MID-WEEK metropolitan racing at our regular Wednesday course – Sandown – this week and we have a very nice program with eight races:
$35,000 2YO FILLIES PLATE. 1200-metres.
SELECTIONS: 1 ALL TOO HANDY; 2 Gheedaa; 7 Tatiara; 4 Hikaya.
BEST ROUGHIE: 5 MELVEEN.
SUGGESTED BET: ALL TOO HANDY to win.
ALL TOO HANDY has raced twice, 3rd on debut at Ballarat before strong 3rd Viennese Star, MV at last start. Hard to beat on that. GHEEDAA Hinchinbrook filly trained by Team Hayes, on debut chased smart filly Al Naifa when 2nd Sale. The danger. TATIARA well-bred Snitzel filly, ran last in Blue Diamond Preview on debut, since brilliant 4-length trial winner Cranbourne. Might be worth watching here.
$27,000 MAIDEN PLATE. 1300-metres.
SELECTIONS: 3 HEAVENLY THOUGHT; 7 Whoomph; 1 Jacky Paper 4 Ocean Class.
BEST ROUGHIE: 6 THUNDERZONE.
SUGGESTED BET: Box Trifecta: 1 – 3 – 4 – 6 – 7.
HEAVENLY THOUGHT resuming, showed very good ability in three runs last year, by So You Think will keep on improving. Run well. WHOOMPH ran 5th Royal Symphony, Flemington, break into first-up 3rd Pakenham maiden. Fitter, chance. JACKY PAPER and OCEAN CLASS both have some chance in this very even affair.
$40,000 BENCHMARK 78 HANDICAP. 2100-metres.
SELECTIONS: 1 ETAH JAMES; 2 Ashlee Marie; 4 Young Hostess; 10 Miss Danni.
BEST ROUGHIE: 6 AURORA MISS.
SUGGESTED BET: ETAH JAMES to win.
STORMY SHORE last three runs in the city very good, ran 2nd One For Later, Flemington, then closed late 4th So Splendid, Sandown 1800m last time. This ideal now. ETAH JAMES has been flying, now won 5 of 8, last start 2nd in the Listed Bagot Handicap, Flemington New Year’s Day. Claim gives her every chance here. ASHLEE MARIE was very good effort 4th Morphettville in SA before returned home, solid 2nd Ceylon, Pakenham last start. Chance.
$35,000 BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP. 1600-metres.
SELECTIONS: 6 ISLE OF CAPRI; 4 Hermanito; 1 Aurum Spirit; 5 Macattack.
BEST ROUGHIE: 2 SPALDING COVE.
SUGGESTED BET: Box Quinella/Trifecta: 1 – 2 – 4 – 5 – 6.
ISLE OF CAPRI won a Newcastle maiden before 3rd Classic Diva, Caulfield. Easy in betting accordingly here last time. Now gate 1 in weaker race and will be fitter. Chance. HERMANITO strong 3effort to win a maiden here last time. Sure to come on from that and can win again. AURUM SPIRIT has found form, 2nnd 2nd Sohool, Flemington, before 3rd Krusty, Sandown last time. Respect.
$40,000 SUMMER CHALLANGE HEAT 3. 1400-metres.
SELECTIONS: 6 EPIC MOMENT; 3 King’s Command; 9 Salsamor; 4 Smart As You Think.
BEST ROUGHIE: 7 BON ROCKET.
SUGGESTED BET: EPIC MOMENT to win.
EPIC MOMENT was on-pace throughout when close 6th Caulfield, then led last time, run down late 2nd Runson. Hard to beat here. KING’S COMMAND suited this trip, very fit now, 3rd Malaise, Flemington before 4th Manolo Blahniq. Form says yes! SALSAMOR promising stayer resuming, has fabulous 3YO form from last Spring. Go close if ready.
$40,000 BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP. 1200-metres.
SELECTIONS: 6 SPIRIT OF AQUADA; 5 Sir Kalahad; 4 Haunted, 1 Fully Maxed.
BEST ROUGHIE: 5 SIR KALAHAD.
SUGGESTED BET: SPIRIT OF AQUADA each-way.
SPIRIT OF AQUADA was on-pace when 2nd Twilight Song, Caulfield, before odds-on fav when 4-length winner Pakenham maiden. Go close again. SIR KALAHAD was very wayward when leading throughout on debut winning Sale maiden. Since won a trial impressively at Cranbourne. Respect. HAUNTED Godolphin runner, one start for easy win Kilmore maiden. Sure to run well again.
$35,000 BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP. 1400-metres.
SELECTIONS: 12 OUR CHIQUILLA: 9 Montaser; 7 Indernile; 11 Castleton.
BEST ROUGHIE: 2 BALLINACLASH.
SUGGESTED BET: OUR CHIQUILLA to win.
OUR CHIQUILLA is ready to win, charged home 2nd Freehearted here two runs back before similar tale here last time 2nd Weapon. Looks the hardest to beat. MONTASER won Mornington maiden on debut in November before 2nd Caulfield then last start 3rd Mr Money bags, Flemington. Go close. INDERNILE was impressive winning Ballarat maiden before 2nd in Ballarat Class 1. Go very well again, progressive galloper.
$35,000 BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP. 1200-metres.
SELECTIONS: 3 TROJAN STORM: 5 Heptagon; 14 Scoliaro; 11 Patient.
BEST ROUGHIE: 1 TONTERIA.
SUGGESTED BET: TROJAN STORM to win.
TROJAN STORM is lightly-raced, good winner in a 64 at Ballarat before eye-catching 3rd Knight Commander, MV last time. Go close. HEPTAGON first-up 3rd Ballarat was solid before 3rd same venue again last start. Fitter now and ready for this. SCOLIARO ran close 4th King Of The Ark here two runs back before last start closing 5th Holy Blade same venue. This suits, has an each-way chance. PATIENT led throughout 4-length winner in a 58 last time. Respect.