Mid-week racing returns to Sandown this Wednesday. With eight fantastic events on the card, can anyone stop the inform Peter Moody stable? His training resurgence is remarkable, and the former King is edging closer to regaining his throne!
Sandown Race 5
#4 The Swooper
The Swooper was a brilliant winner last start at Moonee Valley. He can peak here third-up from a spell and looks ideally drawn in barrier three. His record at the distance must be respected, and he seems to have plenty of improvement to come this preparation. The Divine Prophet gelding has the potential to go through his grades in the coming months.
La Rocque will attract support after an eye-catching barrier trial leading into this event. The Kuroshio mare usually races well fresh, and 1200m is her pet distance. The significant drop in grade is advantageous, and the appointment of Jamie Mott could prove a masterstroke.
Lloyd’s Crown looks poised to strike from an inside draw. The Rebel Dane gelding doesn’t win out of turn. However, he gets his chance to break through on Wednesday. He is better than Benchmark 64 company, and with even luck, I expect him to figure in the finish.
Suggested Bet: The Swooper @ $3.70
Sandown RACE 6
Awol savaged the line last start at Ballarat. The Ciaron Maher-trained gelding looks to have potential, and he should get the run of the race from barrier three. The 1500m looks ideal for this stage of his preparation, and I expect him to make his presence felt late. John Allen has a winning association with the son of Sweynesse.
The consistent Boss Queen can run well here on the quick backup. She hit the line nicely at the track last start and looks well placed, dropping back in grade. From an inside barrier, I expect her to be there when the whips are cracking.
Jack Knows Best is the interesting runner. His New Zealand form reads well for this event, and the 3kg apprentice claim is advantageous. However, 1500m is well short of his best distance, and he may need several runs before he produces a peak performance.
Sandown Race 7
Edith can figure despite being drawn off the track. The Written Tycoon mare flew from the clouds last start to claim victory, and she strips fitter here. The 2100m looks ideal for this stage of her preparation, and she seems well-placed in this grade. The Peter Moody and Luke Nolen combination must be respected.
Duhlata is flying. The four-year-old Helmet gelding is building an impressive career record, and he deserves his shot at this grade. Barrier two is advantageous, and he will appreciate the longer trip. He is racing in great spirit and must be included in all winning conversations.
Max Mercury can run well here despite drawing awkwardly. He was brilliant late at Bendigo, and I expect him to storm home on Wednesday. He always needs luck in running with his style of racing.
Suggested Bet: Edith @ $3.00
Sandown Race 8
#1 Shove Over
Shove Over can continue on his winning ways. He won well at the track and distance last start, and the 3kg apprentice claim could prove a winning move. The Nicconi gelding is having a career-defining preparation, and I expect him to figure in some serious races moving forward.
Flash Flood will attract market support after a dominant first-up win. The Night Of Thunder gelding has won second-up previously, and he is ideally drawn in barrier one. He is building an impressive career record and deserves his chance to race at this level. The record at the distance is the primary concern.
Field Of Roses can bounce back here after a plain first-up run. He races consistently at the distance, and the appointment of Craig Newitt could prove significant. With even luck, I expect the Deep Field gelding to figure inside the final furlong.
Suggested Bet: Shove Over @ $4.20