2014 The Goodwood Final Field Confirmed

May 6th, 2014

A particularly talented field of 20 plus two emergencies has been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s featured Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at South Australia’s Morphettville Racecourse, highlighted by several previous winners at the highest level of Australian racing.

Driefontein has been confirmed in the final field for the 2014 The Goodwood

Driefontein has been confirmed in the final field for the 2014 The Goodwood. Photo: Jenny Barnes

While yet to hit peak condition in four competitive starts this year, trainer Jason Warren is confident of Group 1 success this weekend’s for talented six-year-old Bel Sprinter.

Securing an impressive record of seven wins and three places from 23 competitive appearances to date, Bel Sprinter was a standout performer over the 2013 racing calendar; breaking through for a maiden Group 1 victory in The Galaxy (1100m) first-up and placing third behind equine superstar Black Caviar in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) before heading abroad to finish an unlucky second behind Lucky Nine in the Group 1 Krisflyer International Sprint 2013 (1200m) in Singapore.

Shaking off the cobwebs when ninth in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) first-up this year, the Bel Esprit gelding was unlucky when blocked for a run and fourth in the well-contested Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) on March 15th, but left a lot to be desired when unable to handle the late pace and heavy going of both this year’s The Galaxy and T.J. Smith Stakes most recently.

Allocated the ideal barrier 1 for The Goodwood, Warren is confident in-form jockey Craig Newitt will get this most from his entrant this weekend, and is optimistic firmer ground conditions will lead to a drastic return to form for Bel Sprinter.

Also included in the final field for The Goodwood is 2014 Robert Sangster Classic (1200m) champion Driefontein.

Claiming a total of eight wins and five places from 24 race starts so far, Driefontein was unlucky not to break through for a maiden Group 1 title over the autumn and winter of 2013; finishing sixth when checked early in both the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m).

Undoubtedly hitting career-best form over her current preparation, the Fastnet Rock mare won the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) first-up, continuing to build in form and experience before hitting peak condition when fifth in the particularly well-contested Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) on March 1st and securing back-to-back victories in the Group 3 Irwin Stakes (1100m) and Robert Sangster most recently.

Allocated the ideal barrier 3 for the 2014 The Goodwood, trainer Gai Waterhouse is understandably confident in Driefontein’s proven experience on the Morphettville track is believes her runner is the one to beat in this weekend’s feature.

A standout performer since returning to racing in October, talented four-year-old Sistine Demon has been confirmed to make his Group 1 debut in this weekend’s The Goodwood.

Securing seven victories and two places from 10 race starts this preparation alone, Sistine Demon has quickly stamped his claims as a leading chance for several major races throughout the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, but will have to overcome the unfortunate wide barrier 20 if to claim victory this weekend.

Unlucky not to be carrying an impressive run of eight-straight victories into the 2014 The Goodwood, the Excites gelding finished second to Sweet As Bro in the Listed Kilmore Cup (1600m) on February 23rd before returning to the winner’s circle with back-to-back victories in the Listed Super Saturday Stakes (1400m) and Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) most recently.

Unlucky to finish second to talented miler Boban in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) on November 9th, well-trialled gelding Smokin’ Joey has been allocated the central barrier 12 for the 2014 The Goodwood and is a real chance in carrying just 56kgs this weekend.

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2014 The Goodwood Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 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 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 8 53kg 85
22e 1113×136 LUCKY SYMBOL Phillip Stokes 7 53kg 78