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The Goodwood Horse Race

The Goodwood Horse Race
The Goodwood Horse Race. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Hugh Routledge/Shutterstock. Photo: IMAGO

The Goodwood is a Group 1 race for three-year-old horses at Set Weights with penalties. The 1200m sprint is held at Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia, with a prize pool of $502,250. Read more about the Group 1 horse races at Morphettville.

Learn more about the Goodwood in this guide to the race’s history, barrier statistics, and more.

Race History

The first Goodwood race was held in 1881 as a traditional handicap event. The event was granted Group 1 status in 1980, before which it was a principal race. In 2006, the race was changed to a set weight with penalties event to try and attract a higher quality field.

The desired effect was achieved, with a variety of high-quality horses now competing in the event. Black Caviar competed and won in 2012, bringing much attention to the race before she embarked on her UK tour. 

One trainer, Walter Hickenbotham, has achieved five wins at the Goodwood, all in the early 1900s. Meanwhile, South Australian jockey John Letts has also achieved five victories throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

The Goodwood is the closing Group 1 event of the Adelaide Autumn Carnival and is the headline event on the 9-race card. On the same day, the Doomben 10,000 is held in Brisbane. 

The Goodwood Race Results 2023

The 2023 Goodwood race was won by Royal Merchant, ridden by Michael Dee. The favourite Zapateo finished 3rd.

This is how the rest of the top four rounded out:

  • 1st: Royal Merchant(J: Michael Dee, T: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace)
  • 2nd: Another Award(J: Jason Holder, T: Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas)
  • 3rd: Zapateo (J: Damien Oliver, T: James Cummings)
  • 4th: Lofty Strike (J: Jamie Mott, T: Julius Sandhu)

Past Winners

Previous Goodwood winners include notable names such as Romantic Dream, Bomber Bill, and Santa Ana Lane. 

Black Caviar (2012) and Platelet (2013) are two recent winners of the Robert Sangster Stakes/The Goodwood double. Meanwhile, two horses have won the race twice: Moostyn (1894, 1895), and Musket Belle (1911, 1912).

Many horses that succeed here come from lead-ups around Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide.

Here are the winners from the last ten years:

  • 2023: Royal Merchant
  • 2022: Lombardo
  • 2021: Savatoxl
  • 2020: Trekking
  • 2019: Despatch
  • 2018: Santa Ana Lane
  • 2017: Vega Magic
  • 2016: Black Heart Bart
  • 2015: Flamberge
  • 2014: Smokin’ Joey
  • 2013: Platelet

Barrier Draw Statistics

The barrier for the Goodwood race will be located at Morphettville’s 1200m mark. There is a large field, which means the barrier draw is vital to the odds – make sure to check the draw before betting. 

Only seven winners since 2000 have saluted from a barrier outside ten. However, although the barrier affects the odds, only five favourites have won in the last 33 years.

The Goodwood Winners by Barrier

The most wins in the Goodwood race have come from barrier eight, with five wins. Meanwhile, barriers on the outside are less likely to see any wins. Thirteen has the most out of the double digits, with three.

Here are the winners by barrier since 1983.


How to Live Stream the 2024 Goodwood Race

You can watch The Goodwood live on Channel 7, along with the rest of the Autumn Carnival Racing. The 7plus app also shows the races.

On paid TV, several Sky Racing channels will show the Goodwood, including Sky Thoroughbred Central.

Finally, some spectators choose to watch online through Racing.com, Sportsbet, or other betting sites.

Content Summary: The Goodwood is a 1200m sprint race for thoroughbreds at set weights with penalties. The Group 1 event attracts an excellent field of horses, with notable winners including Black Caviar. Taking place in Morphettville, the race is an exciting event on the calendar for the Adelaide Autumn Carnival, attracting many spectators. This guide covers more information on the Goodwood, including the race’s history, barrier stats, and more.


The top questions on The Goodwood horse race.

The 2024 Goodwood will be held on Saturday, 25th May, at the Morphettville track. It will be the final Group 1 of the Adelaide Autumn Carnival.

The total purse for the Goodwood is $502,250. The winner takes a share of $275,225, with the runner-up receiving $90,225.

The 1200m Goodwood race is a sprint for horses. It lasts a little over one minute.

Learn more about other Group 1 races at Morphettville, Adelaide

If you are looking for other group 1 horse races at Morphettville, read the pages listed below to get more information.

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