Gun sprinters Gytrash and Behemoth loom as the horses to beat in Saturday’s Group 1 The Goodwood at Morphettville after drawing barriers four and six respectively.
The Gordon Richards-trained Gytrash ($3.60 fav) and David Jolly runner and top-weight Behemoth ($3.80), are among a star-studded field of 11 lining up in The Goodwood which is dominated by local horses.
This will be Behemoth’s third crack at The Goodwood, while Gytrash was second in last year’s race.
Kemalpasa (Richard and Chantelle Jolly), Beau Rossa (Will Clarken) and Instant Celebrity (Phillip Stokes) round out the best of the other local hopes, while the Tony and Calvin McEvoy combo have a strong hand in Savatoxl, Dollar For Dollar and Pretty Brazen.
Dirty Work (Hawkes Racing, barrier one), Viridine (James Cummings) and Prophet’s Thumb (Anthony, Sam Freedman) round out the field.
Gytrash, which has amassed a staggering $3.2 million in prizemoney from 22 starts, which include 10 wins and 11 placings, is resuming after more than six months off since dominating in Sydney.
Richards said the horse, which had pulled with a chipped knee after its Sydney campaign, had pleased in its work and was hoping to go one better than its second place behind Trekking in last year’s Goodwood.
“He hasn’t turned a hair since being back in this preparation,’’ Richards said.
“I was very happy with a recent jumpout so it’s all good. I anguished over jockeys Jason Holder and Jason Collett but was able to get Jason Collett to come down as he won on him in Sydney.
“Sydney was a great experience and an exciting time.’’
Darren Jolly is expecting another honest performance from Kemalpasa in The Goodwood. Picture: Atkins PhotographySource:Supplied
Richard Jolly is confident his charge Kemalpasa can run a bold race.
“He is a very honest horse with a will to win,’’ Jolly said.
“He has been a bit underrated but he keeps raising the bar from a benchmark horse to Listed and now Group company.
“He has good tactical speed and will be up in the running.
“He is good in the dry and has won on the heavy.’’
Tony McEvoy’s three runners are not among the early fancies but he said each one had their strengths.
“Savatoxl likes to go hard and fast so will be right up there, Pretty Brazen should be on her back and that gives hers some chance, while Dollar for Dollar has not won since the Spring Stakes in 2018 is a grand old performer who has had throat surgery,’’ McEvoy said.
Will Clarken (Beau Rossa) and Phillip Stokes (Instant Celebrity), represented by son Tommy at the barrier draw, are both confident their runners will go well.
Instant Celebrity will be ridden by star jockey Jamie Kah from barrier 11.
One person pinching themselves to be involved in a big race is Vince Francesca, who is a member of Grand Syndicates which races Behemoth.
Francesca, who had no involvement in racing before answering a syndicate advert from trainer David Jolly about four years ago, drew barrier six on behalf of the trainer.
THE GOODWOOD (1200M) FIELD AND BARRIERS
NUMBER – 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. VIRIDINE – 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
Originally published asGytrash primed for redemption in Goodwood
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