Wednesday racing from Sandown at the Hillside circuit with the rail out in the 10 metres for the entire track.
The track should play fairly with all horses getting their chance on the wide expanses of the track.
There could be potential advantage to race on the pace in the sprint events, but results will likely be talent and tempo related.
sandown race 2
#3 lovin’ laughs
Was clearly outclassed at Moonee Valley in a BM-70 mile race back on March 18.
He was forced to sit outside the lead, had to cut breeze and then regressed to finish second last in a field of seven.
Mick Sell has decided to drop him back down to BM-64 grade and drop him down in distance.
The race does look void of early speed and young jockey Kyle Wilson Taylor takes the reigns for his only ride on the day.
This horse carries the same weight as he did when winning a very similar race in the same grade three starts ago.
Predicting the market will gravitate to him and he is a good each-way bet.
Suggested Bet: Lovin’ Laughs each-way at $6.5 the win and $2.80 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 2, 3, 6, 8
sandown race 3
#7 devout hero
The three-year-old filly resumed with a run over 1200 metres and it seemed to be well short of her best.
She now has the makings of a miler and she raced that way against sharper.
The rise in distance to 1400 metres, a soft draw and fitness benefit from the first-up effort will see her much more competitive in this race.
Anthony & Sam Freedman have applied the blinkers to get a big elevation out of her.
Mark Zahra is riding like a man possessed at the moment and he should be able to get this filly into the trailing run behind the leaders.
He is the perfect rider for her with his aggressive style likely to get her right into the race.
Suggested Bet: Devout Hero win at $4.60
Suggested Exotic: Quinella 5 & 7
sandown race 6
Was given no mathematical hope of winning by getting as far back as he did on Saturday at Mornington in a BM-84 rated 2000 metres race.
After settling last on a track which usually favours on pacers, he whacked away to finish ninth of 11 and is now clearly looking for 2400 metres.
He gets that distance now and drops down significantly on a three-day back up.
Love the set up and Jamie Kah takes the reigns.
The booking is a huge positive and we are keen to be with the gelding here.
Suggested Bet: Cetshwayo each-way at $5 the win and $1.90 the place.
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 3, 4, 5, 12
sandown race 8
This is your typical Chris Waller set up.
Austrata will be ready to explode when he steps out over 1800 metres at Sandown.
He will be fourth-up into his campaign and now hitting full fitness.
With Waller being very wary of weights, he steps this horse up in grade and it means the gelding tumbles down from having to carry 60.5kgs in BM-64 to carrying only 54kgs in BM-78 grade.
His last start effort rated really highly after dealing with high early and mid-race pressure.
Jamie Kah has been booked and barrier eight is perfect for him in this race.
Kah should be able to file this horse into the two-wide and three-wide running line with cover.
He is a horse who will enjoy racing in clean air rather than in between horses.
Making him the best of the day.
Suggested Bet: Austrata win at $2.70