Form analyst, RIC CHAPMAN, previews Wednesday’s Sandown meeting, with horse racing tips and analysis for all eight races on the Hillside card. Good luck, punters!

Track Condition: Good 4

Rail Position: Out 3m, entire circuit

MATADOR has had a few chances but resumes here and the money is coming for him. STARSONIC has placed at past couple this grade and is very fit. Can place again. TO THE BARRICADES was a terrific 2nd on debut in the mud at Cranbourne. Made ground that day. Big show.

Tip: TO THE BARRICADES

STAR OF THE ELMS hasn’t shown a great deal but is 3rd up here and last start 4th this level was a handy run suggesting he is ready.  JUDGE JEANNINE is close to a win. Hit line well when 3rd last start and is ready to pounce. REGAL RIFFLE will fire a shot here! Ran on when 2nd, beaten a length on debut then up on pace from the get-go when same result last start. Very fit now. Good contest.

Tip: REGAL RIFFLE

I’m looking forward to seeing this 3YO HARD PRESS. He resumes here after a runaway maiden win back in June where he went to the front and just raced away. POUTING LIPS is also resuming and was also a winner in first campaign. Should be respected. Have ARIGATO in your numbers. Looked strong winning maiden last start so is fit and in form. Solid race.

Tip: HARD PRESS

Even affair and a tough one to map. CANELO was strong when resuming and 3rd last start at this level. Has drawn well here. ARDEEO is indeed up a little in class but is racing well enough. THE BRICKMAN won maiden 3 runs back with Brad Rawiller on top, and last start was impressive in higher grade when 2nd. Rawiller is back on for this start. Big show.  Bound to charge late.

Tip: THE BRICKMAN

Pretty even bunch. You have to fancy the in form horse and that’s MIDAS TOUCH. Won twice and placed twice in 4 starts this time up. Drawn to get a gun run too. SACRED THEME hasn’t won for a good while but gets home hard enough at this level and was placed last start. AUSSIE NUGGET is improving every run. Scored at past 2 starts, both in weaker grade but has the ability to hit the line.

Tip: MIDAS TOUCH

TATIARA is one of the best-bred horses in training and she has talent too. Looked winner until near home when 2nd at Ballarat last start in a stronger race. Is fit and fast and looks tough to pass here. IN HEART’S WAKE is always a threat this type of race and drawn to be in the hunt again. SUPER HUSSEY is 3rd up here. Last start made ground late in BM 70 at Kyneton. This should be a nice fit.

Tip: TATIARA

MICKEY BLUE EYES hasn’t done anything for some time but he does get in well here after the 3kg claim. A former smart youngster he has lost his zip, but he did work home okay for 5th in a similar race last start. IRISH BUTTERFLY is talented but is rising through the grades quickly. Did finish off the race well when 4th at Bendigo 1300m in BM70 when resuming last start. Big show. KAMIEN is honest and consistent at this level and drawn well today.

Tip: MICKEY BLUE EYES

Tough race to end the day on. THORONDOR is good on his day but hasn’t had a good day for a long, long time. Is down in grade here, is 3rd up and does get a 2kg allowance. That all may turn him on. COPPER FOX was strong when 5th last start while resuming. Good chance and PRETTY BELLA has been racing well this company of late.

Tip: COPPER FOX