2017 The Goodwood Tips & Betting Preview

May 19th, 2017

A talented and capacity field of sprinters will step out for Saturday’s Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville Racecourse; offering punters terrific value from a betting perspective and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

Black Heart Bart is our tip to win Saturday's Group 1 The Goodwood at Morphettville. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Black Heart Bart is our tip to win Saturday’s Group 1 The Goodwood at Morphettville. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Reigning champion Black Heart Bart has been charged with carrying topweight, but the multiple Group 1 winner remains an outright $3.50 favourite in 2017 The Goodwood betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au, ahead of Vega Magic ($6.50) and Secret Agenda ($7.50).

Will Black Heart Bart justify favouritism and win the 2017 Goodwood Handicap, or will one of his talented rivals post an upset?

1st

Black Heart Bart ($3.50)

Black Heart Bart is undoubtedly the class horse of The Goodwood field and he should prove extremely tough to beat in his title defence of the race. Winning each of the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) most notably in spring, the Blackfriars gelding resumed this time for a close second behind Malaguerra in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1400m). Having since posted wins in the Group 1 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and had a freshen-up, Black Heart Bart will jump from the ideal barrier 2 and will be partnered by Brad Rawiller.

2nd

Missrock ($26)

Missrock has returned to racing in excellent form this time and is over The Goodwood odds at her current $26 quote, or $7.30 to finish in the top three. Having beaten a smart field to the line in a Flemington sprint first-up on March 4th, the Fastnet Rock filly failed to fire in The Galaxy (1100m) before running a close second in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) on April 8th. Last seen finishing fourth in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) over course and distance a fortnight ago, Missrock will carry only 52kgs and will look to fly home late after taking a position towards the tail of the field.

3rd

First Among Equals ($20)

Perth galloper First Among Equals has returned to racing in great condition this time and while it is hard to line his form up with this field, he undoubtedly has the class to figure. A strong and consistent performer through the recent Perth Summer Carnival, the Exceed And Excel gelding finished fourth in the talent-stacked Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) before ending his year third in the Group 3 AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m). Having resumed for a classy win in the Listed Northam Stakes (1100m) on May 7th, First Among Equals will be partnered by Luke Nolen in The Goodwood and is not without a chance, at odds.

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