Overcast but fine weather is expected for what is a bumper card at Sandown today!
The national spotlight falls on the re-opening of the Eagle Farm track with $22 million spent on renovations with the highlight being the $500,000 Queensland Oaks.
Sandown will be Victoria’s principle meeting. The rail will be at the true position with a Good 4 predicted for a bumper nine-race card. The weather is expected to be overcast but fine.
Race 6: 1, 3, 6, 8
Race 7: 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13
Race 8: 1, 8, 9, 11, 13
Race 9: 2, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12
Race 6: 1, 6
Race 7: 5, 6, 13
Race 8: 8, 9, 11
Race 9: 5, 6, 12
R1 11.20am Ladbrokes.com.au Handicap 1300m
Kenedna lived up to her debut when she went one better and defied a betting drift of $1.80 to $3 favourite to win over 1200m at Geelong on May 20. Stable jockey Brad Rawiller replaces Nick Hall, who will ride opponent Cat Woman. She does rise 2kg to 58kg, but has a good draw in four.
Cat Woman butters up here off a good debut run at Sandown last Saturday. The Bernardini filly wound up to finish resolutely in fifth place over 1200m. Nick Hall replaces 3kg apprentice Ben Thompson and the extra distance here should suit.
Inspired Estelle was resuming from a break at Moe. She was no match for the winner Prontezza over 1016m, but she hails from the leading juvenile yard of Mick Price and has top hoop Dwayne Dunn to steer. She was a well-backed $2.60 favourite last start and much more liberal odds at $8 here.
SELECTIONS: No2 Montoya’s Secret, No1 Kenedna, No4 Cat Woman, No7 Inspired Estelle.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Bay Harmony.
R2 11.50am Ladbrokes Park Handicap 1500m
Ma Jones hails from the top yard of Darren Weir and her form has been rock solid with three wins and a second from her past five starts. She broke away to a 1 ¾ length win as a well-supported $2.90 favourite over 1600m at Bendigo last start on May 22. She drops 3kg to 55kg here.
Yellen will strip fitter for her first-up ¾ length second over 1400m against her own sex at Cranbourne on May 20. She carried 60kg that day and drops to 56.5kg here with Ben Melham keeping the ride on the Chris Waller-trained mare.
Clemency has an excellent first-up record of three starts for a win and two seconds. Trainer Robert Smerdon has booked 3kg claimer Ben Allen to reduce her handicap to a mere 51kg. She is set for this race with three lead-up barrier trials and is drawn nicely in seven.
SELECTIONS: No2 Holy Cow, No4 Ma Jones, No3 Yellen, No7 Clemency.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Testability.
R3 12.20pm Ladbrokes Mega Margin Handicap 1600m
Les Darci is named after one of Australia’s most famous boxers and he gave a fighting effort in stronger company last start when finishing fourth to Antelucan in the Listed Adelaide Guineas (1600m) on May 14. With apprentice Ben Allen’s claim he carries just 53kg.
Lake Jackson broke his maiden three starts ago over 1600m at Cranbourne. He ran a great race to finish second to Rezak over 1600m here on May 11. He was specked from $15 into $10 last start and with 1.5kg claiming Regan Bayliss again on board will carry just 52.5kg.
Atlantic City worked hard after being caught deep when finishing fourth to Loyalty Man over 1600m at Flemington on May 21. Damien Oliver makes his comeback today from a lengthy suspension and gets the ride on this gelding. He is drawn perfectly in two to get a cosy run.
SELECTIONS: No2 Divine Mr Artie, No8 Les Darci, No11 Lake Jackson, No7 Atlantic City.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Lake Jackson.
R4 12.55pm Ladbrokes Bet Better Handicap 1800m
Longeron now appears primed with three starts under his belt to show his best. He was held up at the 400m last Saturday when running sixth over 1600m here. Dwayne Dunn keeps the ride and he rises 2.5kg to 57kg here and would expect him to bounce back.
Sysmo looks cherry ripe to show his best now stretched up in distance after two runs over 1400m and 1600m at Morphettville and Caulfield. The seven-year-old will carry 54.5kg with Ben Allen’s 3kg claim and from barrier eight rates with claims.
Sandhill Chief beat today’s opponent Straight Jacket in the Casterton Cup (2000m) last start on May 22. Linda Meech keeps the ride and the eight-year-old again has no weight on 54kg despite his rise in class to city grade here. He should get a soft run from gate two.
SELECTIONS: No1 Turnitaround, No4 Longeron, No2 Sysmo, No7 Sandhill Chief.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Sandhill Chief.
R5 1.30pm Ladbrokes Handicap 1000m
Secret Blend has been as reliable as clockwork. The four-year-old found Caprese too good over 1200m here last start on May 11. Nick Hall replaces apprentice Tom Sadler and he rises only half a kilo to 57. The draw in 15 is a concern.
San Amaro has been set for this first-up with two clever runs in gate trials over 800m at Cranbourne. The four-year-old has a win from three first-up starts and has drawn to be prominent in gate five.
World Of Hope was a good winner first-up over 1000m at Cranbourne, but she will need cover from her wide draw in 14. Patrick Maloney replaces apprentice Beau Mertens on the three-year-old filly, who again carries a light weight on 54kg.
SELECTIONS: No9 Chiavari, No8 Secret Blend, No10 San Amaro, No15 World Of Hope.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Solar Duchess.
R6 2.08pm Ladbrokes Live Play Handicap 1600m
Scherzoso was an impressive first-up winner over 1400m at Flemington on May 7 when at the meaty odds of $26. He is quoted at $5 here in a relatively open field. In-form apprentice Ben Allen rides the four-year-old at 55.5kg, which is 1.5kg above the limit.
Aurum Spirit won over this trip two starts ago. At his latest start he ran up along the rail to finish third over 1600m at Flemington on May 21. Senior rider Chris Parnham keeps the ride and he drops 3kg to 55.5kg and is drawn ok in eight.
Something To Share won two in a row on country tracks before copping a bump and still finishing on to run second to Artie’s Shore over 1400m at Warrnambool on May 5. He goes up 4kg to 59kg but hails from the red hot yard of premier trainer Darren Weir.
SELECTIONS: No1 Nozomi, No6 Scherzoso, No8 Aurum Spirit, No5 Something To Share.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Something To Share.
R7 2.48pm Ladbrokes Odds Boost Handicap 1300m
Khutulun did not have much luck first-up when she took a late split to finish third to Shades Of Bella over 1200m at Caulfield on May 14. She has been freshened for this and has senior rider Dwayne Dunn replacing 3kg apprentice Ben Allen.
Forgeress was trapped deep and then bumped when running sixth to Runaway Star in the Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on May 21. Fitter now at third start back from a spell.
SELECTIONS: No5 A Lotta Love, No6 Khutulun, No8 Forgeress.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Danestroem.
R8 3.28pm Ladbrokes Cash In Handicap 1300m
Portion Control has a smart record of two wins and a second at four starts. He claimed consecutive wins at Mornington and Sandown over 1200m and 1400m last campaign. Gave a good effort to win his recent trial.
Sword Of Justice was specked from $18 into $13 before giving a good sight to narrowly go down over 1200m at Caulfield last start on May 14. He again has no weight on 54kg.
Nat’s The Boss has an enviable record of two wins and six placings at eight starts. He carried 51kg to just beat Sword Of Justice when specked from $11 into $9 over 1200m at Caulfield on May 14. Carries 54kg here.
SELECTIONS: No11 Battlecamp, No9 Portion Control, No13 Sword Of Justice, No8 Nat’s The Boss.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 Nat’s The Boss.
R9 4.08pm Ladbrokes Infohub Handicap 1300m
Belesron was first-up when he gave a good effort to chase home the smart winner Olivier over 1100m at Caulfield on May 14. Top jockey Damien Oliver takes the reins here and he is well liked at $5.50.
Ruettiger will have the blinkers back on and is now fit with two sound placings under his belt. He has been freshened for this after running a close second over 1200m at Morphettville on May 14.
Raposo has a solid second up record. Trainer Patrick Payne gave the gelding a solid hit out in a 1000m and with the 2kg claim of apprentice Jordan Childs will carry 55kg on the limit.
SELECTIONS: No5 Duke Of Brunswick, No6 Belesron, No12 Ruettiger, No11 Raposo.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Raposo.