Sandown (Wed)

Sandown Racing Tips - Wed Feb 13

Another mid-week meeting at Sandown where our Best Bet comes in Race 5, #11 Jungle Fish.

If you're looking for some extra value we've got a couple of $6 chances on top in Races 6 and 8.

Track: Good 4. Rail: Out 6m entire circuit.

Best Bet: Race 5 – JUNGLE FISH

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Race 1: Maiden Plate Set Weights 1400m

BULLOCK (8) late in January over 1200m here on the inner track, she was a mile back early and found the line well, albeit beaten by a bug margin. She would have taken plenty from that run and will appreciate getting out to the 7 furlongs.

Dangers:

SUBURBIA (7) placed at 2 of 4 at his first prep, was out to a longer rip at the back end of the campaign and may need further. His trial wasn’t overly pleasing, prefer to take him on if he starts under each-way odds. REINVIGORATE (5) must be respected from the O’Brien yard, the trials have only been fair and the late money will tell us more. GREEK MIST (4) is also on debut off only a fair trial, respect if the money comes.

Race 2: 2YO Fillies No Metro Wins Plate Set Weights 1300m

HAFAAWA (6) was impressive on debut in Sydney, she was vetted at the barrier which is never a good thing, jumped well enough and settled outside the leader, balanced up in the straight and found the front before being nabbed late. A little concerning that it is her first go the Melbourne way, but she looks to have a stack of ability.

Dangers:

FLING (5) was ok on debut, she appeared to have every chance when up on the speed but weakened over the final furlong. She will have taken plenty from that run. LA TENE (7) is drawn to get a soft run and from the Cummings yard, which is flying, she has shown she still has a lot to learn but has raw ability. She stuck on well last time after a tough run. CAILLOUX (2) had a soft run on debut and was finding the line ok but ran out of room late.

Race 3: 3YO BM64 Handicap 1300m

TERBIUM (1) has won both of his starts, his debut win by 3 across the border was impressive coming from mid-field, he then went to Pakenham and ran on hard again but still has plenty to learn. He steps up in grade again but looks to have a stack of upside.

Dangers:

FAST STEPPING (2) has won his last couple, both up on the speed, a little concerning that he will have to work to find the front or sit outside the pace. KASHIWA (6) had only been racing fairly north of the border before coming down to the Valley las start and improving a stack with a last to first victory. Need to see that as the norm first though before recommending. ESTHEIC (7) hasn’t been seen since early in the Spring, his trial was ok and gets the soft run from the inside draw.

Race 4: BM64 Handicap 2400m

VELLASPRIDE (5) has had his chances but surely he is going to break through for his first non-maiden win soon. He has been runner-up at his last four, a couple on the speed and a couple running on from mid-field, Oliver goes back on and surely is not far away again.

Dangers:

CONVERGING (2) is an interesting runner, she has only looked fair on paper at her last two but the races were not run to suit. If the back-markers are in play, look for her late with one run. NOTHIN’ LEICA HIGH (1) had no luck when narrowly missing a placing here last week, he was going for inside runs when held-up on a couple of occasions. He should be getting to the outside and running on hard, which is more his go. TIGEEN (7) should go forward and will be on the speed somewhere, she probably needs cover but with Zahra on, he will make the right play. She narrowly missed in a bunched finish at the Bool last start but she was the one that had to do all the work wide and on the speed.

Race 5: BM64 Handicap 1800m

JUNGLE FISH (11) resumed at Pakenham a fortnight ago, she was coming off a very long break and was very, very short in the betting. She worked early to get outside the leader but was very impressive late and string through the line. Where she gets to in the run here from the horrible gate is a mystery but that looks the only concern. If she is not flat second-up, she wins this.

Dangers:

GELIGNITE JACK (8) was resuming off a long break in his first go out of maiden grade last time, he was a little flat-footed but worked home well and will appreciate getting out in trip. His only other second-up run was a maiden win. He will be big odds but can run a place. YULONG EARTH (7) is only lightly raced, runner –up at both starts since winning his maiden on debut, he may need some luck away from het rails when the runs come. SENRIMA TIDE (2) is consistent, he needs to settle better than he did last time but gets a good claim.

Race 6: BM64 Handicap 1300m

RIVER JEWEL (12) has been up for a while but comes off a brief 3-week freshen-up. She is an Ex-Weir runner that goes to the Ellerton/Zahra camp, blinkers are back on and should be right on the speed throughout.

Dangers:

It looks an open race on paper. EAST INDIAMAN (11) is resuming and has been gelded since we last saw him at the races, he wasn’t beaten far when on the speed at Listed level when last in work. Watch the betting to see if he is ready. SAVVY OAK (7) has not won since his debut run, but he was chasing around some of the country’s best of his age group in the Spring, he may want longer but will be running on hard. GOETHE (3) has had a six-week let-up, he comes through a hot form race at Flemington where he was well back in the run and only got going late before being held-up at the furlong and only battled thereafter.

Race 7: Fillies and Mares BM70 Handicap 1400m

SHAMWOW (12) was well backed into red figures when resuming at maiden level three weeks ago at Sale. She was awkwardly away before getting very wide, running on powerfully to score by more than three lengths. She was most impressive and can take the next step out of maiden grade without question.

Dangers:

LA TIGERESA (5) looks the obvious danger and will be well supported, she beat the girls at 64 level here on this track three weeks ago when running on hard from mid-field. PEKO (4) had every chance here last time in an easier race and although she is a must for all exotics, she looks a good lay if in single figures in the betting. SOMETHING SILVER (1) has been first across the line at her last two starts, the latest she shared the honours when dead-heating at Pakenham after a wide run, she did have cover though.

Race 8: BM70 Handicap 1000m

SWIZZLE STICKS (11) took on the girls at 78 level last time and had absolutely no luck. She got within 0.3 lengths on the line, that was after she was held-up in behind them until the furlong pole when she got balanced up and charged home. She maps better here but has to take on the boys, looks a great each-way bet to finish the night.

Dangers:

WON BALL (4) is another Weir cast-off that goes to the Gelagotis yard, he did trial ok last week and gets the blinkers off. He may be giving them a start but look for him late. VILLA SARCHI (6) was good in defeat when favourite at the Valley last time, he blew the start and was last, came very wide and despite laying out in the run home, hit the line well to narrowly miss a placing. Williams jumps on REDCORE (8) replacing Damian Thornton, the last time he rode him was at Caulfield in a similar race where he wasn’t beaten far. He will go forward at the start and try to slot in.

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