Form analyst, RIC CHAPMAN, previews Wednesday’s Sandown meeting, with horse racing tips and analysis for all eight races on the Lakeside card. Good luck, punters!
Track Condition: Good 4
Rail Position: True, entire circuit
He may have only placed at Pakenham last start but the run of CRIMINAL was good and he will improve a great deal. Looks a likely type to become a Saturday grade horse. CLOUDBREAKER won that race and won it with authority. And they meet on the same weight terms again. Hard to say who benefits the most from the extra 100m here. Look the quinella. QUEEN OF ROCKS has the bad draw but does looks progressive as well after placing this level here last start. Good race.
STRIDENT has only raced 3 times and seems to be making progress every start. This might be a tough contest but at huge odds is worth a place ticket. KARBORS is getting better with racing and looks perfectly placed. Has placed at past 2 runs in this grade and should sit in about 5th to the bend and respond. TOORADIN is unraced but in strong stable and has been backed overnight. Good contest.
I’m looking at a few in this. GAZZARA has the awkward draw but after 4 runs this time up he looks to be fit and ready to run a blinder. Put the writing on the wall with solid 3rd this grade over 2100m last start and extra trip suits. THE HUN was disappointing last start but was 2nd up. Last campaign looked very progressive. WRISTBAND is a maiden but showed last start that he can run on when placed at Newcastle. That was 6th placing on the bounce so is overdue.
FIRSTCLASS DREAMER describes a fair few who like to punt! Last time up he looked like becoming a fair horse. Is 2nd up from a spell here after a poor run but has the good draw. ANTAGONISER is lightly raced but may have a fair bit of talent. Hit line hard when 3rd in tougher race last start. Drawn to get the run of the race. INDIANA LILLY is honest and has placed at this level at her past 3 runs. Can again.
Pretty even bunch other than say NOBLE FLIGHT. He will be nearly $9 by the time they jump and that’s a great price for a horse who is 3rd up and looks above most of these in talent. Overlook unplaced run last start in better grade. SCOTTISH DANCER is having 3rd race start here. Has been heavily backed overnight and is in a strong stable. Rises in grade though but does wear a bubble cheeker for first time. DIAMOND INTHE BLUFF is also having 3rd start and won her mdn in good style last start. This is harder but looks progressive.
Tip: NOBLE LIGHT
Many hopes here. And it may become a strong form race. DIODE gets a 3kg weight relief and his form has been outstanding for this type of race. Looks very honest. ELLIS PARK is fascinating. One start for a big win. Is he top drawer? We find out a fair bit about him here in this much tougher race. GINA LOLA is a nice filly with honesty as well and will run on hard at the end.
Tip: ELLIS PARK
Lots of genuine hopes in this. Box up THE CLOSER who won at this level here last start and mares in form, LADY LOFT who is 2nd up and is a $31 chance, SKY CALL who has drawn well and placed here last start with the bottom weight MAOZI who can hit the line really well and wears blinkers for the first time.
OCEAN DEEP is a more than handy mare who was a bit plain this level and trip last start when 8th. But was 2nd up. Should, therefore, improve quite a bit here. BIANCONI MAGIC is honest and talented enough at this grade. Has placed 2 of past 3. BAG RAIDER may be ready to just go bang. At big odds last start he caught the eye when 5th over 1200m and this suits a whole lot more.