Racing is again back at Sandown after racing here last Wednesday and last Saturday week.
There is a bumper nine race card for punters with two races for fillies and mares and a two-year-old event.
Looks to be most competitive racing and with the track forecast to be a Good 4 all should be fair.
There is some rain forecast but at this time of year it is anybody’s guess as to whether or how much rain there is in Melbourne. The false rail is extended out to eight metres but it is a spacious track so should not cause too many snarls in traffic.
Skinny Play: 4,8 – 2,5 – 3,9 – 6,9
Wide Play: 4,6,8 – 1,2,5,7 – 3,4,9,12 – 6,9,15,16
No5 LOGAN RIVER is by the current champion sire of two-year-olds and older racehorses Snitzel. He is at short odds of $2.70 at his debut but he did blaze away to a 2.3 length win in an 800m barrier trial at Cranbourne on November 27. He is from a top juvenile stable and keep very safe.
No6 SANCTIMONIOUS is the stablemate to Logan river and gives trainer Tony McEvoy a strong hand of cards in the opening race. Showed he was primed for his debut with a 2.3 length win in an 800m barrier trial at Cranbourne on November 27. From gate three gets a soft passage.
No2 CORONEL has the race experience behind him when he ran 10th over 1000m at Caulfield in October. He was well fancied in the betting that day at $5 and he has trialed well since a close second in an 800m trial at Cranbourne on November 27. Do find that race experience is an advantage.
No1 BRITISH MEDIUM hails from a leading juvenile stable and must have claims on his trial when he ran a good third to The Difference over 800m at Cranbourne on November 14. Gets the ace apprentice Beau Mertens to ride at his debut and would keep very safe from a rails draw.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 CORONEL
No1 ECHO JET is by leading stallion Hinchinbrook and has amassed a brilliant record of two wins from his past three starts. The three-year-old is hunting for a hat-trick here after posting a big win when caught three deep and running away by .75 lengths over 1200m here on November 22. Bound to be a strong force.
No5 HOLY FREEZE opened his winning account in style with a debut victory over 1100m at Hamilton on a bog track on October 6. Then stepped up to city class and ran a credible third to Echo Jet over 1200m here on November 22. He is searching for revenge here and from two should get favours.
No3 MEMORY BANK has been sparkling on the country tracks with two wins and a placing at her three starts. She is chasing a third straight win here after her brilliant victories over 1200m and 1100m at Cranbourne and Seymour in April and November. If she repeats her first-up effort will be right there.
No4 BELLEGANO is resuming from a 25-week spell. She has shown ability on the provincial circuits and she has the unblemished record of one start for one win when she is fresh. Was given two soft trials in the lead up to this race but could not determine much from them. She is from a punting yard.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 BELLEGANO
No1 MRS GARDENIA has been in outstanding form and against her own sex here she looks a smashing chance. The four-year-old was narrowly beaten when second over 1500m here on November 18. That was a Group 3 race and she drops back to lower company here. Carries 57kg with the 3kg claim.
No3 TOFFEE NOSE scored a brilliant win at Caulfield two starts ago. Latest she ran seventh over 1300m at Bendigo on November 13. She was the $3.30 favourite that day and can rebound here with blinkers going on for the very first time. Craig Williams is the new jockey.
No4 HEAVENLY DESCENT will strip back here from a three-week break. Last start ran credible fifth over 1400m at Cranbourne on November 11. She was a big drifter from $3.80 to $6 but battled on okay after being caught three deep for a long way. Would not shrug her off yet.
No2 MILES OF KRISHAN is from one of Victoria’s premier stables and is bound to bounce back off her last start eighth over 1700m at Flemington on November 7. That was Melbourne Cup day with giant fields and back here with winkers on for the first time can sharpen up nicely.
VALUE RUNNER: NO2 MILES OF KRISHAN
No6 VINLAND has an important gear change with the tongue-tie going back on after his lack luster fifth over 1800m here on November 18. He was backed from $11 into $9 that day but only ran steadily to the line. He spreadeagled his opposition at his maiden win at Bendigo two starts ago. May run amuck.
No1 STORM HARBOUR is a nice colt from the premier yard of Darren Weir. He is on the hunt for a hat-trick following imposing wins over 1411m and 1620m at Seymour and Donald at his past two starts last month. He will command plenty of respect here from gate four.
No5 ATONE made a super debut when thrashing his rivals by over 2 lengths in a 1500m maiden at Mornington on November 15. He has not drawn so well here forced to jump from 11, but he does have the experienced Ryan Maloney to steer. Would suggest to watch the betting.
No7 CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE had to dig very deep to claw his way to a narrow win over 1600m at Bendigo on November 14. Darren Weir’s leading rider John Allen rides here on 57.5kg, which is a half-kilo less than he carried last time. Has proven a most reliable vehicle.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
No13 SILENT GENERAL has won and been placed second at two of three starts. Broke through for a stylish 2.25 length win in a maiden over 1400m at Echuca on November 20. He goes up a half-kilo to 57.5kg but leading stable jockey John Allen keeps the ride on the Darren Weir-trained three-year-old.
No6 ATLANTIC EXPRESS has been freshened with an 18-week spell. Has shown ability and was not too far away when running fifth over 1600m at Flemington at his last start in July. With apprentice Taylor Marshall’s 2kg claim he will carry 57kg and looms as a handy chance in a moderate field.
No11 TELL THE TRUTH was a major winner at Pakenham on the synthetic earlier this campaign. Latest was at $3.70 before finishing strongly to run a close second in a three-way finish over 1200m at Sale on November 15. That was a tidy effort and with Boris Thornton’s 3kg claim will carry 55.5kg.
No12 RIVER GODDESS has ability and thrashed her opposition at Ballarat three starts ago. Latest effort she ran a fair seventh over 1600m against her own sex here on July 19. She is back from a nice break and she has a fair first-up record. May catch them off guard.
VALUE RUNNER: No12 RIVER GODDESS
No8 SPRIGHTLY LASS (BEST BET) looks a very strong chance here on her dominant win over 1000m at Moonee Valley on November 17. The four-year-old was tight at $3.70 that time. She also won impressively at Gosford over 1000m in NSW before coming here. Ace jockey Dwayne Dunn rides for Team Hawkes and she jumps from gate three. She drops 3.5kg to 54.5kg as well.
No6 MISS WONDERLAND has been given two practice trials in preparation for debuting here for her new trainer David Brideoake.
No4 MYSTIFIED she was a beaten favourite at Morphettville last start but is capable of rebounding here.
No5 ESSENCE OF TERROR drops nicely in weight and does like this track. Command respect here.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 ESSENCE OF TERROR
No2 GUN CASE loves this track with a record of four starts for two wins a second and a third. Last start he ran a solid third over 1000m here in a listed race on November 18. He gets apprentice Ethan Brown to ride today and his 3kg claim drops his impost down to a comfortable 57kg. Good chance.
No5 LADY ESPRIT has been a model of consistency finishing inside the placings at three of her past five starts. Latest she showed grit to run second in a Listed race over 1000m here on November 18. She carries the same weight today on 54kg and top jockey Regan Bayliss will stay put. Can be there.
No1 JUNGLE EDGE loves the sting out of the ground and bounced back in fine style when scoring a big win over 1300m in a Group 3 here on November 18. He struck a Soft 5 and with rain forecast it could suit him again. The 3kg claim helps to lighten his big burden a shade on 59kg.
No7 INVINCIBLE AL was most impressive first-up when fighting hard to the line to win narrowly over 955m dash at Moonee Valley on November 17. Has proven a talented performer on his day and likes to have the pace hot up front. He gets a kilo drop in weight down to 54kg here.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 INVINCIBLE AL
No9 NIGHT’S WATCH (NEXT BEST BET) posted a brilliant win over 1400m at Ballarat before coming to the city and finishing a strong second to Another Coldie in the Country Cup (1600m) at Flemington on November 9. With leading apprentice Ben Allen’s 1.5kg claim will carry only 52.5kg and looks a very strong bet today. That is a massive drop of seven kilos on the Cup.
No4 TARQUIN (BEST ROUGHIE) is likely to race on the speed and is back in distance on last start.
No12 GUIZOT drops 2.5kg to 54kg here and chased hard to win last start at Pakenham.
No1 COLDSTONE won over 1600m at Caulfield last campaign. Has been steady this preparation and respect.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 TARQUIN
No6 MILWAUKEE scored a great win first up at Sale before coming to the city and running a solid third to the talented Adelaide sprinter over 1400m at Flemington on November 7. With Jordan Grob’s 3kg claim will have his weight reduced to a comfortable 57kg. Has a big chance.
No4 ATLANTIC CITY is a well-bred five-year-old who gave a solid performance when running fourth to Dollar For Dollar over 1400m at Flemington on November 7. With Taylor Marshall’s 2kg claim he will drop down in weight to 58kg. Looks an each-way chance.
No9 DATA POINT has been freshened up with a 14-week break. Proven a reliable sort and with Ethan Brown’s 3kg claim will have his weight down to 55.5kg. The five-year-old has drawn perfectly in gate three to bounce back into the frame today.
No16 SADDLE THE SUN has yet to have careered stained at three starts. Was at $5.00 when swooped home for a narrow win over 1300m at Bendigo on November 1. Given a four-week break after that and returns to the track here. From the top stable of Team Hayes and has Regan Bayliss on.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 ATLANTIC CITY