The Wizard of Odds is excited for the nine-race card at Sandown Hillside.
The best bets are in ahead of one the most competitive programs he has seen for quite a while.
Sandown Hillside Race 2
#4 Fine Dane
A tricky race, but going with Fine Dane who should improve after a disappointing first-up run.
He strode up impressively on the outside of runners up the Flemington straight but when he was asked for an effort he failed to respond.
Interesting to note that the tongue tie is applied for this race.
Gives the impression that he may have choked down during the resuming the run and this gear change should hopefully alleviate that issue.
Expecting a much improved effort.
Suggested Bet: Fine Dane each-way at $6.5 the win and $2.8 (No Third Dividend)
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 1, 2, 4
Sandown Hillside Race 3
Hezafox looks over the odds in this race.
He started a $5 elect in BM-78 at Cranbourne over 2060 metres on a very heavy track.
The Greg Eurell-trained stayer was beaten by six lengths, but the run was not as bad as it looked to the eye.
He gets up to his pet distance now and can use staying capacity to full effect.
Draws the ideal barrier to settle one off the fence, midfield with cover.
The Eurell stable is absolutely airborne at the moment.
Suggested Bet: Hezafox each-way at $11 the win and $3.5 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Boxed First Four – 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
Sandown Hillside Race 6
Tinandali has the base to run a strong 1800-metre race.
He rocketed home when racing third-up at the mile last start and put the writing on the wall with his last 400 metres of the race to suggest the rise to 1800 metres will be perfect for him.
His only run over this distance came in BM-90 grade on his Australian debut when starting a $3.2 favourite.
He was desperately unlucky that day and that starting price in a higher grade must be respected.
Tuvalu and Worsfold will be hard to get through but it’s hard to back those gallopers at their current prices.
Suggested Bet: Tinandali each-way at $9 the win and $3.3 the place
Sandown Hillside Race 8
Ziavera flashed home at her last start to just miss out on victory.
She raced in BM-64 grade over 1000 metres, settled well back after drawing a wide barrier and sliced her way to the line.
The four-year-old mare is going very well and the keeping her legs fresh with a month off looks a smart tactic to keep the sharp sprint intact.
Barrier four is going to see her settle much closer to the lead and, provided jockey Craig Williams can navigate a clear passage, she will be winning this race.
Suggested Bet: Ziavera win at $2.5
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 3, 5, 10, 14