The Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival reaches its climax this weekend with the prestigious Group 1 $1 million The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville.

Amelia's Jewel

Amelia’s Jewel is favourite to win The Goodwood 2024 in Adelaide this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Punters have installed the Simon Miller-trained mare Amelia’s Jewel as the race favourite at $4 through Ladbrokes, eager to see her return to winning form.

The final field is set at 15 runners after late withdrawals from Annabel Neasham’s Learning To Fly and James Cummings’ Vilana.

Amelia’s Jewel comes into the race fit and ready after a string of close seconds in Perth.

The four-year-old boasts an impressive record at 1200m (4 wins, 2 seconds) and will be looking to break a winless streak that began after her victory in the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) last September at The Valley.

Adding weight to her case is the recent success of the runner-up in that race, Pride Of Jenni. Her dominant win in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) serves as a strong endorsement of

Amelia’s Jewel’s capabilities.

Drawn in barrier nine with Damian Lane in the saddle, Amelia’s Jewel aims to become the first favourite to win The Goodwood since Black Heart Bart in 2016.

However, the race promises to be a thrilling contest.

Hot on her heels is Benedetta ($5) with jockey Jamie Kah on board.

This consistent Hellbent mare is fresh off a narrow third-place finish in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes just two weeks ago at this track and trip.

With a winning record at the course and a 50% win rate at the 1200m distance, Benedetta is a major contender to watch.

Another key player is Dion Luciani‘s Oscar’s Fortune ($5.50), ridden by champion WA-based jockey William Pike.

This talented three-year-old has a strong record (5 wins from 9 starts) and while yet to win beyond 1100m, he has been competitive in his 1200m attempts.

The significant weight drop from his last race makes him a dangerous lightweight hope.

Several other runners command attention, including I Am Me ($7.50) with a history of top interstate performances, Johnny Rocker ($8.50), and outsider hopes Skybird ($12) and Climbing Star ($16) who come off Morphettville wins in the Group 2 Tobin Bronze and Group 1 Robert Sangster respectively.

The Goodwood promises to be a heart-stopping race.

Don’t miss all the action on Saturday at 4:00pm (ACST) at Morphettville.

2024 The Goodwood Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 60x56830x2 VILANA James Cummings Todd Pannell 16 59kg 105
2 12x1190x22 AMELIA’S JEWEL Simon A Miller Damian Lane 9 56.5kg 114
3 x29825x121 CLIMBING STAR (NZ) Phillip Stokes Lachlan Neindorf 13 56.5kg 109
4 5×11311775 SGHIRRIPA Shane & Cassie Oxlade Craig Newitt 15 56kg 102
5 0x655960x1 EXTREMELY LUCKY Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea Jake Toeroek 6 56kg 94
6 7x16122x34 I AM ME Ciaron Maher Blake Shinn 1 55kg 110
7 x1134x4413 BENEDETTA Jason Warren Ms Jamie Kah 3 55kg 108
8 x01432x255 ARKANSAW KID Ben, Will & JD Hayes Billy Egan 17 54.5kg 92
9 x244x27128 JOHNNY ROCKER Nick Ryan Rhys McLeod 12 54.5kg 106
10 7x536x1974 RUBAMOS Aaron Bain & Ned Taylor Jacob Opperman 2 54.5kg 94
11 1x11x33 WHAT YOU NEED Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Williams 11 54.5kg 91
12 2x31x22x57 KARACASU Richard & Chantelle Jolly Jason Holder 4 54.5kg 82
13 0x13201320 GRINZINGER PRINCE Cody Reardon Ms Emily Finnegan 10 54.5kg 82
14 111Lx242 LEARNING TO FLY Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 14 54kg 102
15 111122×213 OSCAR’S FORTUNE Dion Luciani William Pike 8 53.5kg 109
16 1113×51 SKYBIRD Mitchell Freedman Beau Mertens 5 53kg 95
17 21x217x426 STRETAN ANGEL Phillip Stokes Daniel Stackhouse 7 52.5kg 92

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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