Twilight racing returns to Sandown after a few weeks away with the Wednesday mid-weeks held at Caulfield and in the country.
The track should be fresh with a nice break. The false rail is at the True Position and the track is rated perfect as a Good 4.
This is no easy meeting with punters forced to work to find winners. The fields are deep with plenty of good form coming out of the country. It will be interesting to see how it transfers to the city.
The weather should be picture perfect with a high of 22C after an overnight low of 12C. No rain is forecast.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 1,7 – 5 – 11,13 – 3
Wide Play: 1,2,7,10 – 2,3,5 – 11,13,15 – 2,3,8,10
BEST BET: R8 – 3. SEVEN YEAR REWARD
Next Best Bet: R6 – 5. CALIBRATION
Best Roughie: R4 – 4. TIME FOR TEA
No4 HEPTAGON was a brilliant winner over 1200m at this track two starts ago before finishing a strong third over 1400m at Ballarat on February 25. With the 3kg claim will carry only 56kg.
No1 KAZIO with apprentice Raquel Clark’s 2kg claim will carry 57.5kg. That is the same weight he carried to win smartly over 1490m at Sale on February 20. He loves this trip and is drawn well in gate seven.
No2 LORD SMEDLEY returns to the city on a high with a great win over 1406m at Benalla on February 23. Patrick Payne gave him a trial over 990m at Cranbourne where he did nothing. Perth apprentice Randy Tan rides at 58kg.
No6 CRYSTAL PISTOL had to dig very deep to win in a clutching finish over 1200m at Ballarat on March 7. The five-year-old is on a quick back up but with Chris Caserta’s 2kg claim carries 56kg – which is 3kg less than last start.
VALUE RUNNER: No46 CRYSTAL PISTOL
No2 OUR YANGTZE is from the leading stable of Darren Weir and was given a trial over 2400m where ran sixth at Cranbourne on March 9. Was an outstanding winner over 3000m at Moonee Valley on February 23.
No3 CHOYSA showed plenty of stamina fresh when raced away to a comfortable 2.75 length win over 2500m at Pakenham on March 8. He plummets 6kg to the bottom on 54.5kg here and must regard.
No7 BENALL was caught deep when finishing a sound seventh to Our Yangtze over 3000m at Moonee Valley on February 23. Has two solid placings over the distances at Pakenham and Cranbourne and drops a kilo to 54kg.
No4 DANE HUSSLER was held up at a pivotal stage before finishing a solid fourth over 2040m at Moonee Valley on February 23. Fred Kersley’s 2kg claim drops her weight to a mere 52kg and the Team Hayes stable is on fire.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 DANE HUSSLER
No10 BLAZERS apprentice Fred Kersley gets the hot seat again after guiding the gelding to an emphatic 3 length win over 1600m at Ballarat on February 25. He carries 567.5kg today – which is 2 kg more than last start.
No2 ROYAL ORDER scored successive wins at Ballarat and Flemington before finishing fifth and eighth over 2000m at Caulfield at his last two starts before a spell. With Ethan Brown’s 2kg claim will carry 59.5kg and would respect.
No11 BIT OF A LAD had a trial over 2400m at Cranbourne on March 9, where he ran last of five. That was a hurdle trial trainer Darren Weir used to smarten up this galloper following his sixth to Blazers over 1600m on February 25.
No5 ALL HARD WOOD has yet to do anything wrong at two starts scoring a brilliant debut win over 1400m on January 21 before running a luckless fourth over 1600m at Bendigo on February 28. Damien Oliver stays on top.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 ALL HARD WOOD
No15 BEHAVE was a marvelous winner over 1209m in a maiden at Yarra Valley on February. That was her second start from a spell and she showed much improvement. Ethan Brown’s 2kg claim again drops here weight to 56.5kg.
No4 TIME FOR TEA (BEST ROUGHIE) made a tremendous start to her career when kicking off with a brilliant win over 1100m in a maiden at Ararat on February 8. Trainer Darren Weir has booked Dean Yendall to keep the ride.
No1 KARDASHING gets a critical gear change with the winkers coming off and the blinkers going on. Ran into a hot field first-up when finishing a sound 12th in the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy (1200m) at Moonee Valley on February 23.
No16 MISS VIXEN underlined she was close to a break-through win with her strong second over 1113m at Sale on February 27. Gets Beau Mertens to ride today on 58.5kg in an open field of fillies.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 TIME FOR TEA
No7 THINK BLEUE has been going along marvelously collecting great wins at Ballarat and Caulfield over 1400m and 1600m respectively at her past two starts. Ethan Brown’s 2kg claim drops here weight to 55.5kg.
No1 BARBEQUE has been in the money four times at six starts. Last start tried to thread a passage through the field when running a good sixth over 1400m at Flemington on March 3. This is down a grade.
No2 REFLECTIVITY broke his maiden in style at Kembla Grange before coming to Victoria where he won again over 1500m at Moonee Valley on February 23. Ace rider Dwayne Dunn stays on board.
No10 LEICESTER gives trainer Darren Weir a strong hand with stablemate Think Bleue. Was a convincing winner over 1400m at Terang on January 31 before finishing a strong third over 1500m at Moonee Valley on February 23.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 BARBEQUE
No5 CALIBRATION (NEXT BEST BET) made a rock solid debut in Australia with a steady third over 1400m at Pakenham on February 15. Trainer Darren Weir does very well with the Northern Hemisphere imports. Kings Will Dream won at his fourth straight time at Flemington last Saturday. Mark Zahra riding is a key to this bloke being switched right on here.
No9 DIAPASON was well backed against her own sex at Caulfield where she ran a steady fourth. Each-way.
No10 NO COMMITMENT has been most reliable without winning being placed at four of his past five starts.
No3 APPROVED ANGER is the stablemate to Calibration. Racing well and is a good back up chance.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 NO COMMITMENT
No11 OSCIETRA has won at two of her four starts. She resumed from a long spell with a classy win over 1000m at Ballarat on February 25. She was well backed into a $3.60 favourite that day. Strong chance.
No13 EAT DESSERT FIRST is having her first start for new trainer Mick Price. She goes very well fresh with three starts for a win and two placings. She has drawn perfectly in gate three and has the effervescent Craig Williams to guide.
No4 IF NOT NOW WHEN gets an important gear change with the blinkers going on. Finished most strongly to capture fourth over 1100m at Ballarat on February 11. Ethan Brown’s 2kg claim drops her weight to 57kg.
No15 KIRK ELLA won her maiden well in the country four starts ago and she has continued to be consistent without winning. She is fresh from a 28-week spell and usually puts her best foot forward first-up.
VALUE RUNNER: No15 KIRK ELLA
No3 SEVEN YEAR REWARD (BEST BET) has been an absolute model of consistency and has a perfect record fresh of one start for one win. He is resuming from a 14-week spell and he did show he was sharp with a smart trial win over 800m at Cranbourne on March 5. Trainer Greg Eurell has booked the inform Nikita Beriman to ride on 60.5kg.
No10 HOLY BLADE won at Sandown two starts ago and has been inside the money at his past three starts.
No8 VAINSTREAM is a son of Bel Esprit who has won impressively at his two starts. Respect.
No2 PRINCETON SPIRIT has a perfect record of three starts for three wins. Resuming here and with Stephanie Thornton’s 2kg claim carries 58.5kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 PRINCETON SPIRIT