The final Group 1 feature of the Adelaide Autumn Carnival headlines another exciting Saturday at Morphettville.
The Goodwood is always a highlight of this time of year and while there still won’t be any crowds on hand, that certainly will not take away from the quality of the 1200m classic.
Other highlights include the Group 3 SA Fillies’ Classic and the Group 3 National Stakes.
*All race times are set at Australian Eastern Standard Time.
War Front has returned three competitive efforts since transferring to the care of Danny O’Brien and is up to winning the first at Morphettville on Saturday.
The four-year-old son of War Front ran a credible fourth over 1800m when resuming at Sandown, winning here at Morphettville at his next start before filling the minors over 2100m at Sandown.
He looks to be at peak fitness for this contest and will take beating.
I absolutely love the National Stakes and I am particularly excited for it this year because it will also feature the debut of $1.5 million colt Kazuhiko.
Kazuhiko is a two-year-old son of the late Japanese powerhouse Deep Impact and as his pricetag suggests, a lot of expected of him.
Who really knows what to anticipate of anything on debut, but trainer Lloyd Kennewell seems to be pleased with him and I’ll be happy to have something small on.
This looms as one of the more open contests on The Goodwood Day and there is a case to be made for several.
It has been a little while between drinks for Symphonette, but she returned a pleasing effort when first-up from a brief let-up and does look capable of going one better here.
The Phillip Stokes-trained mare was a strong and consistent performer last time without winning and ran home well to finish within a length of the winner here last month.
She’ll need luck from out wide but does look up to something of this quality.
La Croft wasn’t as impressive when stepping up in class here at Morphettville a fortnight ago, but she is sure to improve for that effort and can atone here.
The Foxwedge filly finished second on debut in Boxing Day before being returned to the paddock and won in style at Strathalbyn in what was her only other career start prior to her last-start fifth.
She does require one more horse to be scratched to gain a start, but she’ll be ridden by Barend Vorster if that does happen and is weighted to win.
She was probably a little out of her depth in the Oaks a couple of weeks ago, but Silent Sovereign is clearly an above average filly and she is up to winning the SA Fillies Classic.
The Lindsay Park-trained filly has returned the stable plenty of excellent performances and results throughout her career but resumed a far-more furnished prospect this time, running fourth in the Listed Laelia Stakes and winning the Group 3 Auraria two back.
She’s at peak fitness for this contest and with even luck, will take plenty of beating.
There are several winning chances confirmed for a start and this looms as one of the strongest editions of the Centaurea Stakes in recent memory.
Fidelia has been up and racing for some time, but she has continued to return competitive efforts and something of this quality remains well without her means.
The Not A Single Doubt mare has interestingly finished third in four of her six starts this time in, all at black type level, and she was last seen filling the minors of the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes here a fortnight ago.
The rise in trip looks ideal at this point of her prep and this is a drop in class.
Another strong black type race will materialise when a capacity field steps out for the RA Lee Stakes.
I thought there was a lot to like about the way that Harbour Views ran on to fill the minors at Caulfield when resuming a couple of weeks ago, and he’ll enjoy good improvement into this race.
The Le Havre gelding hasn’t run a bad race for Matt Williams, winning each of his first five career starts before finishing second in the Country Cup race at Flemington on Oaks Day last spring.
He’s drawn a peach in barrier 5 and will be ridden by in-form hoop John Allen. He is my best bet on the program.
Santa Ana Lane has stripped fitter for three starts this time and I think that he can win The Goodwood for a second time.
The five-time Group 1 winner needed the run when he finished down the order in the Group 2 Challenge resuming this time but led home a wall of horses to finish second behind Nature Strip in the Group 1 TJ Smith.
He didn’t go on with the job when sixth in the All Aged Stakes last time out, but I think that the return to 1200m will suit.
The other horse that has caught my eye is the in-form Gytrash.
Gytrash pulled off an enormous performance to claim a shock win in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning first-up in Melbourne, and he proved that was no fluke when placing in both the Group 1 Newmarket and Group 1 William Reid in the wake.
He returned to Adelaide for a dominant win in the Group 3 RN Irwin here three weeks ago and is primed for another big performance.
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I’m not convinced that Humma Humma is a 1200m horse, but she is the class mare of this Proud Miss Stakes field and I think that will prove to difference.
Humma Humma has been a strong and consistent performer for the McArdle stable throughout her racing career and won the Listed Alinghi Stakes in the closing stages of the Spring Carnival.
She’s found form around some good horses this time in and finished second in the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes two back most notably.
While she didn’t measure up in the Group 1 Sangster a fortnight ago, this is a big drop in class and she looks to be at peak fitness. Happy to give her another chance.