The last Group 1 race of the season in Australia...
The Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained DC McKay winner Savatoxl scored a boilover win in The Goodwood 2021 results beating home the Robert Sangster winning filly Instant Celebrity and highly-spruiked favourite Gytrash at Morphettville.
All the talk ahead of this year’s Group 1 $500,000 The Goodwood (1200m) was on Gordon Richards’ resuming Yes Yes Yes Stakes champion and The Everest placegetter Gytrash having his first run in six months.
Instead, all the post-race talk is on the fairy tale result for connections of the shock winner Savatoxl who was purchased for just $8,000 and who began his career with a host of wins up in Alice Springs from 2018 – 19.
The former Darwin-trained galloper was moved down to South Australia late last year to join the McEvoy’s at Angaston and has now won four of his nine starts with the stable.
On May 1 the progressive Kuroshio five-year-old won the Group 3 DC McKay Stakes (1100m) at the Morphettville track by three lengths, but still he went around at $19 through Ladbrokes.com.au when stepping up in grade for The Goodwood.
Barend Vorster continued associations on the consistent gelding and gave Savatoxl a front-running ride settling right up on the speed behind early leader Dollar For Dollar before taking it up just before the home turn.
Phillip Stokes’ Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes winning filly Instant Celebrity presented as the danger on the straight charging up near the rails and given a beautiful ride by Jamie Kah.
But she wasn’t quite strong enough to run down the flying Savatoxl who held on to win by a dominant two lengths.
Gytrash may not have saluted for the punters, but he did well making-up late ground to come from last to third and round out The Goodwood trifecta after getting into a bit of trouble on the corner when Behemoth pushed him out.
The hulking Group 1 South Australian star Behemoth ran seventh in his swansong race before retiring to serve at stud.
A potential trip to Queensland for a shot at the Group 1 $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 12 could now be on the cards for The Goodwood winner Savatoxl.
2021 The Goodwood Results & Finishing Order
|1||6||SAVATOXL||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Barend Vorster||2||56kg||$19|
|2||9||INSTANT CELEBRITY||Phillip Stokes||Ms Jamie Kah||2L||11||55kg||$5.50|
|3||2||GYTRASH||Gordon Richards||Jason Collett||2.4L||4||58.5kg||$2.70F|
|4||4||DIRTY WORK||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jye McNeil||3.7L||1||57kg||$16|
|5||10||PROPHET’S THUMB||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Damian Lane||4L||7||55kg||$21|
|6||5||VIRIDINE||James Cummings||Damien Oliver||4.3L||9||56kg||$31|
|7||1||BEHEMOTH||David Jolly||Craig Williams||4.6L||6||59kg||$4.60|
|8||3||KEMALPASA||Richard & Chantelle Jolly||Jake Toeroek||5.8L||5||57.5kg||$12|
|9||7||PRETTY BRAZEN||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Luke Currie||6.8L||3||55.5kg||$41|
|10||8||BEAU ROSSA||Will Clarken||Todd Pannell||9.7L||8||55.5kg||$16|
|11||11||DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Jason Holder||10L||10||54.5kg||$61|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
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