After racing with the rail at the 12metre position two weeks ago, the Sandown Hillside rail comes back to 4metres for the entire circuit for Wednesday’s meeting. This should provide more opportunities for those horses swooping late. Rain will dampen the track again and a Soft6 racing surface is expected to suit those horses who appreciate having the sting out of the ground.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 1,12 – 1,2,3 – 1,5,16 – 5,6,8
Wide Play: 1,2,3,4,12,13 – 1,2,3,6,12,16 – 1,2,5,6,9,16 – 4.,5,6,7,8,12
BEST BET: R4 – 7. EAT DESSERT FIRST
Next Best Bet: R3 – 2. PAKAYA PRINCE
Best Roughie: R7– 1. BALLYBRIT
No5 TAN TAT TRUSTING Well-backed on debut when he raced prominently and battled on strongly for 2.65-length third Potemkin 1412m Echuca Maiden Soft6 July 10. Promising type who will have derived lots of benefit from that experience and Craig Williams goes on here. Hard to beat.
No7 YESIDO Showed promise in Brisbane before racing handily to the turn and finishing doggedly for nose second Speed Stinger 1300m Geelong Synthetic 3Yr Maiden first-up July 11. Placed at Ipswich 2180m and Gold Coast 1800m and ran consecutive fourths Eagle Farm 1650m and Doomben 1400m Maidens in previous preparation. Will appreciate this trip and rates highly with further improvement.
No8 BELLA MIA Placed at four of six starts and should be running into the money again. Ran 1.6-length third Wenner 1400m Pakenham Synthetic 3YO Maiden June 20 then made up heaps of ground for 1.45-length third Miss Magda 1400m 3YO Fillies BM64 Lakeside track here July 12. Drops 1kg against the boys here.
No3 PRINCE OF VENICE Placed last three and should appreciate extra distance and roomier track here. Ran third Eurack 1100m Bendigo 3Yr Maiden Heavy8 July 7 then worked home strongly for third Share The Faith 1400m Geelong Good4 July 16.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 BELLA MIA
No5 MISSION VISION Moderately away on debut but worked home nicely for impressive 3.85-length sixth I Did It Again, Bandipur in high-class 2YO Handicap Caulfield July 15. Drawn to get a good trail into the race and, with further improvement, will appreciate the drop in grade.
No8 SLY CHOICE High-priced Redoute’s Choice colt who had a good hit-out in a recent Caulfield jump-out to fit him for this. Nicely drawn on debut and Damien Oliver could be a strong pointer.
No1 VALIANT GREEN Impressed on debut when he came from midfield in fast-run race and overcame trouble in the straight to beat Captivator 1200m Pakenham Synthetic Maiden July 14. Goes up 3kg here but is dropping back to his own age group. Warrants respect.
No9 WASSERGEIST $240,000 colt by Fastnet Rock out of the NZ Group winner Te Akau Rose who is bred to go quick. Beau Mertens goes on so he must be kept safe on debut.
VALUE RUNNER: NO9 WASSERGEIST
No2 PAKAYA PRINCE (NEXT BEST BET) Led and kicked away on turn when easy two-length winner over Dane Thunder 1400m Lakeside course Soft6 here July 5 then over-raced in front when tenacious 1.35-length fourth Orient Line 1400m Caulfield BM78 Good4 July 15. Will find this easier and looks the one to beat again with the sting out of the ground.
No1 RECALCULATE Won over 1411m Sale MB70 Soft5 and Ballarat 1500m BM78 before getting bogged down on Heavy8 Randwick track when last of six to Pelethronius 1400m BM78 June 24. Freshened for this.
No3 FIRE AGATE Improved by recent racing and impressed when second to Rich Luck 1200m Geelong BM78 Good4 July 16. Getting near the money.
No7 IT’S A SHAME BILLY Model of consistency who has to be considered on close third Murphy’s Reward, Oscar’s My Mate Pa 1200m Lakeside course here July 5 and Williams goes on.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 FIRE AGATE
No7 EAT DESSERT FIRST (BEST BET) Promising filly on the way up. Should have beaten Eminent Son when protested unsuccessfully nose second over this trip on Soft5 going June 28. Ran through the line hard in beating Innocent Lily 1000m Geelong Synthetic Maiden previous run June 16. At her peak for this and meeting Eminent Son 1.5kg better here.
No8 EURACK Looked super-impressive in trouncing Riverdance Lad 1100m Bendigo 3Yr Maiden Heavy8 on debut. This is tougher but has to be considered among the chances.
No2 EMINENT SON Racing in great form and suited this track and distance. Blinkers go back on here after veering out last start.
No10 INNOCENT LILY Followed second to Eat Dessert First Geelong June 16 with win over subsequent Bendigo winner Safdie 1000m Geelong July 4. Winning form is good form and Oliver goes on.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 EURACK
SCRATCHED No12 STREET SPUN Has been doing best work at the finish in two runs since beating Reticent 2000m Mornington BM64 Heavy8 June 12. Solid third to Yogi 1800m here BM70 Soft5 June 28 then got too far back when grinding 3.25-length second Ashlee Marie 2100m Lakeside Mares BM78 July 12. Crying out for this distance.
No1 KAWABATA Stormed home from last to beat High Lago 2100m Lakeside BM64 here July 5 and will continue to improve. Has won up to 3065m so extra distance no problem.
No3 SUN DISK Just behind the placings at three runs from a spell and looks ideally suited to 2400m here. Has won at this distance and placed over 3000m.
No13 HIGH LAGO Rates highly on dogged second Kawabata 2100m Lakeside course here July 5. Meets Kawabata 0.5kg better here and Williams goes back on. Has been placed at 2500m.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 SUN DISK
No1 CANNOT BE SERIOS At his peak following four enterprising runs this campaign and looks nicely placed in this. Worked home strongly for 1.8-length fourth My Paisann with 54kg Caulfield 1400m 3Yr Hcp Good4 July 1 then worked home out wide when 5.85-length seventh Willi Willi 1600m Flemington Good3 on the back-up. Fresh for this and drops in grade.
No2 HETUKA ZARSHO Won first-up 1200m Cranbourne BM64 Soft5 May 19 and not disgraced in three subsequent runs. Solid third Gredington with 60.5kg 1400m Ballarat Soft7 July 13. Can improve.
SCRATCHED No3 KOOLAMA BAY First-up fourth Ville Chanson 1300m Geelong Synthetic Jly 4 then blocked for run in straight when 0.75-length second Barefoot Tycoon 1200m Sale Good4 BM64 with 59.5kg last Thursday. Good chance on the back-up.
No12 PIPED ABOARD Former high-priced yearling who has been brought along slowly with a win and two placings from only five starts. Fitter for first-up second Miss Counterfeit 1200m Ballarat Mares BM64 July 13. Drawn to advantage.
VALUE RUNNER: No12 PIPED ABOARD
No1 BALLYBRIT (BEST ROUGHIE) Hasn't done much in two runs this time in but back to her pet distance now and has won over this circuit. Showed up early when 7.4-length 11th She Brings Hope 1400m Lakeside Mares BM70 July 5. Has won four of seven at 1600m and nearing her peak. Although her best form is on firm tracks she represents good value dropping back to BM64 with 58.5kg.
No5 DUKE OF OZ Improved by three runs since coming from NZ where he won successive 1600m starts at Avondale and Tauranga on Soft7 tracks. Gets conditions to suit here and a win would not surprise.
No16 PRECIOUS JOURNEY Put the writing on the wall when she flew home for three-length second Lovani 1600m Lakeside Mares BM70 July 12. Lovani franked that form by winning last Saturday at Flemington. Will be storming home again.
SCRATCHED No9 NOTIO Runner-up behind Lord Tennyson 1400m BM70 Soft5 here and Spearhead 1400m Ballarat BM64 from four runs this campaign. This is easier than last start seventh Nikitas 1400m Caulfield 3YO July 15. Should be kept under notice.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 BALLYBRIT
No6 ALWARD Was climbing over their backs trying to get a run final 200m when 1.8-length fifth Sea The Sparkle 1400m Lakeside BM70 Soft6 at first Australian start. Is a winner over 2000m and placed up to 2400m in France so the extra distance here looks ideal. Waller’s horses normally go on with the job once they show up.
No5 THE WILLYBE Form has been first-rate in three runs since coming from NZ. Game second to Yogi this trip June 28 then went too hard when plugging fifth Global Gentl 2100m Lakeside Soft5 two weeks later. Better suited this trip.
No8 SACRED THEME Showed plenty of grit to beat Red Spyder 1600m Lakeside BM64 July 5. Fitter for four runs this campaign and capable of repeating the dose here with only 0.5kg more.
No12 SCHOLARLY Facing big step up in grade on 1700m Warrnambool Maiden win Heavy8 June 25 but is on the way up and should be kept safe.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 THE WILLYBE