Sandown Racing Tips
Track: Good 3. Rail: Out 7m entire circuit.
Best Bet: Race 3 – 1 ETAH JAMES
Race 1: Spicer Thoroughbreds Plate 2YO Fillies 1200m
HIKAYA (4) was only fair resuming on the soft track but may have got her tongue over the bit so am willing to forgive her that run. McEvoy knows how to prepare a 2YO so expect big improvement from her.
There was support for MELVEEN (5) at big odds on debut, she was only fair in the run home from back in the field, but this race is a lot easier. ALL TOO HANDY (1) has been good at both career starts, but she has had her chances to win and hasn’t taken them. GHEEDAA (3) was unwanted on debut, ran on nicely out wide and will have come on from that run.
Race 2: Polytrack Plate Maiden 1300m
FRANKEL MY DEAR (2) drops an enormity in grade here, he was beaten out of sight last time but that was behind potential star NATURE STRIP, dropping back to a maiden here looks ideal.
HEAVENLY THOUGHT (3) was well beaten last time but that winner also will go onto bigger things. He has had a tendency to get well back, look for him late. WHOOMPH (7) raced in better company when last in work, he had his chances resuming but will have improved off that run. THE ROUSEABOUT (5) is on debut, look for any positive moves in the betting with her as she has trialed well enough.
Race 3: Chandler McLeod Handicap BM78 Fillies and Mares 2100m
ETAH JAMES (1) has had 6 weeks away from the track, I expect her to be fit though coming into this. She has a great overall record of 5 wins form 8 starts, races on the speed and drops back from Listed level to a 78 against the girls.
STORMY SHORE (3) will sit back, there is every chance that the tempo will be genuine, look for her storming late over the top of them. AURORA MISS (6) comes off a win in an easier highweight race, but she had to do all the chasing and was still strong at the end of the trip. ASHLEE MARIE (2) will go forward, her chances will rely on getting the rails first or taking a sit. Doubt she can sit outside the speed and win.
Race 4: Dream Thoroughbreds Handicap BM64 1600m
AURUM SPIRIT (1) has been up for a while but he has impressed the way he has charged home at his last couple. He will find this easier dropping back to a 64 and gets the good 3kg claim.
ISLE OF CAPRI (6) had as stack of excuses last start in a much harder race, she had been racing well previously in this campaign. HOUSTON STREET (3) has yet to miss a place in his 5 start career, he ran on well enough at Pakenham resuming. He will be giving them a start again and will need a genuine tempo. HERMANITO (4) is coming off a last start maiden win, he hit a flat spot there but rallied in the straight and looks suited getting out to the mile.
Race 5: Mitavite Summer Challenge Heat 3 BM78 1400m
KING’S COMMAND (3) has been racing well this campaign, he drops a stack in class back to this and should be running on hard. I would prefer he settles back a little further and comes with one run.
The speed looks like being good in this, EPIC MOMENT (6) has been racing well in the front-running role and this is no harder. If he gets his own way in front, he will be very hard to run down. SALSAMOR (9) has some class taking on the older horses here. He will probably need the run but if the speed is on he can finish hard.
RUNSON (1) is a last start winner, he had a perfect run in transit that day and although he will be up on the speed, I doubt he can win if he has to sit parked outside the leader which is where I have him mapped.
Race 6: Blue Star Print Group Handicap 3YO BM64 1200m
SIR KALAHAD (5) showed good speed on debut, did plenty wrong in the straight and had a respiratory issue on pulling up, but was still good enough to win. He looks to have a stack of ability, was sent to the trials and given a good hit out recently since then.
HAUNTED (4) is an undefeated Godolphin runner after a soft win on debut. The stable is flying at the moment, he had the perfect run in transit that day and maps in a similar position here just off the leaders. SPIRIT OF AQUADA (6) broke through for a well deserved maiden win last time after being ever so consistent, the margin was huge that day and he will be up on the speed. HOLBEIN (7) is a little less experienced but has the same credentials, big last start win in maiden grade up on the speed. The draw may hurt him though.
Race 7: United Petroleum Handicap BM64 1400m
MONTASER (9) has been given a month off, he was well fancied in a much harder race at HQ last time, hit a little flat spot early in the straight before running through the line well. He will keep coming in the straight and may have more upside than most of these.
OUR CHIQUILLA (12) is never far away, she had no luck here last time when held-up at a vital stage before flashing late to just miss. She will be giving them a start but look for her late. AEROVICTORY (10) has been consistent in his 7-start career, he has good tactical speed so he should have all the options early from a good gate. The question mark will be whether he will run a string 1400m. RIBBON OF CHOICE (14) was given a horror run three-wide on the speed last time, he maps a lot better here and although this is harder, should get a soft run.
Race 8: Ladbrokes Handicap BM64 1200m
TROJAN STORM (3) was brave in defeat last time in a harder race at the Valley. He over-raced before pulling wide and kept coming in the straight. Likely to get further back here, he will appreciate the bigger spaces and longer run home.
HEPTAGON (5) is only a lightly raced 4YO having start 5, this is the first time he has been second-up but what he showed fresh was encouraging. He looks like he still has a bit to learn but if he goes straight he will be running on hard form the back. TONTERIA (1) has good tactical speed, he will likely be trying to find the top early, see how the track has been playing throughout the day.
MAXIMUS (9) is resuming at his second career preparation, showed ability and versatility at his first prep and only missed a place once in those five starts. The gate has to be a huge concern here though.