Gai Waterhouse’s Robert Sangster Stakes winning Sydney mare Driefontein headlines The Goodwood 2014 nominations taken for Saturday week’s Morphetville feature.
There are 31 early entries for this year’s $500,000 Group 1 The Tapestry Wines Goodwood (1200m) that brings the elite level action of the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival to a close on May 10.
One of the early favourites is Fastnet Rock four-year-old Driefontein looking to become the third straight winner of the Robert Sangster Stakes – The Goodwood double.
Two years back Peter Moody’s faultless mare Black Caviar bought an unseen level of class to the sprint features before Platelet took out both races 12 months ago.
Driefontein is unbeaten in Adelaide this season winning the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m) before her good victory in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) last weekend.
In both races she defeated the reigning The Goodwood winner Platelet, Darren Weir’s talented Strategic mare back to defend her title in 2014.
The now five-year-old enjoyed a first-up Moonee Valley win this time in before her second behind Driefontein in the Irwin and Robert Sangster, performances she’ll be looking to improve on when she attempts to become a dual The Goodwood champ.
The two other major The Goodwood players in the early post-nomination markets are then Sistine Demon and The Quarterback.
Andrew Noblet’s four-year-old Excites gelding Sistine Demon is challenging Driefontein for top spot in The Goodwood odds after winning their past two on the trot at home in Melbourne.
Two back in March they won the Listed Super Saturday Stakes (1400m) at Flemington and were last seen taking out the Group 3 Victorian Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield by a massive six lengths from the outside barrier (14 of 14) despite hitting the rail and becoming unbalanced near the 100 metres.
The Quarterback meanwhile is a Cranbourne raider who is set to debut in Adelaide this weekend in the Group 2 Euclase Stakes (1200m) on South Australian Derby Day.
Robbie Griffiths’ Street Boss three-year-old earned a shot in the Morphettville sprints after winning at Caulfield on April 19 and is tipped to enjoy their interstate assignment with Group 3 form this season.
There are plenty of other livewire chances in this year’s The Goodwood nominations including William Reid Stakes third placegetter Unpretentious, the Jason Warren-trained Bel Sprinter looking to improve on their failed TJ Smith Stakes run when beating home just one other runner last time out, local Bernardini four-year-old Essay Raider coming off a Group 3 DC McKay Stakes win here on April 26 and the Darley-owned Group 1 performing Lonhro four-year-old Sessions.
Miracles Of Life has also been entered despite the fact trainer Daniel Clarken and connections will likely retire last year’s Blue Diamond Stakes winner after her run in Saturday’s Euclase Stakes up against The Quarterback.
Check out the full The Goodwood 2014 nominations below, updated betting markets to open at our preferred online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au shortly.
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2014 The Goodwood Nominations
Morphettville Racecourse – 10/05/2014
|1||BEL SPRINTER||Jason Warren||109|
|2||CLASSY CHLOE||John Hickmott||87|
|3||CLASSY JACK||John Hickmott||85|
|6||ECLAIR BIG BANG (NZ)||Phillip Stokes||90|
|7||ESPRIT DE BULLET (NZ)||John Hyam||98|
|8||ESSAY RAIDER||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||101|
|9||EXALTED APPEAL||Karen Byrnes||67|
|10||EXALTED MOMENT||Karen Byrnes||67|
|11||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes||87|
|13||JOLIE BLONDE||Mark Riley||87|
|15||KNEELING||Peter G Moody||87|
|16||LORD OF THE SKY||Robbie Laing||81|
|17||LUCKY SYMBOL||Phillip Stokes||78|
|18||MIRACLES OF LIFE||Daniel Clarken||101|
|19||NATUZZI (NZ)||Paul Richards||101|
|20||NEAREST TO PIN||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||89|
|21||OFFICE BEARER||Peter G Moody||97|
|22||PAGO ROCK||David Hayes||104|
|24||READY TO RIP||Peter G Moody||104|
|27||SISTINE DEMON||Andrew Noblet||102|
|28||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Wez Hunter||102|
|29||THE QUARTERBACK||Robbie Griffiths||80|