Sandown Racing Tips
Track: Soft 6. Rail: True.
Best Bet: Race 8 - DEMOLITION
Race 1: Super VOBIS 2YO Handicap 1400m
IGNITER (7) looks to have plenty of upside, the Snitzel colt was super on debut and looks well suited getting out to the 7 furlongs and further. He didn’t show a great turn-of-foot on debut but did run through the line well. With this race run at an even tempo expect him to be finishing hard.
BRICK TOP (3) has placed at both of his runs, he stormed home on debut to narrowly miss before having no luck last time when well beaten into a place. He maps beautifully to get a sit in behind the leaders. GALWAY (6) is sure to improve off an even debut where he appeared to have every chance, there has already been one subsequent winner come out of that race. IMMELMAN (8) has trialed nicely for this debut with a soft win when nursed to the line. Watch for any money for him coming to the races for the first time.
Race 2: Maiden Plate 1200m
CATARACTA (11) looked like she still has plenty to learn off her debut 2nd, she showed speed, was all over the place in the straight when bolting to the lead before being run down late. If she can jump well and lead off the inside she will be hard to catch with any natural improvement.
SIX SIGMA (7) has been very costly to punters when beaten at a short quote, but if the track dries up at all he looks an improver. PIP’S PICK (6) was heavily backed in an easier race last time, he worked to the line nicely but did have every chance. He has enough speed to be prominent early from the good gate and jockey John Allen should have the option to be on pace or take a sit. BEAT IT JUSTBEATIT (1) was very green on debut, showed a stack of ability and speed, just needs to put it all together from when they jump. He won’t be a maiden long.
Race 3: 3YO BM64 Handicap 1200m
THE MAYOR (4) has the horrendous gate to deal with, he was huge in defeat when wide on the speed throughout last time without cover. He didn’t shirk the task and was only headed inside the last 75m. He has good natural speed, so he will be carving across early, if he can get across outside the leaders easily enough he will be hard to run down.
EL MAGNIFENCE (6) will find this a lot easier than last start when down the track behind Nature Strip. He has good speed and will be one of the leaders, go on his good effort previously up the straight where he had excuses. GOLD MAG (7) couldn’t have been more impressive on debut, he was on what appeared to be the worst part of the track that day along the inner and bolted in. This is harder, but he gets the man of the moment Craig Williams on. If MILORD (9) can bring the form he has been showing on the synthetic tracks here he will be winding up late. The speed should be ok with such a big field.
Race 4: BM78 Handicap 2100m
THUNDER CLOUD (2) has won three and placed at his only other two runs this prep, he was heavily supported in this grade at the Valley last time, he circled them very wide and was still running on hard late going down by less than a length. He looks better suited at the bigger track here, if the tempo is genuine he will finish too strong for them.
The Weir stablemate SILVER STRATUM (4) is going for four straight wins, he is also a get back and run-on type horse that will appreciate the give in the track. Any more rain around before Wednesday and he will be well supported. If the track does actually improve, HARDERN (3) comes into play, he has good tactical speed and will more than likely take up the running. SERENADE THE STARS (1) will need some luck getting off the inside at some point, but he actually beat home the top selection last time after making a long sweeping run.
Race 5: Fillies and Mares BM78 Handicap 2100m
There only looks a handful of chances here but they are evenly matched it seems. HIGH SIERRA (9) looks the best of them with the inside draw, she can handle the wet and if the inside isn’t off, she will only need a little luck getting away from the inside when the runs come.
STREET SPUN (6) should start at the top of the betting, a last start winner in this grade she will carry considerably more weight, but these mares usually can do that when in form over the trip. ALMALITA (3) looks the leader and comes through that same form line, if she can get a couple of cheap sectionals through the middle she will be hard to run down. BINT EL BADU (1) will find this a nice class drop after getting too far back last time and not getting into the race as the tempo didn’t suit.
Race 6: Fillies and Mares BM70 Handicap 1600m
GROOVIN’ (1) will find this easier than her last outing, she over-raced badly on that occasion, made a mid-race move and was the first gone. If she can settle better with some cover just off the leaders, or control the race form the breeze and not pull, she will be there in the finish.
PRIA ECLIPSE (8) has the inside draw that she can use to her advantage with her good tactical speed. If she jumps away cleanly she will be hunting through attempting to lead all the way. CITRUS WISH (9) has placed at three of her last four, she was ok in easier grade last time against the boys. She will be giving them a start, look for her late. ROSEBERRY STREET (4) maps well as she did last time when placing here on the Hillside track. She had the right run that day and had no excuses, she will need to improve a little.
Race 7: BM78 Handicap 1600m
ROYAL MUSIC (14) was a solid winner at his Australian debut in an easier race, he e settled well back before travelling nicely into the race and taking over just before the furlong pole. It was a comfortable margin and no doubt he would have come on from that run after more than a year off and travelling over from Europe.
SIKANDARABAD (12) handles the wet tracks well which is a positive, she continued to take ground of the winner in the straight last time when second-up. She should be nearing peak fitness now, this is only the second time he has gone this deep into a prep. HARIPOUR (9) is an import that won at this grade last start at huge odds, he had raced over much further in the UK so expect him to be strong at the finish. PROMETHUS (8) is a hard one to line-up, he has been fair at his two runs back this campaign up north of the border, the Snowden team wouldn’t be bringing him here for nothing. Watch the betting with him but the race looks very tough with plenty open to improvement.
Race 8: BM70 Handicap 1200m
DEMOLITION (2) went into everyone’s blackbook last start at the Valley. He was well back and held-up for a couple of furlongs when the runs came, charged home late when finally getting to the outside. It is rare that they get held-up here like that on the bigger track, he looks a great bet at the early odds of better than 5/2 ($3.50).
SHERIFF JOHN STONE (1) will be up on the speed, if he can lead or control the tempo from outside the leader with a couple of cheap sectionals, he will be hard to run down.
EPIC MOMENT (7) was only fair resuming which is the norm, he has won 2/3 when second-up and just has to get cover from the horrendous draw. It will need to be a gem of a ride from out there. TOOSBUY (12) has versatility where he can settle in the race, off the draw though I suggest that he will be on the speed in behind the leaders. If the inside isn’t off he looks a great place chance.