Victorian raider Velocitea caused a stir on Sunday when the Mick Price-trained mare secured a narrow win ahead of her local rivals in the $300,000 Goodwood (1200m) at Allan Scott Park Morphettville.
After sitting mid-field early on, four-year-old Velocitea ($7), ridden to perfection by Craig Newitt, never left the rails and had a dream run up the inside of the nearly all-the-way winner and hot favourite Catapulted.
Trained by Mark Kavanagh, local hopefully Catapulted shortened dramatically in the betting markets to $2.60 leading up to the race and after Simon Price rode him to the front from a wide barrier early on, the gelding controlled the race.
On the straight with 200m left to travel, Catapulted accelerated widening his lead by two lengths.
Velocitea, however, was keen to atone for her last-start second place in the Robert Sangster Stakes and snare her maiden Group 1 win, and so inside the 60m she dug in hard and managed to overtake Catapulted to win by a long neck.
Exceed and Excel mare Very Discreet ($13) impressed many including trainer Richard Jolly running a gallant third.
Velocitea and Catapulted are now looking at a trip to Queensland to tackle the Group 1 races at the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival
Both Velocitea and Catapulted are now looking at a trip up to Queensland to tackle some of the major Group 1 features of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
Velocitea now boasts an impressive record of seven wins and six placings from her 18 starts and Sunday’s prizemoney boasted her total earnings to $552,170.
Morphettville was host to a range of other excellent feature races on Sunday’s meeting including the $300,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) where the Peter Snowden-trained Kidnapped claimed victory, and the $125,000 Auraria Stakes won by Fairy Oak.
In depth results of these races can be found by visiting the news page on this site.
Results of the 2010 Goodwood:
|Mick Price||Craig Newitt|
|Mark Kavanagh||Simon Price|
|Richard Jolly||Dwayne Dunn|
|Robbie Griffiths||Luke Currie|
|Rodney Douglas||James Wins|
|Steve McKinnon||Steven Arnold|
|Steve Richards||Steven King|
|C&C Alderson||Ben Melham|
|Dennis O’Leary||Dom Tourneur|
|Kris Lees||Michael Rodd|
|Darren Kolpin||Adrian Patterson|
|Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen|
|Tony Vasil||Mark Zahra|
|Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy|
DIAMONDS AT DUSK
|Bill Cerchi||Nicholas Hall|
|Byron Cozamanis||Mark Pegus|
|John Hyam||Jason Holder|