Zac Spain piloting Lombardo to Group 1 glory. Having drawn out wide in barrier 18, Spain was quick to take up the running and had many of his rivals chasing as they entered the home straight. Having kicked clear with 200m to go, Lombardo already had a winning break going on to beat Halvorsen by 1.5 lengths and handing Zac Spain his second Group 1 win as a jockey.
  • When Will Savage bought the $8000 yearling in Alice Springs, never would you think it would be competing against some of the best sprinters in Australia in the Group One SAJC Goodwood. However 2021 comes after the five-year-old gelding has run most his wins on sand and is currently sitting at $19 to win his first Group One. Barend Vorster took the inside rail on Savatoxl and he ran clear to win by two lengths over group one winners Instant Celebrity and Gytrash.
  • It was an enthralling finish to the 2020 SAJC Goodwood when Gytrash reeled in tearaway leader Xilong at the 300m mark. However, Trekking who had been three back the fence and in the need of a bit of luck saw clear air at the 200m and charged down the middle of the track to nab the Group 1 superstar Gytrash on the winning post. The win for jocky John Allen was even sweeter as he had to undergo two weeks of quarantine prior to the Adelaide carnival due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Trekking’s win in The Goodwood was his second Group 1 success following a win in the Stradbroke Handicap almost 12 months earlier.
  • The 2019 edition of the Goodwood was won by $21 roughie Despatch, which was ridden by Todd Pannell and trained by Tony McEvoy. Despatch managed to hold off a fast-finishing Behemoth and pre-race favourite Spright, who also finished strongly.
  • It seems unfathomable given Santa Ana Lane’s record in Group 1 races, but the champion sprinter was a huge outsider coming into the 2018 Goodwood. As the race panned out too he looked like an also-run, cornering towards the back of the field as the leaders entered the straight. In a piece of masterful riding however by Ben Melham, the gelding pierced his way through a wall of horses and hit the front in the final 50m to deliver a powerful win.
  • Vega Magic came into the 2017 Goodwood as the second favourite just behind the previous year’s winner Black Hart Bart, and the front runner seemed to have it all his own way coming to the turn. Missrock loomed up on his outside and looked to have the race won upon straightening but the Lindsay Park sprinter fought back like the champ he is and secured his first Group 1 victory.
  • Black Heart Bart had a spectacular run of form leading into the Goodwood and was the justified $2.80 favourite. The West Australian native had a fantastic run in transit and delivered a withering burst of speed to put away its rivals.
  • Peter Moody trained Flamberge was not expected to be a factor in the 2015 incarnation after poor last start finish, but connections would have been buoyed after a good jump put the gelding just off the speed. The multiple time group winner powered to the front at the 100m mark and saluted to return a massive $21.
  • After spending most of the trip wide in the running, old favourite Smokin’ Joey was expected to wilt given it went in as a $41 chance. The gelding found an extra gear in the straight however and powerfully put away its rivals to be the longest priced winner in the last 20 years.
  • After taking out the Robert Sangster Stakes two weeks prior, Platelet went in at similar odds to back up that hard fought win. The then filly looked like it would peter out badly considering how far back it was but it stormed home late to record one of the most eye-catching wins in the race’s history.

The SAJC Goodwood past winners

The Goodwood Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2023 Royal Merchant Michael Dee Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2022 Lombardo Zac Spain Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr
2021 Savatoxl Barend Vorster Tony & Calvin McEvoy
2020 Trekking John Allen James Cummings
2019 Despatch Todd Pannell Tony McEvoy
2018 Santa Ana Lane Ben Melham Anthony Freedman
2017 Vega Magic Craig Williams David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig
2016 Black Heart Bart Brad Rawiller Darren Weir
2015 Flamberge Vlad Duric Peter Moody
2014 Smokin’ Joey Ben Melham Wez Hunter
2013 Platelet Ben Melham Darren Weir
2012 Black Caviar Luke Nolen Peter Moody
2011 Lone Rock Clare Lindop Robert Smerdon
2010 Velocitea Craig Newitt Mick Price
2009 Takeover Target Jay Ford Joe Janiak
2008 Shadoways Mark Pegus Gwenda Johnstone
2007 Let Go Thommo Steven King Steven Ryan
2006 Perfectly Ready Stephen Baster Mick Price
2005 Glamour Puss Steven King Danny O’Brien
2004 Super Elegant Greg Childs Kelvin Bourke
2003 Bomber Bill Steven Arnold Robert Smerdon
2002 Zip Zip Aray Brian Park Tom Pratt
2001 Keeper Brett Prebble Myles Plumb
2000 Marstic Aaron Spiteri Tony Vasil

The Goodwood Past Winners Pre 2000

Robert Sangster Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 French Clock
1998 Spectrum
1997 Bellzevir
1996 Sword
1995 Centisle
1994 Ambala
1993 Jolly Old Mac
1992 Euclase
1991 Crush
1990 Beau George
1989 Boardwalk Angel
1988 Cameronic
1987 Daring Jon
1986 Lord Galaxy
1985 Mighty Avenger
1984 Leica Plant
1983 Bold Jet
1982 Heavenly Time
1981 Young Man
1980 Marjoleo
1979 Comaida Boy
1978 Quiet Snort
1977 Romantic Dream
1976 Puncheon
1975 Kenmark
1974 Samist
1973 Wise Virgin
1972 Tango Miss
1971 Romantic Son
1970 Crown Lad
1969 Grey John
1968 Makadola
1967 Picargo
1966 High Income
1965 Sunny Coronation
1964 Kiltrice
1963 Queen Dassie
1962 Conrapt
1961 Mikadis
1960 Scenic Star
1959 Bofresher
1958 Sleep Tight
1957 Hunter’s Sight
1956 Matrice
1955 Copper Year
1954 Gerant
1953 First Scout
1952 Jamboree
1951 St. Comedy
1950 Power’s Hope
1949 Cellarman
1948 Denhoti
1947 Galway Pipe
1946 Royal Gem
1945 Univari
1944 Warworn
1943-42 Race Not Held
1941 Unishak
1940 Aurie’s Star
1939 Panka
1938 Hegemonic
1937 Night Gang
1936 Agargil
1935 Isosceles
1934 Sister Florence
1933 Opera Bag
1932 Valaisanne
1931 St. Bernadette
1930 Doradus
1929 Glenanton
1928 Second Dale
1927 Triangle
1926 Ben Lomond
1925 Bright Poppy
1924 St. Roseate
1923 Denacre
1922 St. Speed
1921 Peace Day
1920 Mareca
1919 Trillion
1918 Pistolarie
1917 Bourlang
1916 Blague
1915 Golden Wire
1914 Kosai
1913 Widgiewa
1912 Musket Belle
1911 Musket Belle
1910 Lord Derby
1909 True Scot
1908 Lord Carlyon
1907 The Amazon
1906 Step – Out
1905 First Fleece
1904 Latch Key
1903 Trochon
1902 Footbolt
1901 Finland
1900 Ranfurly
1899 Forest
1898 Australian
1897 Orient
1896 Tinstream
1895 Mostyn
1894 Mostyn
1893 Britisher
1892 Fulham
1891 The Despised
1890 Goldstream
1889 Chetwynd
1888-86 Race Not Held
1885 Lantern
1884 Ironmaster
1883 Colstoun
1882 Result
1881 D.O.D.

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