Big fields and good each way value is the flavour of the day at Sandown this Wednesday.
Despite a length spring carnival, the fields have stacked up well at the midweek level and punters will get the chance to see the rising stars of the Australian turf.
The numbers aren’t quite so big at Wyong, which is the norm, but there are some Saturday-class runners in action which should make for an exciting day on the punt.
Sandown free tips & form
Race 1. (13:00) Hamilton Reid Accountants Maiden (1800m)
#12 – Trent @ $5 – BET NOW
Trent is a more than handy three-year-old which finished second in a strong field at Sandown last time out.
The Henry Dwyer-trained Ocean Park gelding finished a nose behind Sinjaree, but he could have crossed the line in first with some early luck in the straight.
The rise in distance to 1800m should suit nicely and he looks like a solid each way bet in the first.
Race 3. (14:10) Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1300m)
#1 – Our Luca @ $4.20 – BET NOW
Our Luca has looked impressive in three career starts to date, winning two and finishing fourth in the VOBIS Gold Carat behind Fuhryk in the other.
The Jerome Hunter-trained four-year-old won on debut by 3.75 lengths and he scored another easy win at Mornington last start by 1.5 lengths.
That came over 1000m where he might be better suited, but his natural barrier speed should account for the wide barrier draw and he gets a significant 3kg off his back.
Race 5. (15:20) Dream Thoroughbreds Handicap (1800m)
#8 – Winkelmann @ $4.60 – BET NOW
Two-time winner Winkelmann hasn’t been far away from some nice types this campaign and that form should shine through here.
The Danny O’Brien-trained four-year-old finished 3.5 lengths behind Linguist at Flemington and that form looks good for midweek level.
He hasn’t won since scoring by a half-length at Pakenham in April, but dropping in grade will help his chances and bookmakers are offering a nice price for the son of Rip van Winkle.
Race 6. (15:55) Spicer Thoroughbreds Handicap (1800m)
#13 – So Splendid @ $2.80 – BET NOW
So Splendid is a former New Zealand runner which has made her home in the Chris Waller stables.
The four-year-old mare was a stylish winner at Warwick Farm three starts back before finishing a close third behind the talented Our Belisa.
The daughter of Savabeel then went to Flemington where she finished second behind Linguist at Flemington and that’s going to be the best form guide at the midweek level.
There are some nice types in this race, but she has the most upside in this field.
Race 7. (16:30) United Petroleum Handicap (1000m)
#8 – Call Me Handsome @ $5 – BET NOW
It’s not often we see former Hong Kong gallopers running at midweek level, especially a gelding that has a placing behind star thoroughbred Pakistan Star.
The five-year-old is now trained by Peter Gelagotis and the smart debut winner looks to have plenty of natural ability. He ran a blistering 1000m time on debut at Sha Tin before running third behind one of Hong Kong’s best horses.
His most recent run came in July of last year and that’s the biggest concern here, but we’re expecting his current odds to drop and there should be good support on race day.
Wyong form & free tips
Race 1. (14:00) Wyong Magic Millions Maiden (1600m)
#3 – Zeppelin @ $3.50 – BET NOW
Zeppelin is long overdue a win after nine starts without success, but this looks to be his best chance.
The Waterhouse/Bott-trained three-year-old has placed in its last three starts behind some more than handy types.
He ran third behind All Too Soon at Randwick before hitting the line well behind Higher Ground last time out at Canterbury.
Prior to those placings he finished a close fourth behind All Too Huiying at Wyong and that form has since been franked at the top grade.
Race 3. (15:10) The Hunter Containers Handicap (1200m)
#2 – Tiki Bar @ $3.80 – BET NOW
There was a significant betting drift at Hawkesbury last start when Tiki Bar drifted from around $1.70 to $2.25, but it didn’t slow down the filly.
Trained by James Cummings, the three-year-old by Sepoy looked beaten in the straight, but she held them all off in the run to the line.
Prior to that win she finished a close second behind Empress Matilda at Canterbury and that form has been solid since.
Rising in weight won’t be easy, but she has the ability to handle it.
Race 5. (16:20) Kernick Law Handicap (1000m)
#5 – Geneteau @ $3.20 – BET NOW
There has been a solid move for Geneteau, which is currently at $3.20 after opening at $3.60.
The Bjorn Baker-trained four-year-old has won one race from 12 starts and she has placed in three of her five starts fresh up, but she drops right back in grade.
She has form behind the likes of Miss Debutante, Calanda and Memes. Two of her last four starts have been in stakes company and this is a big step down in class.
The inside draw should allow her to find the rail and kick strongly in the straight.
Race 7. (17:30) Coastal Carpet Handicap (1600m)
#9 – High Point @ $3.10 – BET NOW
Three-year-old colt High Point capped off two consistent runs with a win last time out at Newcastle.
The Baker-trained son of Fastnet Rock finished two lengths behind Easy Eddie on debut before finishing a half-length behind So You Win second up at Randwick.
He started as the $1.30 favourite at Newcastle and he scored a 1.2-length win with relative ease.
There are some testing thoroughbreds in this race which could make it harder to win here, but jockey Blake Shinn is riding in good form at present and he could be enough to get High Point over the line.