Racing returns to Sandown on Wednesday after what has been a busy weekend with the ANZAC Day holiday meeting at Flemington on Tuesday.
This meeting kicks off with three maidens so betting will be worth watching. Also many are engaged at other meetings so have to wait to see scratchings on where they decide to go.
With rain forecast there is a chance the track may be downgraded from a Good 4.
The rail is at five metres and watch for the wind forecast as Sandown can be very blowy and the wind can change the outcome of races.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8,)
Skinny Play: 1,4,5 / 2,8 / 6,8,9,10 / 1,9,13
Wide Play: 1,2,4,5,6,7,15 / 2,3,6,7,8,9 / 4,5,6,8,9,10,11,12 / 1,5,9,13
BEST BET: R2 – 2. DIAMONDS ARE
Next Best Bet: R8 – 1 CHATEAU CHEVAL
Best Roughie: R6 – 7. VOLCAN DE FUEGO
No6 RIDGWAY has been entered for several races before this so he is ready. Has not raced since finishing second over 1400m in a maiden at Cranbourne on December 30. He gets top jockey Craig Williams to ride at his return.
No3 BEST MAN was specked at double figure odds before running on well to claim second over 1400m at Ballarat on April 12. That was only his second start so there is plenty of room for further improvement and would respect.
No9 REIGNS IN AFRICA she gets the services of the red hot Damian Lane to ride here. Gave her best effort at three starts when finishing third over 1200m in a maiden for fillies at Bairnsdale on April 1. She is drawn well in gate four.
No2 ERAMOSA gets leading apprentice Jordan Childs to ride but is unable to use his claim. Latest ran a solid fourth over 1170m at Wangaratta on April 6. Was placed in the first three at three of his prior starts and rates as an each-way hope.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 ERAMOSA
No2 DIAMONDS ARE (BEST BET) Is a Sydney-trained galloper down here to look for a change of luck. Ran a great second on a Heavy 8 over 1200m at Kembla Grange on April 1. Melbourne’s top apprentice Beau Mertens has been given the task and his 1.5kg claim reduces his impost to 56.5kg.
No4 HAKERAK gave a good effort at debut and expect further improvement with longer trip.
No1 ARROCHAR can only improve further on solid start to career.
No8 STEEL OF MADRID has run two good placings this prep and is now rock hard.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 STEEL OF MADRID
No4 HOT RUBY showed good speed to grab the lead but was headed and ran sixth over 1600m against her own sex at Caulfield on April 15. She gets a change of rider with top jockey Craig Williams taking the helm and is drawn well in six.
No2 PEAKY BLINDERS is chasing a hat-trick here. He does rise in weight going up 2kg to 61kg for his success. He carried 59kg to post an easy win over 1700m at Warnambool on February 23. Apprentice Jordan Childs rides but has no claim.
No7 NORTHERN CHARM landed her third win from her past four starts when she narrowly beat Penny To Sell over 1600m against her own sex at Pakenham on April 13. Apprentice Jordan Grob’s 3kg claim reduces her weight to 55kg.
No8 JENNIO has seen trainer Darren Weir book leading apprentice Ben Allen on top here. Allen’s claim reduces her impost to 56kg. She ran fairly when finishing fourth over 1600m at Ballarat on April 12 and the changes could re-spark her.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 OCTUPLETS
No2 KABROCCO going for this provincial galloper to post his first city win after a flurry of success in the bush. Latest lumped 61kg to win over 1100m at Wangaratta on March 31. With apprentice Mitchell Aitken’s 3kg claim carries 57.5kg.
No1 TIGIDIG TIGIDIG has heaps of speed and would forgive last start when capitulated to run sixth over 1100m at Bendigo on April 1. Jack Mitchell’s 3kg claim reduces his impost down to 59kg and he can return to his best form.
No8 SANDHURST DELIGHT gets a nice drop of 3kg in weight down to 56kg on last start second over 1200m at Ballarat on April 12. Top jockey Dwayne Dunn rides again and gets a gear change with blinkers replacing winkers.
No9 SANDRELLI has leading Adelaide trainer Phillip Stokes booking top jockey Luke Nolen to ride here. Showed ready for a comeback when posted a smart ¾ length win in a 1000m trial at Morphettville on April 3. Has a great first-up record.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 SANDRELLI
No1 LADY LEE has competed in strong fields at two starts this prep. Latest ran a good second over 1300m against 3yr fillies here on April 5. Top apprentice Beau Mertens rides again and his 1.5kg claims reduces her weight to 58.5kg.
No4 POLISHER started an easing $2.10 favourite but posted a clever win second-up over 1400m in a maiden at Pakenham on April 13. She does pay a high price here up 3kg to 59kg but she does face her own sex and age.
No5 SCOLIARO form before last start was top notch. Latest ran tenth over 1300m against her own age and sex on April 17. She gets a change of rider with Jordan Childs the new pillion and his claim reduces her weight to 57.5kg.
No7 SUMMER WIND eased in the betting before finishing a sound fifth over 1300m against her own age and sex here on April 17. Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra have put a tongue-tie on so there could be excuses.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 LADY LEE
No2 AL SHAMEEL has been in sensational form on provincial tracks. Was backed into a red hot $1.70 and got the chocolates over 2200m at Ballarat on April 12. Beau Mertens’ 1.5kg claim reduces his weight to 58kg – 3kg less than last time.
No7 VOLCAN DE FUEGO (BEST ROUGHIE) gets apprentice Stephanie Thornton’s 3kg claim to reduce his impost to 53.5kg. Has been in sparkling form and won with Thornton in the saddle over 1900m at Kilmore on April 13. Looks to have strong claims.
No3 LE BOSS kept working to the line when carrying 60.5kg here to run sixth over 2100m on April 17. Ben Thompson rides again and his 1.5kg claim reduces his weight to 58kg. Is most race-hardened and would respect despite long campaign.
No8 PRESCIENCE gets a handy drop of 3kg in weight on his last start third over 2100m here on April 17. Down to 54.5kg and regular rider Craig Newitt keeps the ride here. Hails from the yard of Chris Waller and respect.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 VOLCAN DE FUEGO
No6 MAKATITI has been reserved for this race and gave a good sight first-up when four deep and fought on well to run sixth over 1200m here on April 17. Drops a half kilo to 59kg and does get a change of rider with Thomas Sadler the new rider.
No10 FRAGONARD showed speed last start and battled on well enough to run fifth over 1600m against 3yr fillies at Caulfield on April 8. She gets Andrew Mallyon to ride here and does rise 2kg to 57kg for the drop in class.
No9 DOWNHEARTED showed plenty of heart to fight hard when headed and finished third over 1700m here on April 17. Gets Craig Newitt to ride again at 57.5kg and from gate two gets a soft passage throughout.
No8 EXACTING was an easing $4 favourite before finishing fourth over 1400m at Ballarat on April 2. Daniel Moor is replaced by top jockey Damien Oliver and he does love this distance with two wins and two placings at seven starts.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 EXACTING
No1 CHATEAU CHEVAL (NEXT BEST BET) Beau Mertens rode her when she carried 57kg to run a close second over 1300m here on April 3. With apprentice Mitchell Aitken’s 3kg claim her handicap is reduced to 57.5kg and she should gain a cosy run jumping from barrier two. She faces her own sex here and has been right on the money at her recent starts. Tough to beat.
No11 ALASKAN SUN finished well enough last start to warrant as a threat here.
No9 JOCASTA plenty to like about her country form and has ear muffs on for the first time.
No13 BLUE MONEY was a dominant maiden winner last start. She is up in class but worthy.
VALUE RUNNER: No13 BLUE MONEY