An eight race twilight program has been set down for Sandown Lakeside on Wednesday. The weather is fine, the track is soft (5) and the rail is out four metres for the entire circuit.
Race 1. (15:30) Ladbrokes Cash In Mdn Plate 1200m
Have this race down to two chances. Just the better barrier is leaning me the way of 4 Boom Tiger (Bet Now: $7.50). On debut for the Maher/Eustace team off the back of a Rosehill trial and a couple of jumpouts either side of that trial. Worked to the line nicely in a recent Cranbourne jumpout and looks to map well from a good draw.
5 Diamonds’N’Stones (Bet Now: $6.00) looks the pick of the raced brigade. Team Hawkes trained gelding that resumed over 1200m at the Valley where he was fancied in betting and battled away okay behind impressive winner Sayumi. Draws wide, but reckon Willow will be positive and if he can get on speed without spending too many petrol tickets, hard to beat.
12 Isolating (Bet Now: $14.00) is a knockout chance. Rachael Cunningham trained six year old mare that was having start three when resuming over 1200m at Geelong and I loved the way she found the line from the back, charging to just miss out on picking up Galactus. Remaining at 1200m is the query, but hard to ignore that resumption.
Race 2. (16:05) Ive Print (bm64) 1600m
Hoping that Nash can take control from the front with 3 Narvaez (Bet Now: $2.30). WaterBott trained three year old that has been pretty good in a couple of runs back from a spell. Beaten a lip fresh at Cranbourne before going to Flemington when near the speed and battling away well behind Beltoro. Like him up to the mile, Nash should find the front, get control and hopefully prove too good.
6 Vidiano (Bet Now: $4.80) does look the most progressive of this bunch. Debuted over 1300m at Geelong and she was a real eye catcher late in the piece when a closing third to Sensationalisation, who was solid at Flemington on the weekend. Looks like this girl will eat up the mile and clearly has more upside than most engaged.
4 Wise Dragon (Bet Now: $7.50) has been up a little while for Grahame Begg but continues to hold his form relatively well. Ran over the mile on the Hillside track here last time out and while he was comfortably held, it was a real sit/sprint and those from the back pretty much had no hope. If he can use gate one to advantage, hard to beat.
Race 3. (16:40) Clanbrooke Racing Hcp (c1) 1300m
I’ll take a punt with 1 War Critic (Bet Now: $16.00) for the in form Ellerton/Zahra camp. Batting at around 20% in recent weeks is the stable and they have this guy resuming. He has shown talent in his short career to date. Just hasn’t been able to produce it on race day for the most part. His recent jumpouts have been strong and Jamie Kah is 1/1 aboard him.
4 Orchestrate (Bet Now: $4.80) looks above average for Mitch Freedman. Big win from her when she resumed with a Mornington maiden win, sweeping home from near last and rounding them up to win impressively. Had jumped out super prior to that and Lane is the form rider in Melbourne at the moment, so she commands respect.
6 La Pietra (Bet Now: $8.50) is suited back to 1300m. Just found the mile a bridge too far last time out at the Valley so I’d be forgiving of that down the track effort behind surprise winner Make Mine Hennessy. Strong winner over 1400m on the Hillside track here the start prior and off that effort, can easily bounce back.
Race 4. (17:15) Thoroughbred Club (bm64) 1400m
6 Soaring Eagle (Bet Now: $9.00) doesn’t have the greatest of winning strike rates, but reckon she finds a very winnable race here. Is second up for David Briedoake, resuming on the Hillside track where she was chasing a solid speed set by the eventual winner Witchfulthinking. Tried hard, but her condition gave out late. Gets a significant jockey upgrade, has upside and 1400m is ideal.
11 Moeen (Bet Now: $3.30) is the key threat. She resumed in the Witchfulthinking race mentioned above and she was a real eye catcher. Liked the way she finished off her race when third to the Noblet mare, who did fail badly last week, but it looked an end of prep run. This girl will likely ease back from the wide gate and be strong at the end.
1 Kent Street (Bet Now: $18.00) could be a knockout chance here. The Peter Chow stable is flying at the moment and this gelding does get in pretty well after the claim for Mel Julius. Ran in a 70 at Donald last time out and worked home well without threatening behind Regal Rossa. If gate one is used to advantage, think he can easily win.
Race 5. (17:50) The Big Screen Company (bm64) 1600m
Going to have a throw at the stumps in the shape of 2 Duns ‘N’ Roses (Bet Now: $23.00). John Sadler trained mare that had jumped out very well prior to resuming at the Valley in what was a fast run race and her condition couldn’t sustain with that tempo behind Re Edit. Better suited here on a bigger track and back to a 64, and with the claim, she’s really well in.
6 Livingstone Falls (Bet Now: $3.60) looks a smart animal for Andrew Noblet. Wide no cover last start at the Valley and was one of the first off the bit, but she kept finding under pressure and on the line, she was strong and drew clear late. Another tricky draw for her to overcome, but have to like the way she has gone about it in two career outings.
4 Tugga War (Bet Now: $35.00) should land near the speed and give a sight. Gave a sight when racing at the Valley a couple of Friday nights back from the front but couldn’t finish it off and ended up down the track behind Lady Day. Newitt is 1/1 aboard her, should be near the speed, likely in front, and giving backers a sight at odds.
Race 6. (18:25) Quayclean (bm70) 1600m
Happy to be with 7 High’N’Dry (Bet Now: $3.20) but gee he’s well found at around $4. I thought he was very good fresh over 1400m on the Hillside track here in restricted room. Loved the way he found the line and his late splits were some of the best of the race. He is a second up winner, suited at the mile…think he’s a great gamble, but not at the current price. I’d want $6+ before betting.
Any hint of his best and 1 Reserve Street (Bet Now: $7.00) would spank this field. Jury is well and truly out on how well he is going because he resumed in the Tatura Cup and I thought was very plain behind Midships, who ran just fair at Flemington on the weekend, so the form is suspect, but he draws soft, is fitter and is so well in after the claim.
9 Done By Me (Bet Now: $8.50) isn’t the most reliable galloper going around but she does have quality when right, gets Jamie Kah and stable is flying so there are a few boxes ticked for her. Ran last Wednesday at Caulfield and was good late in an on pace dominated affair won by Hearty Lass. Better set up this time around and can certainly win.
Race 7. (19:00) Ladbrokes Odds Boost (bm64) 2100m
I learned a little while ago that only think about 6 Nothin’ Leica High (Bet Now: $27.00) as a winning chance if Noel Callow is riding. Well, he’s on for this start and I’ll be backing him each way. I think he has come back well based on his last start effort over 1800m. Given the track pattern, he had little to no hope of winning, but actually closed off quite well and produced some of the best late splits of the race. Gets to a suitable trip, draws soft, Callow rides…think he’s worth a speck.
This is a rise in grade/depth for 17 Star Ines (Bet Now: $7.00), but it was hard not to be impressed by his maiden win on Werribee Cup Day. He looked the winner a long way out and gave his rivals a spanking, winning by six officially but it could have easily been double digits if Lane pushed him right out. Heading in the right direction and can measure up here.
Fitter and up to 2100m I do like for 2 Nordic Symphony (Bet Now: $12.00). Ran over 1800m here two weeks ago, his first run in just under a month, and she worked home well from near the back behind Austrata in the same race Nothin Leica High contested. If you like him, which I do, then this girl has to be included.
Race 8. (19:30) Ladbrokes (bm64) 1200m
Market will be fascinating with 11 Night Express (Bet Now: $8.00). This Henry Dwyer trained mare had a mixed Autumn. Brilliant winner on the Parks track, which ensured she went out a heavily backed $3 favourite in a Stakes race during the Adelaide Carnival, but she failed there and the wheels well and truly fell off from that point. Interesting she was ridden for cover in her latest jumpout but got to the outside and under riding, won the jumpout. Her best is clearly good enough.
4 Dune Field (Bet Now: $6.00) has somewhat mixed his form this time in but I think keeping him to truly run 1200m races will work. That was the case last time out at the Valley when back off the speed and finishing off hard late when second, a narrow second, to Heyington Station. Williams sticks and tempo will be genuine once again.
3 Moor Wanted (Bet Now: $13.00) is suited back to this level. The race he comes out of, a straight race at Flemington, I do worry about given the time and rating of it was ordinary relative to the day, but the stable is flying at the moment and he does drop to a 64 race, the lowest rating race he has contested in two years, and that time he did win.
Best Bets & Quaddie Tips
BEST BET: Race Two Number 3 Narvaez
NEXT BEST: Race Six Number 7 High’N’Dry
LONG SHOT: Race Seven Number 6 Nothin’ Leica High
Quaddie Tips (Races Five Through To Eight):
Leg One: 2, 4, 5, 6
Leg Two: 1, 2, 6, 7, 9
Leg Three: 2, 3, 6, 10, 17
Leg Four: 1, 4, 8, 11
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