The Goodwood, 1200m
Gordon Richards’ talented sprinter Gytrash (3.10) (pictured above and in below tweet) has the tools in his arsenal to pull off a successful ‘hit and run’ mission and claim a home Group 1 at what will likely be his only appearance for the autumn following off-season surgery.
Having gone under by the barest of margins 12 months ago, where he looked to have the race in his keeping with a furlong to go only to be shot down by Trekking, the chestnut proved his class with an impressive spring preparation in Sydney, wins in the Concorde Stakes (ahead of Nature Strip) and Yes Yes Yes Stakes coming either side of a commendable run in The Everest where he flashed home for third.
WHAT A HORSE. WHAT A WIN!
GYTRASH STORMS HOME IN THE YES YES YES STAKES pic.twitter.com/Q4dVAoqLA7
— 7HorseRacing (@7horseracing) October 31, 2020
A noted first-up performer, he looks well in under the set weights and penalties conditions of the state’s premier sprint and has drawn to get a favourable passage under Jason Collett.
In a race that pits several proven gallopers against some emerging 3YOs, the eponymous Behemoth (4.60) will carry topweight of 59kgs having been freshened since the All-Star Mile where he was game in defeat at his first try over that distance.
Tough as they come, his only defeat at this venue in the past 18 months came in last year’s Goodwood where he was ridden back and made up plenty of ground late on.
With Craig Williams, who partnered him to Group 1 success twice in Melbourne during the spring, back aboard he will surely be in the finish.
Instant Celebrity (6.50) (in below tweet) was good to us in the Robert Sangster Stakes where she benefitted from a great ride and dispelled any doubts that she had regressed since the spring after an underwhelming first-up run in the Redelva Stakes.
Big fan of the horse and her ability to quicken but she’ll cover more ground in the run this time around and just not sure she can haul the leading pair in.
— 7HorseRacing (@7horseracing) May 1, 2021
The other 3YO, Beau Rossa (10.00) (in below tweet), comes off an emphatic win in the Tobin Bronze Stakes here a fortnight ago and has a bright future, but looks poorly weighted against some of these and one I’m happy to leave out.
— Racing.com (@Racing) May 1, 2021
At a similar price Kemalpasa (9.50) looks better value.
A horse who has acquitted himself consistently well at black-type level over the past 18 months, his form reads well having beaten a head in the Oakleigh Plate two starts back.
The main negative would be the fact he has been soundly beaten by Behemoth the only two times they have met, but he’ll race on-speed and figures to be competitive against the top two.
The omnipresent Godolphin challenge arrives in the form of the well-travelled Viridine (23.00), who is two or three rungs short of the top-level sprinters around the country but one to consider for the exotics.
While Team McEvoy will be represented by three starters including Pretty Brazen (31.00) and ex-Territorian Savatoxl (18.00), who won the McKay Stakes last time out and for whom a top half finish would be a great result.
My Tip: Gytrash (3.10) (win)
Following a spring preparation that had to be aborted due to injury, Patrick Payne’s talented mare (in below tweet) has resumed her racing career in fine fashion and caught the eye when getting home hard for third in the Robert Sangster Stakes.
Kept against her own sex in preference to The Goodwood, the small field suits and she should be finishing over the top of these.
— Racing.com (@Racing) January 11, 2020
Eduardo will take some running down but the Tony Gollan-trained bay comes off a positive outing in the Victory Stakes and handles wet conditions.
He looks a bigger danger than a few in front of him in the market and could surprise at odds.