Metro racing for this Saturday is at the Sandown (Lakeside) course and there are nine excellent races to have a punt on. We have identified a few shorties who we think are good things on the card and one of those is even a potential star in the making! We haven’t just tipped you the favourites – there appears to be some nice overs on the program too.
Sandown (Lakeside) is a Soft 5 with the rail out 2m the entire circuit.
QUADDIE PICKS ( 6-7-8-9):
1 – 9 – 1,4,7,8 – 1,2,4
Very open race now that the toppy is scratched. Taking a risk with GANGIKA to make it back-to-back wins after an impressive debut at Ballarat. The daughter of Sepoy sat three-wide the trip over 1000m but had plenty in the tank as she won by two lengths. The extra distance shouldn’t be a concern and the form out of the race may stack up with the runner-up Holy Blade making good ground from the rear.
1st: No10 GANGIKA 2nd: No6 Prince Of Caviar; 3rd: No5 Holy Blade; 4th: No7 Scipio
HIGHLAND BEAT ran seventh to the smart Inn Keeper last start but was wide and at the rear of the field. Essentially, it was near impossible for him to win but he still performed okay. Gets to drop back in class today and with Fred Kersley’s 2kg claim is worth following. He has won at Sandown previously and that is always an advantage.
1st: No9 HIGHLAND BEAT 2nd: No2 Artie Dee Two; 3rd: No14 Overstep; 4th: No1 Princeton Spirit
We are willing to give NOUMEA another go in this. The Godolphin gelding didn’t run on after racing in a rearward position throughout last time against Our Peaky Blinders despite having good support. Maybe he didn’t appreciate racing five and six-wide off the rail? Drawn barrier three this time around, Regan Bayliss should position him closer to the speed and the rail and that could make all the difference. Jumps up 400m from his last outing but has a great record at the distance from his three attempts at it.
1st: No11 NOUMEA 2nd: No8 Lycurgus; 3rd: No5 My Psychiatrist; 4th: No7 Shakopee
Going for some value in this race with ZATAGLIO some chance to knock off the favourite Gold Medals. Forget he went around in the Brierly before running fifth to Euroman on the flat. Last time out carried a whopping 72.5kgs to win at Casterton. Gets 65.5kgs here, has a decent record at the track and distance and is out of the astute Eric Musgrove stable. Soft track won’t hurt his chances either.
1st: No2 ZATAGLIO 2nd: No1 Gold Medals; 3rd: No6 The Dominator; 4th: No4 Valediction
We are making SELF SENSE (BEST BET) our standout pick on the card. The gelding has been absolutely flying and won his only start over the jumps by a whopping 10 lengths. Epsom Hill was second that day and has run a couple of good races since. Self Sense then won a feature at Caulfield the start after he won his jumping debut before finishing a good second to Life Less Ordinary in the Wagga Cup. Should win.
1st: No7 SELF SENSE 2nd: No1 Ancient King; 3rd: No2 Two Hats; 4th: No4 Honey Steel’s Gold
SILVERA is a second-up specialist and appears to get a few favours in this race. Currently around the $9 mark with most bookies, the High Chaparral gelding made up steady ground after racing in the second half of the field first-up in the race won by Jaws Of Steel. He meets that galloper again here but with the benefit of that run under his belt, and the fact he has two wins from three starts second-up, he is worth an eachway ticket. Barrier one should hopefully see Luke Currie settle him closer to the speed.
1st: SCRATCHED - No6 SILVERA 2nd: No11 Jamaican Rain; 3rd: No9 Jaws Of Steel; 4th: No5 SCRATCHED - King River
HONEY ESPRIT (NEXT BEST) is low flying at the moment and she is definitely the one to beat in this. Ran second to a potential topliner in Platinum Angel last time out but before that was a dominant victory during the Warrnambool carnival. Appreciates the soft conditions and the distance won’t be a concern.
1st: No4 HONEY ESPRIT 2nd: No7 Truly Discreet; 3rd: No8 Smooth Landing; 4th: No1 Palazzo Vecchio
One of the shortest priced runners on the card is FIFTY STARS but it was hard not to be impressed with what we saw at his latest outing. Another member of the Darren Weir yard, Fifty Stars led throughout at Sandown on the Hillside circuit and cruised to a 1.5 length win with something in hand over this same distance. Has to lump 69kgs and jumps to metro class, however, should be up on the speed once again and is the one they have to run down. Is unbeaten and we are tipping he will be four from four after this.
1st: No1 FIFTY STARS 2nd: No4 Wassergeist; 3rd: No2 Lord Sundowner; 4th: SCRATCHED - No8 Villa Sarchi
LUCKY FOR ALL looks a top horse in the making and although he has to carry a fair bit of weight here, he is still our on top selection. The Darren Weir-trained runner was simply sensational last start over 2000m at Caulfield, knocking off his more fancied stablemate Furrion. He is lumped with 58kgs here but appears to be the class runner and although is pretty short in most markets, looks a standout bet.
1st: No1 LUCKY FOR ALL 2nd: No12 Mr Monaco; 3rd: No7 Johnny Vinko; 4th: No6 Renegade