2014 The Goodwood Field & Barriers – Sistine Demon Draws 20

Early favourite Sistine Demon has suffered a blow in their bid to salute for the punters in Saturday’s The Goodwood 2014 in Adelaide after coming up with a wide barrier 20 draw in the official field.

Driefontein

Robert Sangster Stakes winner Driefontein has drawn well with barrier three for Saturday's The Goodwood 2014. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

Final acceptances for this year’s $500,000 Group 1 The Tapestry Wines Goodwood (1200m) closed this morning with a capacity 20 starters plus two emergencies making up the field for the Morphettville classic.

Pre-post favourite in The Goodwood odds, Melbourne-based Excites four-year-old is sure to ease out in their price to win the South Australian Group 1 after coming up with the third widest gate.

A six length winner of the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield last start on April 19, Sistine Demon is prepared by Andrew Noblet who returns home to Adelaide for The Goodwood this year.

Also coming home is apprentice hoop Jamie Kah, currently on lone to Darren Weir, who guided Sistine Demon to victory in the Victoria Handicap from the outside barrier (14 of 14).

The pair will have to pull out a similarly impressive weaving effort at a much higher level this weekend though if Sistine Demon is to win ninth trophy from 17 starts.

It’s a tough ask though with only five of the past 18 The Goodwood winners having jumped form a double figure barrier.

Also suffering a wide gate in The Goodwood barrier draw is the reigning champion Platelet with 17 and Brad Rawiller to ride.

Darren Weir’s Strategic mare enjoyed a Group 1 double last season taking out the Robert Sangster Stakes and then The Goodwood, the latter from gate four (of 16).

She’s much wider for her title defense on Saturday however and comes off a second in the Robert Sangster 2014 behind the Gai Waterhouse-trained Driefontein.

Former star juvenile, the now four-year-old Fastnet Rock mare Driefontein is another headline acceptor for this year’s The Goodwood field as she looks to become the fifth female galloper on the trot to win the race.

Coming off back-to-back wins at the track having also beaten Platelet home in the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m) before her Robert Sangster success, Driefontein was one of the winners in The Goodwood barriers coming up trumps with three.

It is a barrier that hasn’t produced a Goodwood winner in the past 31 years however.

Drawn one inside of Driefontein in barrier two, another barrier that no winner has jumped from since 1983, meanwhile is the possible new favourite – the Daniel Clarken-trained Miracles Of Life.

Winner of last year’s Blue Diamond Stakes during a stellar two-year-old prep, Not A Single Doubt filly Miracles Of Life won her first race since last Saturday here beating them home by two lengths in the Group 2 Euclase Stakes (1200m).

That was to have been her final career run before going under the hammer at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sales later this month as a broodmare prospect.

Connections however have opted to give her a chance to bow out a Group 1 winner at home with a Goodwood victory to add to her record.

Another last start Morphettville winner backing up in The Goodwood is then the Leon MacDonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained Essay Raider (barrier 13).

After a fourth to Driefontein in the RN Irwin the Bernardini four-year-old went on to win the Group 3 DC McKay Stakes (1100m) on April 26 beating fellow The Goodwood hope Karacatis who was fourth in the Group 1 last year.

Other last start winners in the mix then include the returning Ken Sweeny-trained Matrice Stakes champ Riziz (barrier four), the David Hayes-trained Pago Rock (barrier nine) who won at Caulfield on April 19 and Peter Moody’s Bel Esprit Stakes winner at Sandown in March Office Bearer (barrier 10).

Hayes has also paid up for his talented filly Gregers drawn in barrier five with Dwayne Dunn to ride, the youngster just scraping into the starting line-up.

Commands three-year-old Gregers has already contested four Group 1s in her 12-start career, most recently backing up from a very close fourth to Spirit Of Boom when defeated half a length in the William Reid Stakes in Melbourne to run third in the Robert Sangster from April 26.

See below for the full The Goodwood 2014 field, barriers and jockeys.

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2014 The Goodwood Final Field & Barrier Draw

Morphettville Race 7 – 3:30pm (local) – 10/05/2014  

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 2x668x9480 BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren Craig Newitt 1 58.5kg 109
2 1x4150x122 PLATELET Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 17 57kg 112
3 x21430x640 SESSIONS John O’Shea Steven Arnold 16 57kg 106
4 2x57181x87 CONSERVATORIUM Gary Kennewell Joe Bowditch 18 57kg 106
5 113x19x593 UNPRETENTIOUS Nikki Burke Damien Oliver 6 57kg 103
6 154×416511 DRIEFONTEIN Gai Waterhouse Vlad Duric 3 56.5kg 113
7 2411111211 SISTINE DEMON Andrew Noblet Ms Jamie Kah (a) 20 56kg 102
8 x0120x8036 SMOKIN’ JOEY Wez Hunter Ben Melham 12 56kg 102
9 5171212×41 ESSAY RAIDER Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 13 56kg 101
10 167115x11x RIZIZ Ken Sweeney Chris Symons 4 55.5kg 104
11 3×25820117 NATUZZI (NZ) Paul Richards Chris Johnson 22 55.5kg 101
12 4×13471852 KARACATIS Richard Jolly Mark Zahra 19 55.5kg 99
13 x2166x3x45 READY TO RIP Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 14 54.5kg 104
14 2434×42861 PAGO ROCK David Hayes Ms Kayla Nisbet (a) 9 54.5kg 104
15 x615106369 ESPRIT DE BULLET (NZ) John Hyam Troy Baker 21 54.5kg 98
16 x20x134x41 OFFICE BEARER Peter G Moody Ms Linda Meech 10 54.5kg 97
17 1x13108x44 ECLAIR BIG BANG (NZ) Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 15 54.5kg 89
18 06320232×2 WHITLAM Danielle Wilson TBA 11 54.5kg 89
19 1x427x6221 MIRACLES OF LIFE Daniel Clarken Dean Yendall 2 54kg 105
20 15132×4243 GREGERS David Hayes Dwayne Dunn 5 53.5kg 98
21e 74×1211163 CLASSY JACK John Hickmott TBA 8 53kg 85
22e 1113×136 LUCKY SYMBOL Phillip Stokes TBA 7 53kg 78

One Comment on 2014 The Goodwood Field & Barriers – Sistine Demon Draws 20

  1. Tony Davie says:

    Robert Smerdon’s Strategic mare Platelet-suggest you better research your trainers.

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