We shift to the Sandown Lakeside track for the midweek metropolitan meeting in Melbourne with a cracking eight-race card.
The Wizard of Odds has also ventured over to Warwick Farm where he has found a Peter & Paul Snowden-trained sprinter to defeat a well fancied favourite.
Time to line those betting accounts with some winners!
sandown race 1
Has had two Flemington jump outs and was given a fairly quiet time of it in both.
In his first jumpout he springed out of the barriers to settle on the pace, on the inside of runners, looked fairly comfortable and within himself.
The second jumpout he was asked for more of an effort under light riding.
Interesting to note, he did not wear blinkers in either jumpout but he gets the blinkers for the first time at the races today.
His debut run on Cox Plate day, when beaten just over lengths by a smart filly called Sneaky Five, looked far better than what appears on paper.
He was slow into stride from the 1000m start at Moonee Valley and had no hope but had the audacity to keep running on. He would ultimately pick off more than half the field to finish sixth.
Today, he gets the services of Jamie Kah who could ride a broomstick to victory at the moment.
Suggested Bet: Predetermined each-way at $5 the win and $2.40 the place
SANDOWN RACE 4
#10 HOME RULE
This three-year-old gelding from the Maddie Raymond yard won in smart fashion first-up at Warrnambool.
He was quick into stride and pounced on the lead to hold off a potentially very talented filly from the Lindsey Smith operation called Andress.
The only query in this race is her capacity to be as dynamic as she was over 1000m at the 1200m distance.
What is in her favour to run out the distance strongly on Wednesday is the condition of the track.
The return to Sandown Lakeside racing almost always gives the leaders a clear enough advantage to boot clear at the top of the straight and hold off the fast finishers down the outside.
John Allen has also opted to retain the ride and that exuberates confidence in his winning ability on Wednesday.
Suggested Bet: Home Rule win at $3.80
sandown race 5
Yosemite races first-up here after a 137 day spell and has found a nice race to kick off her campaign.
She has drawn barrier four and it looks an ideal spot for her to be able to take the sit just in behind the lead speed and peel out into clear air whenever she needs to.
Jockey William Pike has a good association with this horse having ridden her on all four occasions last preparation.
One of those rides included a win first-up in maiden grade where she chased down the smart Mike Moroney-trained three-year-old Poland. She was drawn wide that day and settled back further than she probably would have had she’d drawn closer to the rails.
We get the each-way price here as well.
Suggested Bet: Yosemite each way at $7.5 the win and $2.5 the place
SANDOWN RACE 8
#2 PRICE RANGE & #7 IMPERIAL LAD
We will start with Price Range who is massive odds to win this and you can understand why given he has never won a race in Australia at six attempts.
The last time he crossed the line first was all the way back in August of 2019, but as is the case, with some horses, they can take a while to acclimatize to conditions in another country.
Last start suggested he is ready to run a bold race at Sandown.
He was unlucky behind a potential Group 1 horse called Regardsmaree whom he finished some six lengths off but was never able to build up his revs at a critical stage of the race. If Zahra can allow him to stride and not be held up behind runners then he can run a cheeky race.
Imperial Lad was brave in defeat last start when being nabbed right on the line by Merchant of Venice at Sandown Hillside. He, too, raced in the Regardsmaree race at Caulfield and started the second favorite in that event.
Today, he gets the favourable set up at the Sandown Lakeside which usually bodes well for free striding leaders and that is the type of horse he is. Teodore Nugent will allow him to skip along out in front from the wide barrier and hopefully pinch a few lengths at the top of the straight and hold on for dear life in the last 100m.
Imperial Lad each way at $6 the win and $2.2 the place
Price Range each way at $31 the win and $7 the place.
#5 COCO CUBER
This Peter & Paul Snowden-trained gelding comes up a $3.5 second favourite after a solid win at the midweek races a fortnight ago.
He hit the line well over 1000m in a tight finish and got his down at the right time to collect the money.
He gets a much better set up here than the current favourite Quiet Riot who is first-up after over a year off.
Hugh Bowman has been booked to take the ride and has drawn a beautiful barrier where he can settle one off the fence and make his run when needed.
With a fitness edge over the favourite, Coco Cuber may very well start much shorter than his current quote.
Suggested Bet: Coco Cuber win at $3.5