Nice and neat eight race card to be run at Sandown today and with the weather forecast to be clearing and sunny the track should dry out.
Lost the Kilmore Cup meeting because of the rain and the track is predicted to be a Soft 5 for the start of this fixture. Competitive racing with two mares races on the card. Interesting day and watch for betting moves.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 7,12 – 9,13 – 3,6 – 1,7
Wide Play: 7,10,12 – 6,9,13 – 1,3,6,8 – 1,7,9,10
BEST BET: R4 – 3. SHAUQUIN
Next Best Bet: R6 – 9. RED CHOUX’S
Best Roughie: R6 – 6. BEACH LIFE
No16 BERKSHIRE LADY this is a big field to contest this maiden over 1800m and many chances. This three-year-old filly has shown stealth at her recent starts being placed over 1606m three starts ago. Down from Group 2 level to this class last start.
No9 WHISTLER BOWL is going to take a heap of benefit from debut effort when showed good speed before fading to finish second over 1400m maiden at Sale on November 15. Rises in distance here second-up and is one of the main hopes.
No12 TRENT is a three-year-old gelding who has been most consistent and on last-start second over 1400m maiden here last Wednesday is a good chance in spite of the seven-day back up. He is ready for the step up in distance now.
No8 SKIFIELD looks ready to take on the opposition here on his final start third over 1550m maiden at Canterbury on November 17. Hails from the camp of Chris Waller and has the speed to be prominent throughout. Appears a serious player.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 SKIFIELD
No3 SHE’S POPULAR has the lugging bit coming off and a tongue-tie going on. Drops significantly in class on her 11th in a Group 3 over 1100m at Flemington on November 9. Perth apprentice Fred Kersley’s claim drops her weight to 56.5kg.
No9 PURRHAPS broke her maiden status at her eighth start with a sweeping win over 1300m fillies maiden at Bendigo on November 14. She was a warm $3.20 favourite that day and with the experienced Linda Meech to ride again respect.
No6 BLACK AND TAN broke her maiden status over 1200m two starts ago before being raised in class to run a solid fifth in a listed 1400m here on November 18. She drops back in class today and drawn seven can give a hearty showing.
No8 ZOEY LASS broke the ice with a smart win against her own sex in a maiden over 1500m at Cranbourne on November 15. With leading apprentice Ben Allen’s 1.5kg claim drops to 57kg and looks nicely weighted.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 ZOEY LASS
No1 OUR LUCA with apprentice Shane Thornton’s 3kg claim will carry 58.5kg. He was a clean cut winner over 1000m at Mornington on November 13. Was backed into a $1.90 favourite but will be at more liberal odds here. Serious contender.
No10 BUGARI is a three-year-old who has won and been placed once at his three starts. Can vindicate his form here from a great barrier in four and with top jockey Ben Melham to partner at his third start back from a spell.
No9 SANDHURST DELIGHT finished midfield last start when sixth over 1400m at Bendigo on November 14. He has been placed at three of his past five starts and will be lurching about the prize money again. Each-way.
No2 RESET ME I’M WILD with the 3kg claim of apprentice Ethan Brown drops to a comfortable 58kg and looks a good chance on his two wins from three starts. He is first up from an 18-week spell and has an unblemished record when fresh with one start for one win.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 RESET ME I’M WILD
No3 SHAUQUIN (BEST BET) looks ready for a showdown here on his last start donkey licking 1.5 length win over 1300m at Seymour on November 16. He was heavily backed into a red hot $1.75 favourite. He drops a kilo to 60.5kg and Jamie Winks keeps the ride. With the sting out of the track today can ratify the win by repeating the dose.
No12 RANSOM MONEY has finished in the placing at three of past five starts and poses opposition.
No6 DOMESTICATED is a stayer back from a long spell. Can sprint well fresh.
No9 ASSERTIVE STAR with the 3kg claim of Perth apprentice Fred Kersley carries 56.5kg. Big help.
VALUE RUNNER: No12 RANSOM MONEY
No12 PRIA ECLIPSE up against her own sex here and looks a perky chance on her last-start second over 1500m last Wednesday. She is fit as a fiddle and with Craig Williams staying on top and again on 55kg from gate four will be right in the mix.
No7 I’M A PRINCESS was a most impressive winner at Balaklava this campaign. Last start she ran a solid sixth over 1700m at Flemington on November 9. That was during the Melbourne Cup carnival and drops back to her own sex today.
No8 WINKELMANN has been finishing inside the money at her past two starts. She ran a good third over 1700m at Flemington on November 9 at her last run. That was in tougher company and with Ben Melham riding looks onerous.
No10 MOSCOW RED has won once and been placed second twice at her four starts. Was outgunned by the winner when second over 1400m at Ararat on November 12. Can bounce back here with the 1.5kg claim reducing her weight to 55kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 MOSCOW RED
No9 RED CHOUX’S (NEXT BEST BET) can give rivals another lashing here after tearing away to a 1.25 length win over 1600m at Ararat on November 14. He drops a kilo to 58kg and stable rider John Allen retains the ride. He should get a clear run from gate four and would expect strong backing in this line up. He has won twice and been placed second four times at only seven starts. Has the Darren Weir polish too.
No13 SO SPLENDID found the winner too strong but run a capable second over 1700m at Flemington last start on November 7. Loves this distance with an unblemished record.
No6 BEACH LIFE (TOP ROUGHIE) was a smart winner on a soft track at Geelong four starts ago and has the firepower to be in the finish.
No2 TUCANO is at long odds but with the right run won’t disgrace himself. Worth looking at longer odds.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 TUCANO
No6 SANG CHOI BAO has the distinguished record of one start for one win over this trip. Returns to this track with a good second over 1200m at Pakenham on November 16. Top jockey Brad Rawiller rides on 59kg and is a good chance.
No8 CALL ME HANDSOME is a former Hong Kong galloper making his Australian debut. He won over 1000m at Shatin at his debut and then ran second over 1200m at his next start. He is in a popular stable and has shown ability.
No1 ANGRY GEE has been primed for his return with two good barrier trials. Latest he showed speed to post a narrow win over 800m at Cranbourne on November 14. He is something of a first-up specialist. Good chance.
No3 MANOLO BLAHNIQ looks ready for his return with two solid barrier trials under his belt. Latest he finished second over 800m to Angry Gee at Cranbourne on November 14. His first-up record is fair and from barrier one is worth thought.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 MANOLO BLAHNIQ
No1 LIFE ON THE WIRE faces a deep field of fillies and mare but with two straight wins under her belt back home at Tasmania must rank highly. Latest she slammed her rivals by 2.5 lengths over 1200m on November 1 at Launceston.
No7 NINA’S BALLERINA showed plenty of courage to claw to a good last few strides win over 1200m at Seymour on November 16. She was backed into a $1.75 favourite that time and from barrier seven and with 58kg will be well fancied.
No6 HECTOPASCAL is bound to be on the speed and finished a good third over 1400m at Geelong last start on November 11. She loves this track with two starts for a win and a third and will be competitive from 10.
No12 FROMPARIS WITHLOVE never surrendered and kept on plugging away when finishing third over 1200m at Sale on November 12. She drops a kilo to 56kg and gets a new rider with Stephen Baster at the helm.
VALUE RUNNER: No12 FROMPARIS WITHLOVE