Mid-week racing heads to Sandown this Wednesday afternoon! With eight competitive races on the card, can anyone stop the Maher and Eustace camp, who are currently training winners for fun?
Sandown Race 5
#2 Seeking Glory
Seeking Glory is racing in great spirit. The Jimmy Creed mare was an impressive last-start winner at Pakenham, and she meets similar opposition here. The 2kg apprentice claim brings her into all winning conversations, and she will eat up every inch of the 1400m. The Maher and Eustace polish must be respected, and she has been well supported in early betting. Barrier eleven is the primary concern.
Galgani looks well placed, dropping back significantly in grade. The Toronado mare was good at Flemington at her latest outing, and she looks poised to strike jumping from barrier four. The step out in distance is perfect at this stage of her preparation, and the 3kg apprentice claim could prove the winning difference. She needs to put another win on the board!
Passione can run a drum at a decent price! The Proisir mare is racing consistently without winning, and she gets her opportunity to break through in a very winnable Benchmark 70. Brad Rawiller can take the box seat from an inside barrier, and if the gaps appear at the right time, she can figure.
Suggested Bet: Seeking Glory @ $8.50
Sandown RACE 6
#3 Ice Pick Nick
Sandown Race 7
#2 El Rocko
El Rocko is better than his current form reads. The Fastnet Rock promised plenty early doors; however, he has become expensive to follow for loyal supporters. Barrier three will help his case, and the drop back to 1500m is advantageous. His best form would win this event in a canter, and he looks well-placed meeting easier opposition. He needs to recapture his mojo!
Vasmee is ready to fire second-up from a spell. His fresh run over 1300m was good without threatening, and the step out in distance is perfect at this stage of his campaign. He is a winner second-up previously, and he should get the run of the race from the perfect inside draw. He is due for a change of luck!
Chatelaine is too consistent to dismiss. The Tavistock mare won second-up at Geelong, and if she handles the soft conditions on Wednesday, she can trouble the scorer again. A recent barrier trial should have the rising eight-year-old cherry ripe. The rise in class is her biggest obstacle.
Suggested Bet: El Rocko @ $7.00
Sandown Race 8
#4 The Cunning Fox
The Cunning Fox can bounce back after a disappointing first-up run at Ballarat. The Reliable Man gelding traditionally races well second-up, and he should get every chance to threaten from the perfect inside barrier. After a recent barrier trial win, I expect the Patrick Payne trained four-year-old to be up and about, and the 1800m looks ideal at this stage of his preparation. Over the odds!
King Couver was a strong winner two starts back before catching the eye of punters at this latest outing. The Vancouver gelding will thrive in the soft track conditions, and I expect him to roll forward and make his own luck from an inside draw. If he can find pole position uncontested, he may prove hard to run down. The Dean Yendall factor will attract further market support.
Aesop is ready to produce a peak performance. The Make Believe gelding has been ok in stronger races this campaign, and if he can overcome the carpark draw, I expect him to figure in the finish. His winning record is the biggest deterrent.
Suggested Bet: The Cunning Fox @ $12.00