Racing returns to Sandown for the holiday Easter Monday meeting.
There is a strong race card presented with competitive fields.
There could be quite a few scratchings with many horses also engaged in other races so the current state of affairs could change with any major withdrawals due to so many choices over the long weekend for trainers and owners.
The weather should be fine with the false rail at two metres out.
The track should be perfect for racing rated as a Good 4.
QUADDIES (races 6,7,8,9)
Skinny Play: 1,8,9 / 2,12,14 / 1,3,4,7 / 6,8,15
Wide Play: 1,6,8,9,11,12 / 1,2,5,7,9,12,14 / 1,3,4,7,9,10,11,12/ 1,2,5,6,8,11,15
BEST BET: R7 – 14. ARTEMIS ROSE
Next Best Bet: R9 – 8. URBAN RULER
Best Roughie: R3 – 8. OCTUPLETS
No7 UPTOWN GAL was hitting the line strongly at her debut in similar company over 1200m at Cranbourne on March 31. She is a well-bred filly who should take natural improvement from the run and drawn in the centre can take a nice position.
No3 KHARIR is from the stables of Team Hayes and is bound to take improvement on her second-up second over 1200m in maiden at Cranbourne on March 31. She is nicely bred and hails from Victoria’s premier two-year-old yard.
No10 REMEMBER THE NAME has had blinkers added to her apparel. She will take benefit from her second start when finishing sixth over 1200m in an Fillies' maiden at Ballarat on March 8. Has Daniel Moor as the new rider and did trial well earlier this month.
No1 ARTSTRUM has returned from a break with two solid placings. Latest ran second over 1110m in an Fillies' maiden at Werribee on April 8. She is hardened for her rise to the city and gets the in-form Damian Lane as her new rider. Should get a good run from three.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 REMEMBER THE NAME
No1 SOJU WARRIOR has apprentice Ben Thompson booked to reduce his impost to a more comfortable 58kg here after carrying 57kg to a smart win over 1550m at Morphettville on March 11. He was the $3.50 favourite that day and expect him to be tight here again.
No8 NETHERFIELD was no match for the winner but he battled on well enough and will have the addition of blinkers here. He finished 5-lengths adrift of the winner when running second over 1600m here on March 15. He gets Jamie Mott to ride and from gate five should gain a smooth passage.
No4 SO POYSED showed good form in NSW before Victorian debut when found the winner too good and ran second over 1300m at Geelong on March 28. He will take benefit from having his first start back from a spell and appears one of the luminaries here despite a wide gate in 12.
No2 FANFARON posted an imposing win first-up off a 65-day break when running away to a 1¼ length win over 1525mn against her own age and sex at Geelong on April 4. Apprentice Jordan Childs rides again and his 1.5kg claim reduces her weight to 54.5kg here. She is drawn perfectly in gate four.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 SO POYSED
No2 PEDRENA she gets Jake Bayliss’ 2kg claim to reduce her impost to 59.5kg after her brilliant win against Fillies and Mares over 1200m at Pakenham on April 6. She has won at two of her past three starts and from gate two is going to get a soft passage throughout here against her own age and sex.
No1 JUST HIFALUTIN she has shown a heap of fighting spirit to narrowly remain unbeaten at two starts. With apprentice Jordan Childs’ 1.5kg claim her weight drops to 60kg. She fought hard to win over1200m at Pakenham on March 30 with 57kg on her back.
No13 SCOLIARO has been in-form and gets Ben Allen’s 1.5kg allowance to reduce her weight to 57.5kg here. She posted a clever win over 1200m in a maiden at Pakenham on April 6 carrying 56kg and with Damian Lane on board. She was a $1.70 favourite that day and will be far more lucrative here.
No8 OCTUPLETS (TOP ROUGHIE) has yet to miss a place at three starts. She showed good courage to run third over 1400m against 3yo fillies last start here on February 8. With apprentice Ben Thompson’s 2kg claim she will carry 57.5kg here. She was specked from $21 into $14 last start and is again at attractive odds.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 OCTUPLETS
No3 THROSSELL has been reserved for this race and is expected to run strongly on last start win where he romped home by 2¼ lengths over 1400m at Pakenham on March 23. He was the $1.80 favourite that time and with the claim of Jack Martin will carry 58.5kg, which is a kilo less than he carried to win last start.
No11 DOWNHEARTED suffered ill luck in running when held up before finishing sixth over 1300m here on April 5. Gets stable jockey Craig Newitt as his new pilot here and would forgive his last start and go on his prior efforts. He has a good draw in four to land right into the box seat and be a threat.
No13 STORMSABREWING she ran a good race to finish fifth over 1600m at Flemington on March 13. She gets the high flying apprentice Beau Mertens to ride and his 1.5kg claim reduces her weight to 55kg. She is only lightly-raced with eight starts and has plenty of room for further improvement here.
No4 FABULONH has been freshened up since last start when running ninth over 1200m at Mornington on March 25. Gets top jockey Craig Williams to replace Jake Noonan and that is a plus. Has an unblemished record at this track of one start for one win and should be right up with them.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 FABULONH
No5 WILDWOOD COURT was easy in the market at $12 but defied the odds to dive late and just miss the major prize over 1800m here on March 29. Gets the top apprentice Beau Mertens to ride here and his claim reduces his weight to 59kg. This is a tough affair and this bloke is racing well.
No1 LE BOSS took the split and kicked home strong to beat Wildwood Court over 1800m here on March 29. He has been as honest as the day is long and continues to race well despite a long campaign. Ben Thompson’s 2kg claim reduces his weight down to 60.5kg, which is 3.5kg more than last time.
No3 STELLARIZED has been racing well on the provincial tracks and brought that form to the city when running second over 1800m here on March 15. Jordan Childs’ 1.5kg allowance reduces his weight 60 59kg in what is a high weight race with many gallopers heavily loaded. Expect him to be forward.
No15 DIAMOND METEOR made a good impression at her Victorian debut when finishing second over 1525m at Geelong on April 4. She hails from a top Sydney stable and was a $2.40 favourite last start with Katelyn Mallyon on board. Mallyon keeps the mount here, but gate 15 is a drawback.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 STELLARIZED
No9 CHLOE’S COMET has superb form and was valiant when winning two in a row before finishing second over 1600m against her own sex here on April 5. Katelyn Mallyon keeps the ride and she will be rolling forward here. She goes up 2kg to 58kg but she should handle the weight rise.
No8 CALL IT A DAY has been in blinding form and landed his second career win at four starts over 1490m at Cranbourne on April 7. He does rise in class here and won’t be at vice-like odds of $1.35 again. Jamie Mott keeps the mount on 58kg but the gate is a drawback in 13.
No1 PEAKY BLINDERS is chasing a hat-trick after smart country wins. Lates ran home strongly to win over 1700m at Warnambool on April 5, Jordan Childs keeps the ride and his 1.5kg allowance drops his weight to 59.5kg which appears reasonable here after carrying 59kg last start. Makes appeal.
No6 LOPARTEGA she is drawn to get the box seat or close to that from gate two. She gets the ace jockey Craig Williams to steer her and she ran a solid fifth over 1400m at Bendigo at her last start on April 1. She was specked from $31 into $21 that day and she will have her supporters here but at firmer odds.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 CHLOE’S COMET
No14 ARTEMIS ROSE (BEST BET) is a lovely bred filly who has ran second and won at her two starts. She was a big winner over 1000m at Hawkesbury on March 13. She was backed from $1.60 into $1.24 that day and there was 4½ lengths between the second and third horses. The daughter of Lonhro has leading Melbourne rider Dwayne Dunn to pilot and she is from the top stable of Team Hawkes.
No2 BANACHEK has shown excellent form with a win and a second at two country starts and drawn well (3).
No12 THE PASSAGE has impressed at two country starts and makes good appeal here.
No5 WRITTEN IN STONE can make presence felt on exposed country form.
VALUE RUNNER: No12 THE PASSAGE
No4 MATERNAL she was doing her best work on the line when resuming from a light break to run fourth over 1200m at Mornington on March 25. She gets a change of rider with Ben Melham to ride on 58.5kg and she drops back to racing against her own sex here. Has been most reliable.
No1 STYLISH MISS worked home well enough to run seventh over 1200m against her own sex at Mornington on March 25. Apprentice Ben Allen’s 1.5kg claim reduces her weight to 58.5kg and she will have the polish of Darren Weir at her rematch against mares here.
No3 FLORELLE is going to reap plenty of benefit from her first-up third over 1200m against her own sex at Mornington on March 25. Experienced jockey Dean Holland again rides her on 58.5kg against her own sex and she has a solid second-up record of two placings at three starts. Each-way claims.
No7 FOREIGN AFFAIR she gets senior rider Chris Symons replacing a 2kg apprentice. Last start ran home okay to run third over 1100m at Ballarat on April 2. She has been consistent without winning much at recent efforts, but will strip fitter after not having run for 80 days before her last start.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 STYLISH MISS
No8 URBAN RULER (NEXT BEST BET) is a highly-promising type who has won three of his seven starts. He did have a soft trial over 800m at Cranbourne on March 20 in preparation for this and would have progressed solidly since that public appearance. He has an unblemished record fresh of two starts for two wins and will be sporting blinkers for the first time here.
No6 MAKATITI ran a great race first-up and would expect further natural improvement.
No11 BLUE TYCOON has no luck first-up and expect another forward showing here.
No12 SEARCH SQUAD has been knocking on the door and a slight gear change could prove the key.
VALUE RUNNER: No12 SEARCH SQUAD