Sandown R1 No.8 - SACRED THEME
Think he's been ok this prep but just running into one or two better, reckon his run behind Best Hoffa here two weeks ago over the 1400m would have him go pretty close anyway but with the blinkers on for the first time/sting out he gets conditions to suit even further. No shock to see him roll to the front and be very hard to run down, at his peak from a fitness perspective and can turn this into a genuine-run 1400m. Should suit those handy, too!
Sacred Theme - 1pt @ 4.40
Sandown R2 No.7 - VANTAGGIO
Won with a leg in the air on debut at Cranbourne two weeks ago on the back of a smart trial, settled worse than midfield and considering the early tempo was just even the way he just stormed home over the top, despite a checkered run when looking to improve/had to angle back to the inside, was nothing short of impressive. Can see him only improving off that debut and if anything even further suited by the mile. He's a really nice horse in the making.
Vantaggio - 1pt @ 3.40
Sandown R7 No.11 - SECRET BLEND
At no stage really looked the winner fresh over the 1000m at Ballarat, but managed to find room over the final 100m to absolutely explode late and come home over the top of a well-rated leader. Drops 4kgs for that run/improving type second-up and he's drawn out which later on in the day should suit. At this point of his career he looks a better horse at 1200m too so fancy very hard to beat!
Secret Blend - 1pt @ 4.80
Canterbury R1 No.2 - LOUIE SEA KAY
Gee he was unlucky to have a protest upheld that cost him the race on debut at Kembla Grange over the 1000m three weeks ago, showed a brilliant turn of foot to streak away from them but he was pretty new to it all. Pricked his ears when out on his own and really waited for another horse (inexperience). Better for the day out and further improved to 1100m, gets gun hoop J.McDonald on board and we see race plates on for the first time (good sign!). Will settle towards the rear in the small field and look to be strong late over the top.
Louie Sea Kay - 1pt @ 3.80
Canterbury R3 No.9 - SERENA'S PRIDE
Thought she was good fresh here two weeks ago over the 1200m, worked to lead and set a good tempo mid-race before just finding it a touch too much late. Quinella swooped down the centre of the track while she was hard fence, did only finish 0.6 lengths off them so merit in the run. Takes plenty of improvement from that and with a similar run in transit she'll be very hard to catch.
Serena's Pride - 1pt @ 3.60
Sunshine Coast R4 No.1 - GOLDEN MINESHAFT
She's in very well returning at the set-weights this mare considering she's been competitive with some fairly handy ones in previous campaigns. She does go well fresh and her recent trial at Deagon 26/4 was good when not asked to do a whole lot in what was a smart heat. Can be tractable in running as she has shown an ability to lead/kick and also settle off the speed and chase. Reckon the might ride her quietly looking to finish of, with a cart into the race she'll be strong late!
Golden Mineshaft - 1pt @ 4.40
Balaklava R1 No.12 - SAMBUCA SIREN
She was pretty handy resuming at Gawler a month ago over 1100m when probably a touch unlucky, she was a horse that was good enough to finish within 4 lengths of Miss Gunpowder (G1 class filly) on debut at Morphettville in July last year and I do like that Smart has kept her fresh. Speed looks genuine and she'll be the one swooping down the centre of the track late. She'll measure up in the right race in town this preparation.
Sambuca Siren - 1pt @ 3.50