Form analyst, SCOTT MCDONELL, previews Saturday’s Sandown Hillside meeting, with horse racing tips and analysis for all 10 races. Good luck, punters!

Track Condition: Good 4

Rail Position: True entire circuit

Liked the way PICARONES attacked the line to win at Caulfield on Boxing Day. Only needs to hold that form to win again.

ARTORIUS came from the back when placed at Geelong on debut. Sure to be better from that outing. Likely to get back from wide gate but has big finish and will take holding out from the back.

SHADOWHEART is a nicely bred colt who was not beaten all that far in his only trial. Premier rider aboard and expect he will have stable support.

SUNFALL was only claimed late by Picarones at Caulfield last start. Likely to roll forward and sit in first couple and will take catching.


ALTAI RANGER looked impressive winning in similar class to this at Werribee last outing. Drawn touch awkwardly but would include in major chances.

JIMENEZ relished the heavy to win two starts back then went to Caulfield and chased home the in form Zac De Boss. That form good enough for this.

IRISH BUTTERFLY was sent out favourite at Warrnambool first-up and hit the line solidly into a placing. Better from that outing and would not dismiss.

DUNE FIELD only just missed at The Valley two stats back then was not far off at Lakeside last outing. Drawn to get ideal run and close to win this prep.


SECOND SLIP made winning Australian debut at Murray Bridge for the Clarken stable. He gets the services of Jamie Kah second-up and can measure up to this.

Hard to knock the winning form of INDISPENSABLE as he lines up to win his fourth straight. Cannot leave him out.

IMPERIAL LAD raced up on the speed before sprinting away for soft win first-up. Sure to be better from that outing and from inside gate looks tough to beat again.

RUN TO PERFECTION battled on steadily at Flemington first-up from spell. Will take benefit from the run and will be an improver.


BARTHOLOMEU DIAS was sent out favourite at Flemington last start but just battled final stages. Going to stick with him in this.

STARS OF CARRUM was backed in from $13 to $6.50 at Flemington last start and run was sound after knuckling at start. Drawn to get the perfect sit in behind the speed and this a nice race for him.

MOSH MUSIC just got held up at vital stage last start and although picked up again the race was over. She will be up on the speed and will be having something each way.

DOUBLE YOU TEE just keeps hitting the line hard in his races and he is never far away. Can sneak into a placing late again.


QUANTUM MECHANIC arguably should have won at Flemington last start when powered home to just miss. Drawn perfectly and gets chance to make amends.

INTELLECTIVE is working through her classes with authority winning her last couple. No reason she cannot measure up to these.

LADY D’ORO is racing in super form this prep. She won her first couple this prep then been placed in last three in town. Looks close to another win.

KANSINO finds a slightly harder race here but she has been consistent in her three runs this time in and can sneak a placing again.


DUKE OF NEWORLEANS just wanted to overrace a touch at Lakeside last start and that was costly as he was overran late. Looking for him to settle touch better and he can reverse that form.

BELLA TIARA has won two of her three starts this time in and her win last start at Caulfield was super. Drawn ideally and no reason she cannot win again.

MILTON PARK was dominant last 200m at Flemington first-up. Strips fitter and if he can produce similar run can win again.

MISS DIVINE EM looks ready to win this prep. Three solid placings leading into this and from her inside gate she will get the perfect run in transit.


GRINZINGER ALLEE only just missed behind Rule The World at Caulfield first-up. Sure to strip fitter and he can go one better.

RULE THE WORLD won at Caulfield two starts back then only claimed last couple of strides at Flemington. He will be in finish again.

FUNDRAISER just keeps working through his classes with authority. This race is certainly not beyond him and going to put him on top.

CAFFREY has been placed in two of his last three starts. Will get the ideal run from his inside gate and would not leave out of winning chances.


Did not mind the run of TRANSLATOR first-up from spell. Should be nice each way odds in a difficult race and he is the way I am going to go.

HEART OF PUISSANCE resumes from spell. Placed in a Group Sandown Guineas at his first prep. Promising and can figure fresh.

WAR CRITIC has the speed to race up on the speed. He comes off strong last start Flemington win and no reason cannot repeat the dose in this.

KING MAGNUS started favourite at Caulfield last start and as beaten under a length. Drawn to get the perfect run in behind the speed and he will get his chance in straight.


CHINA AFFAIR is ready. Beaten less than a length in both runs this time in. Back to the 1000m looks ideal and from inside gate third-up from spell he is top pick.

NOT ENOUGH EFFORT makes his own luck sitting on the speed. Only faded late first-up and sure to have benefited from that out.

IDIDITFORLOVE was strong when hitting the front and holding on at Flemington last start. Drawn perfectly and no reason cannot win again.

PARIANO comes into this third-up from spell. Placed fresh then run better than finishing position suggests at Caulfield. Cannot leave her out of multiples.