Sandown Racing Tips
Track: Good 4. Rail: True.
Best Bet: Race 5 – BARBEQUE (Each-Way).
Race 1: Mitavite National Apprentice Riders Race BM70 1400m
HEPTAGON (4) has had a really good prep so far, he won here two back on the inner track when storming home, went to a harder race at Ballarat last time and had no luck before flashing at them late. The small field suits, should be close in the run and be finishing over the top.
LORD SMEDLEY (2) was a winner of an easier race last time, he had to chase the tearaway leader throughout and finished off string. This is harder. KAZIO (1) will be well in the market but will also get back and the top selection looks a much better run-on type. He looks a good risk. RIPPLEBROOK (7) will go forward and looks next best but one for the exotic players only.
Race 2: Clanbrooke Racing Handicap BM84 3000m
OUR YANGTZE was a winner at the Valley over this trip last time, he had to make a long-sustained run and absolutely bolted in. He only carries one extra kilo for that win, looks hard to beat again.
BENALL (7) comes through that same race at the Valley and was heavily backed, he didn’t have a lot of luck approaching the turn, but the margin was large. CHOYSA (3) was beautifully ridden making a last-to-first run from the 1200m mark last time that proved the difference. May have to adopt daring tactics again. DANE HUSSLER (4) steps right up in trip here third-up, should be nearing peak fitness and looks a big improver.
Race 3: Spicer Thoroughbreds Handicap BM64 1800m
BLAZERS (10) stepped up to the mile last time and showed a lot more tactical speed leading all the way. Similar tactics look the go here for the Fastnet Rock mare, she just won’t want to use up too much fuel early form the wide gate.
ALL HARD WOOD (5) won on debut, got out to the mile at career start number two and had little luck when well in the market. He maps well here and looks an improving type getting out in trip. ROAR (4) was never on the track last time, was not entitled to finish as close as he did. He will roll forward again but may have to sit outside the leader. ROYAL ORDER (2) is resuming and looks as though he will definitely get further, but a tough ask to win at 1800m fresh. Watch for him later in the prep.
Race 4: Mypunter.com Handicap BM64 1300m
GOOSEY FAIR (10) is resuming off an inside draw, she is a last start maiden winner that had the perfect run but was impressive the way she ran through the line. No doubt she would have improved in her time off, watch for any money around for her in an open race.
DANCING TYCOON (5) is also a last start maiden winner, she had to make a very wide run before running on hard after balancing up and the gap was widening the further they went. She looks suited getting out in trip.
I’M BUXOM (3) is a Danny O’Brien filly that has only had one start, a dominant maiden win when in front. She has the extreme draw, but she has the speed to offset that. KARDASHING (1) is still yet to win out of maiden grade when she saluted in her first prep, she was outclassed at Group Three level resuming but was racing well last prep. She just finds it hard to win.
Race 5: United Petroleum Handicap BM70 1600m
BARBEQUE (1) was good at his first Vic start after having no luck, tackled a harder race last time and although he never looked the winner, he wasn’t beaten far. He should be mid-field and getting to the outside, if the run-on horses are prominent early in the card he will be hard to hold out.
THINK BLEUE (7) couldn’t have been more impressive at her last couple. She has had the perfect run in transit both times, just a little worried where she gets to here from the wide draw. LEICESTER (10) was the unluckiest runner of the night at the Valley a fortnight ago, he never got a crack at them for the last 3 furlongs. His maiden win previously was terrific, the mile looks ideal.
HAN XIN (9) will roll forward from the wide gate, his maiden win was good, but this is harder. He will need a quiet time of it in front.
Race 6: Mitavite Summer Challenge Heat 7 BM70 1600m
NO COMMITMENT (10) has been runner-up at his last couple, the start previous to that has proved to be a great form reference and he really has his finger on the till. He maps to be just off the speed and can go one better than last time.
SCHOLARLY (8) is resuming straight to the mile, he has tactical speed and be sure to look for any positives in the betting. His only other fresh run was on debut for a good second up on the speed. APPROVED ANGER (3) wasn’t far away in a bunched finish at the Valley, he did well to get so close after a torrid wide run where he had no cover. He maps a lot better here. DIAPASON (9) should appreciate coming back against the girls here, she was a little disappointing last start after having a perfect run in transit.
Race 7: Sheen Group Handicap Fillies and Mares BM70 1000m
Typical of the girls at this level that it looks a very wide affair. If playing exotics and the Quadrella, I wouldn’t be leaving many out of this leg! OSCIETRA (11) as an inclusion will always create interest as the daughter of Black Caviar, she has speed to burn like her mum.
MISS VESPER (10) was poor up on the speed last time but was caught wide so we can excuse her that run. ALTA STELLA (8) showed promise last campaign, has trialed well and was a winner fresh last time in. WEEKEND ESCAPE (6) is undefeated through two career runs, she is resuming and was a good trial winner recently.
Race 8: Ladbrokes Handicap BM70 1000m
SEVEN YEAR REWARD (3) looked a star of the future after his impressive debut win, went through the grades ok before having every chance last time at this level. He will be up on the speed and the time off would not have hurt him.
PRINCETON SPIRIT (2) is undefeated after three starts, he was sent to the paddock following his latest win when up outside the leader. He has trialed well and gets the in-form apprentice on board. VAINSTREAM (8) is also undefeated din his short career, he has shown his versatility with a maiden win on the speed followed by a huge come-from-behind win last time. He was a dominant trial winner recently also. I would be surprised if one of these three did not win, HOLY BLADE (10) will have support but looks a good lay from the draw in what will turn out to be a hot form race.