2021 The Goodwood Results: Savatoxl Beats Instant Celebrity and Gytrash

May 15, 2021

2021 The Goodwood Results: Savatoxl Beats Instant Celebrity and Gytrash

Savatoxl Horse Form (Photo: Jenny Barnes) | Races.com.au

Savatoxl (pictured winning the DC McKay Stakes) scored an upset win in the 2021 The Goodwood results. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

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.

He is at $17 in the latest all-in 2021 Stradbroke Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au – available in full here – with The Goodwood – Stradbroke double last achieved by Santa Ana Lane (2018).

2021 The Goodwood Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
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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