Form student, RIC CHAPMAN, previews Wednesday’s Sandown meeting with horse racing tips and analysis for all eight races on the card. It’s a twilight meeting this week. Good luck, punters!
Rail Position: Out 9m, entire circuit
Track Condition: Good 4
Fascinating race. Small field so anything can win and anything can happen. You had to love the way CONQUEROR ran on debut. He was on speed, moved to the front and was run down late by Game Keeper who is racing in the Gr 1 race on Saturday. That reads very well for this as he will be fitter. But this Godolphin filly LA TENE can really rush late so may well make a race of it as they hit the wire.
A nice bunch of 3YO maiden gallopers all looking to step out over a trip. BLUE SAPPHIRE is the speed and leads here. Having his 3rd start here means he will be in front for a very long time. LITTLE PHOENIX looks talented and should settle a little worse than midfield then charge late. Bred to stay all day. PRINCE POLANSKI has been crying out for this. Will also get back and if Blue Sapphire really rolls along he will run home hard late.
Tip: LITTLE PHOENIX
JOHNNY VINKO rarely wins but at least he is up to this grade and can stay. Made up a lot of ground late when 5th in recent Colac Cup. Trip suits and should be right in this. The inform pair of SKELM and THE DELPHI, both recent winners are up in grade but also in form.
Tip: JOHNNY VINKO
LAKE DISTRICT GIRL is in a great stable, and the 3kg claim is a big help. Is also in form taking maiden in style last start. The draw is bad but is the classiest. KOOTARA resumes here but won maiden just before spell. Might be back in great shape and gets a 2kg claim to help. LEVERAGED was strong 2nd when resuming this grade. Rates highly. Big show.
An enterprising field full of potential. Probably best trio are PICKUP THE PIECES, but has a bad draw, however, is racing brilliantly of late; WINNING PARTNER whose recent form has been a career best so has strong claims and DOGMATIC who won maiden last start at Geelong in a slightly longer race. Sure to show up.
Tip: WINNING PARTNER
Lottery. Anything can win so bet warily. On recent form HE’S THE BOSS, who was impressive 3rd last start and should be fitter; FANCIFUL TOFF who was equally as impressive when 2nd this grade while resuming last start and the lightly raced import LATIN BEAT loom largest. Latin Beat might have the most potential going forward.
Tip: LATIN BEAT
BATTLECAMP is 3rd up here. Has shown plenty of talent in this grade throughout career and was placed this company last start when flashing home from last on the bend. Is fitter now. RED SPYDER resumes here but has won a few races and goes well while fresh. Did win first up last campaign. DECLARATIONOFHEART has a fair bit of talent and was 2nd this grade when resuming. Fitter now. Looks smart.
Tough race to end the day on. GIRLS GOT SPIRIT is lightly raced but has talent. Badly drawn here and is 2nd up but should be in this finish as suited this grade. FROM THE CLOUDS gets a 2kg allowance following a tough win in slightly weaker grade last start. Is in form. SEGOUIN is 2nd up here and last campaign when 2nd up won a similar race. Watch betting moves.