The wonderful Wizard of Odds pries his eyes of the prize at Sandown Lakeside ahead of the eight-race card.
The best bets are in and it’s time fill those betting accounts with some cash!
Sandown Lakeside Race 1
#5 Mars Mission
Love what Mars Mission did in his most recent jumpout as he forges towards his debut over 1200 metres.
The Michael, John & Wayne Hawkes three-year-old colt by Deep Field was crammed in behind Sirius Suspect in his 800-metre jumpout at Flemington and did a nice job to stick on without being asked to do too much.
His jumpout up the straight looked super sharp as well and he seems to have a fair share of talent that is capable of winning a maiden race of this calibre.
Nice barrier, good jockey and a long straight to wind up his sprint are all ticks in the book.
Looks a nice each-way play to commence the day.
Suggested Bet: Mars Mission each-way at $5 the win and $2 the place.
Sandown Lakeside Race 2
#1 Mi Keri Pi
Mi Keri Pi looks ready to peak into her preparation after three solid runs to get her ready for this 2100-metre affair.
She has been involved in high pressure races throughout her first three runs without having a base of fitness to run up to her best.
She showed sharp improvement at her last start when running second at Moe over 2040 metres on a heavy track after jumping to the lead and nearly holding on for victory.
That run is going to have her perfectly primed for this event and the Lakeside track usually favours those horses who can control the speed and lead.
Tahlia Hope hops in the saddle to take the ride and claims 2kgs in the process.
Another solid each-way bet at a good price.
Suggested Bet: Mi Keri Pi each-way at $13 the win and $3.90 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Trifecta – 1, 8/ 1, 8, 9/ 1, 5, 8, 9
Sandown Hillside Race 6
Perennial returns to the midweek racing after having zero luck at Flemington behind Hosier.
The Peter Moody mare was bolting for a run at the top of straight and never saw daylight until the finish post.
Her run two starts ago over the 2100 metres at Sandown – which she faces here – was a smart one-and-a-half-length victory in BM-70 grade.
She gets a nice weight swing on the favourite Ghodeleine and Craig Williams has been booked again to atone for the luckless ride.
Barrier five looks as though it will be ideal and Williams should be able to find space at the top of straight.
There look to be a handful of horses that will engage in an early speed battle which will string the field out meaning the mare will not have to rely on luck.
Suggested Bet: Perennial each-way at $5 the win and $2 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 4, 11, 12
Sandown Hillside Race 8
#7 Chief Altony
Back in distance and the blinkers go on for Chief Altony when he races at Sandown over 1400 metres.
Trainer Alexander Rae sent this five-year-old gelding to a BM-84 grade race at Caulfield over 1700 metres a month ago, but he just found the going a bit too tough.
Starting a $3 favourite in town shows he has a fair share of ability.
He has since had a trial at Moe over 800 metres to keep his fitness right up to the mark in preparation for his return to the race track after a month off.
Jye McNeil has been summoned to pilot this galloper around Sandown and it might be the recipe for success with McNeil already having one ride on him for a win.
Suggested Bet: Chief Altony each-way $7 the win and $2.5 the place.