2018 The Goodwood Field: Vega Magic Draws Wide

May 15, 2018

2018 The Goodwood Field: Vega Magic Draws Wide

Hot favourite and defending champion Vega Magic has drawn out wide in barrier 14 of 20 in Saturday’s The Goodwood 2018 field at Morphettville Racecourse.

Vega Magic

Vega Magic is the hot but widely drawn favourite in Saturday’s The Goodwood 2018 field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A capacity line-up of autumn sprinters take to the Adelaide track on the weekend in this season’s Group 1 $1 million Darley The Goodwood (1200m) including the Lindsay Park-trained Vega Magic who won the race last year.

The now five-year-old Lope De Vega gelding is out to go back-to-back in The Goodwood for the first time since Musket Belle (1911-12) and is favourite to do so at bookmakers around the country including Ladbrokes.com.au.

Vega Magic won from barrier six of 20 last year during a four straight winning streak, but has more work to do in the title defence in gate 14 this weekend.

Damien Oliver jumps aboard for the first time since August last year and Vega Magic also gives the weight away carrying the 59kg top weight on Saturday.

Vega Magic is out to secure back-to-back The Goodwood wins for the first time since Musket Belle (1911-12)

A first-up specialist with three wins and two seconds from six previous resuming runs, the favourite in The Goodwood betting hasn’t raced since last November but is still tipped as the one to beat this weekend.

The Lindsay Park stable have also accepted for Snitzel four-year-old Thronum, the stallion drawing betting barrier five for his first run since the second in Moonee Valley’s Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) on March 23.

A host of the better fancied rivals for Vega Magic have also suffered wide The Goodwood barriers including the Mick Price-trained Secret Agenda (19) and the Godolphin-raced Viridine (20) with the two outside gates to overcome.

Dwayne Dunn rides Not A Single Doubt mare Secret Agenda who comes off two placings at the track, the latest a second to Shoals in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m).

She overcame barrier 13 of 17 that day for the second placing and is out to improve on her fourth in The Goodwood last Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival.

Viridine meanwhile is looking to be the first three-year-old The Goodwood winner since the filly Lone Rock (2011), the James Cummings-trained Poet’s Voice colt last seen running just a quarter length third behind I’ll Have A Bit in the Group 2 Euclase Stakes (1200m) at the track and distance on May 5.

John McArdle’s Euclase Stakes winning filly I’ll Have A Bit is also in The Goodwood field on Saturday looking to do the double with barrier three working in her favour.

Other standout The Goodwood horses this season include the Anthony Freedman-trained Sir Rupert Clarke winner from last October Santa Ana Lane, Lloyd Kennewell’s Winterbottom Stakes winning mare Viddora and the Darren Weir-trained Voodoo Lad.

Check out the official The Goodwood 2018 field and barriers below, updated markets to follow shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2018 The Goodwood Final Field & Barrier Draw

Morphettville Race 7 (3:56pm / local time) – 19/05/2018

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x1x11257x VEGA MAGIC David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 14 59kg 114
2 5x341x6x03 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 9 58.5kg 106
3 06x13x1402 THRONUM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Tim Clark 5 57kg 106
4 x5114x1932 SECRET AGENDA Mick Price Dwayne Dunn 19 56.5kg 111
5 212x2411x2 VIDDORA Lloyd Kennewell Joe Bowditch 11 56.5kg 110
6 0x257x145x VOODOO LAD Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 1 56.5kg 108
7 3613413015 FERRANDO (NZ) Graeme Rogerson Stephen Baster 2 56kg 97
8 80x188x1x0 SUPER CASH Andrew Noblet Jamie Kah 7 55.5kg 108
9 8×61321212 STELLAR COLLISION Darren Weir Luke Currie 17 55.5kg 103
10 1x115x4383 VIRIDINE James Cummings Regan Bayliss 20 55.5kg 100
11 111613×641 STEEL FROST Will Clarken Todd Pannell 8 55.5kg 97
12 292117×898 LOPE DE CAPIO Wayne Francis & Glen Kent TBA 15 55.5kg 95
13 x4408x4205 FLAMBERGE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 4 54.5kg 108
14 31×3272161 HANDSOME THIEF (IRE) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 12 54.5kg 96
15 1419×92158 OVERSHARE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James Winks 16 54.5kg 86
16 x111027512 EXALTED ADAM Grant Young TBA 13 54.5kg 78
17 974628×851 I’LL HAVE A BIT John McArdle Chris Parnham 3 53.5kg 94
18 449729×378 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Ben Thompson 6 52.5kg 106
19 672171×123 MICA LIL Mark Minervini Damien Thornton 10 52.5kg 82
20 1333×10276 NIPPERKIN Barry Brook TBA 18 52.5kg 78

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