Sandown Racing Tips
Track: Good 4. Rail: Out 6m entire circuit.
Best Bet: Race 4 – MAWAARD
Race 1: 2YO No Metro Wins Plate 1200m
GAME KEEPER (2) has not been far away at both of his two career runs to date, he ran on hard on debut before a solid effort up the straight at Flemington last time. The small field should suit and he is the most experienced of them, he should be hitting the line hard.
SANSOM (3) didn’t have much luck at Geelong on debut when he was held-up for a furlong and then layed in over the last 200m. He will have come on from that run and is drawn well. Obviously there are some unknowns with the first starters, watch for any money for them, in particular he two Hayes/Hayes/Dabernig stablemates TORBA (4) and CONQUEROR (1).
Race 2: 3YO Maiden Plate 1400m
SMILING CITY (7) gets the blinkers on for the first time at career start number three, he was wide throughout on debut then appeared to have every chance last time. He has been at the top of the market at both of those runs, hopefully for those backing up on him, the blinkers do the trick.
LITTLE PHOENIX (2) is a debutant from the Chris Waller yard, he showed speed winning a trial at Geelong recently and looks ready to go from the good draw. ZEE REBEL (9) was wide throughout on debut and stuck on well to narrowly miss a place, he has had the hiccup of being transferred from the Weir stable but looks o have ability. I KNOW THAT (10) placed on debut after being held-up at a vital stage, she ran on hard at that run and will appreciate getting the extra 100m.
Race 3: BM64 Handicap 2100m
THE DELPHI (3) won his maiden resuming when up on the speed all the way, he then was forced to chase the leaders hard at Sale before taking over inside the furlong and running away for an impressive victory. He doesn’t map as well here but if he gets cover, he will be hard to hold out late.
NOTHIN’ LEICA HIGH (2) has not won in four runs this prep but has shown plenty, he was wide throughout last time at Sandown, getting well back before hitting the line well without a lot of room late. STORMY SHORE (7) should go forward, she is a last start winner in 64-grade and there has been a subsequent winner come out of that race since. VELLASPRIDE (9) has been runner-up at his last three, a little concerning that he is yet to win out of maiden grade, he will be in the finish again no doubt in what looks a very open race on paper.
Race 4: 3YO BM70 Handicap 1600m
MAWAARD (5) showed some potential at his first prep, he was sent to the paddock and returned after 5 months to Sale last start. He could not have been more impressive when getting well back before charging home late for a very soft win. He steps up to the mile which looks to suit, if he gets cover, he looks the best of the day.
PIEMONTE (6) will find this easier than his last outing, the run prior to that he was good at Flemington when copping some trouble late. If he settles well and gets cover in behind the leader, he looks the main danger. CANDESCENCE (4) will get back but has been running on well at his last couple including a good maiden win two back. BOOMSTOCK (3) was a maiden winner on debut last start, he took a while to wind-up but once he was balanced up, he hit the line hard. This is obviously harder and is one of the Weir off-casts, more will be known about how these horses have handled the transition during the week.
Race 5: Fillies and Mares BM70 Handicap 1600m
HONEY ESPRIT (2) is a last start winner in this grade when leading throughout, she was quick early before kicking around the bend for a comfortable win. Kah gets off for the claiming Theo Nugent, the mare doesn’t lose much there and from the good middle draw, she will be trying to lead all the way again.
SOPHIE’S REVENGE (5) gets the blinkers back on, she didn’t have much luck last time when held-up at a vital stage in a harder race at Sandown, she looks well in at the weights here. CINCINATTI RED (6) is so consistent, she has versatility in where she can settle but from the good draw here, expect her to be in behind the leaders early ready to pounce. ENSUING (7) was beaten as favourite last start in an easier race, she will be giving them a start but look for her late if the speed is genuine.
Race 6: 3YO Fillies BM64 Handicap 1300m
ETANA (1) is undefeated after two career starts, she was up on the speed at both of those races, he latest when out of maiden grade she led and kicked to bolt in at Kilmore. She hasn’t been seen at the official trials so the money may be a better indication.
METRONOME (2) is yet to win out of maiden grade, she was well back when resuming before running on hard, then had to sit wide without cover at Sandown in a similar race and didn’t shirk the task late. GRAND WISH (6) led and stuck on fairly in a similar race last time, MISS DAIQUIRI (7) bolted in at her debut after leading throughout. She won by 4.25 lengths after kicking through off the inside gate, she may have to sit wide though here throughout with plenty of speed in this.
Race 7: BM70 Handicap 1300m
GOLD MAG (4) will start one of the shortest priced favourites of the day, he had never missed a place in 4 career starts and his run resuming was encouraging. He didn’t show a lot of dash but chased solidly as a 6/4 favourite, this is no harder and with that added fitness on his side he should be too strong late. He will go through the grades nicely this autumn.
BRAVO TANGO (3) ran on hard resuming and gets the nice draw for a soft run, he has trialed well since that first-up run also. DECLARATIONOFHEART (15) looks the only other winning chance, he has been gelded since we last saw him at the racetrack and he has won both of his previous two fresh runs. He ran into a couple of smart ones at the back-end of his last campaign and can match it with the older horses here. IMMACULATE SECRET (12) next best but a place chance only.
Race 8: BM64 Handicap 1200m
SIGNATURE STREET (13) resumed nicely at Sandown after being forced to sit parked three-wide without cover and wasn’t beaten far. He won his only other second-up run, a maiden win at Mildura where he over-raced up on the speed. He maps well and should be thereabouts.
AGE OF CHIVALRY (8) will have supporters but I am happy to take him on. He is a last start maiden winner that looked gone, fought back well in the straight and was strongest through the line. This looks tougher and need to see that he can take the next step. Lay him under each-way odds. OUTBACK WARRIOR (3) is resuming and is a winner at his only other fresh run at his debut. He didn’t have much luck in a harder race where not beaten far at a short quote before going to the paddock. SUPER HUSSEY (16) maps well but is still yet to win out of maiden grade which she did at her second career run. She was good resuming.