Racing at Sandown returns this Wednesday after its successful Cup day meeting last Saturday.
We’re back to midweek grade this Wednesday, however, and although the fields have come up a touch light on numbers, there’s still some quality thoroughbreds to bet on.
Canterbury also has a good betting card and we’re confident that it’s going to be a good day for punters.
Sandown free tips & form
Race 1. (13:00) Moorookyle Park Maiden (1400m)
#7 – Trent @ $3 – BET NOW
Trent is a three-year-old gelding which looks close to a win after finishing second last time out.
The Henry Dwyer-trained son of Ocean Park ran within a neck of the winner and the rise in distance clearly made a difference.
He’s bred to enjoy running over the longer distances and drawing the inside barrier is going to give him every chance of winning this race.
There’s a good amount of money coming for him and it could pay to follow that move.
Race 2. (13:35) Le Pine Handicap (1200m)
#4 – Ocean Deep @ $3.90 – BET NOW
Lived up to its reputation on debut when winning by a half-length, but the manner of the win demanded attention.
The Lindsay Park-trained runner was well-backed in the market at $2.50 and that favouritism was justified as she hit the line with purpose.
There are some big names in the ownership which is usually a good sign and we’re expecting that maiden form to carry over into a tough handicap field here.
Race 7. (16:30) Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1300m)
#1– Harbour Grey @ $3.40 – BET NOW
Harbour Grey is coming off a stylish second placing in the all greys race at Flemington where he finished a nose behind the winner.
Trained by Stephen Brown, the six-year-old has won only three of his 20 starts to date, but he has 10 placings to his name and a number of them have come at harder grades than this.
He has been punished with a big weight, but he gets a 3kg claimer to ride and he brings a fair amount of class to this race.
We’re expecting his odds to shorten.
Race 7. (17:05) BM64 Handicap (1400m)
#1 – Minoan Spirit @ $3.50 – BET NOW
Coming off a win at Hamilton last start is Minoan Spirit, which defeated the more than handy Red Choux’s by just under a half-length.
The Darren Weir-trained runner is expected to improve with more time under its belt and punters could see a winning streak develop.
His form prior to that win included a placing at Bendigo behind the well-performed and subsequent winner Sully, before he travelled wide and stuck on well at Moonee Valley.
This track looks ideal now and he gets a claimer to ride, bringing his weight down to 58kg.
Canterbury form & free tips
Race 1. (14:00) Tabcorp Maiden Plate (1100m)
#2 – Gongs @ $3.80 – BET NOW
This Godolphin debutante is paying more than we thought it would, given its recent trial win.
The James Cummings-trained two-year-old filly scored a narrow trial win, but runners from this stable are typically given soft trials in their lead ups.
She’s only going to get better and mature further with time, but we think her current odds will drop significantly and there’s value on offer.
Race 2. (14:35) Pluck @ Vinery Maiden (1250m)
#1 – Seaway @ $1.75 – BET NOW
Punters are going to have to take short odds for Seaway, but he could be a nice multi-bet builder early on the card.
The Chris Waller-trained colt by Ocean Park finished two lengths behind the winner on debut earlier this month, but that form has stacked up well and he should improve nicely to score the win.
There are plenty of people expecting a big run from the royally-bred three-year-old on Wednesday and we weren’t surprised to see an odds-on price.
Don’t be put off – throw Seaway into your multi’s.
Race 4. (15:45) Tabcorp Handicap (1100m)
#3 – Chappo @ $7 – BET NOW
Most of the money has come for Revenire at $2.60, but there’s value with Chappo at better odds.
Now with Chris Waller following a maiden win at Doomben in January, the three-year-old gelding by Fastnet Rock hasn’t been seen since, but there was plenty to like on that occasion.
He paid $1.35 with bookmakers on debut, so there was plenty of expectation and to be paying $7 fresh up here looks like good value.
Seeing a drift on race day won’t be welcoming to see, but Chappo’s odds could fluctuate in the favour of early punters.
Race 5. (16:20) Ranvet Handicap (1250m)
#2 – Barthelona @ $4.40 – BET NOW
It’s been a while since Barthelona has won a race, but there were positive signs last time out.
The Michael Moroney-trained sprinter finished off well behind subsequent winner Redouble and that should be the best form lines for this race.
He showed plenty of talent as a juvenile in Melbourne and he has finished close in behind plenty of nice types.
The Avenger looks to be the biggest danger, but Barthelona has the experience edge.
Race 6. (16:55) Schweppes Handicap (1100m)
#1 – Good Time Charlie @ $2.25 – BET NOW
The four-year-old is going to have to carry the big weight, but he’s clearly the best horse in the race.
The Joe Pride-trained four-year-old finished off well behind Satirical Magic at Canterbury last start after getting limited luck in the run and he also ran on well behind Best Guess prior to that.
That’s Saturday-class form and the bookmakers look to have got this market spot on. He’s the short-priced favourite, but he should be the one finishing over the top of them late.