We have expert betting tips for the card this Saturday at Sandown, which features 10 quality betting races.
It’s Sandown’s feature racing meeting of the year, with the Zipping Classic and Sandown Guineas going off.
The 10-race card features plenty of great betting races.
Sandown horse racing tips
Race 1. (12:25) Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m)
#6 – Tagaloa @ $4.80 – Bet Now
Punters are getting good odds for Tagaloa, given that he’s backing up after running third at Flemington.
He did well to make ground along the inside of runners down the Flemington straight and that form should stack up nicely for this.
He attracted some good bets on that occasion and we’re happy to take the $4.80 on offer here.
Race 2. (13:00) Ladbrokes Sandown Cup (3200m)
#1 – Sound @ $2.90 – Bet Now
We didn’t think we’d ever tip Sound to win a race, but he has the edge on this field based on his Melbourne Cup performance.
He managed to finish 12th and that was better than expected. His form has been poor since arriving in Australia but this is a massive drop in class.
If he can’t win this race, retirement could be on the cards.
Race 3. (13:35) Twilight Glow Stakes (1400m)
#2 – Xilong @ $2.90 – Bet Now
Xilong was beaten last start, but certainly not disgraced when running third at Flemington.
The McEvoy-trained filly has won three of her five starts and running third in a tough race at Flemington won’t do her any harm.
This is an easier field and we liked the way she fought back after being headed in the straight.
That bodes well for a good run here.
Race 4. (14:10) Ladbrokes Sandown Stakes (1500m)
#1 – Widgee Turf @ $2.40 – Bet Now
Expectations are high for Widgee Turf, which hasn’t won this campaign but has all the ability needed to.
The Patrick Payne-trained six-year-old is coming off a second placing at Moonee Valley behind Iconoclasm where he fought nicely to the line.
He’s used to carrying big weight so that’s no problem and the odds are generous enough.
Race 5. (14:45) Doveton Stakes (1000m)
#2 – Crystal Dreamer @ $5.50 – Bet Now
Crystal Dreamer didn’t fire last start but put that down to second-up syndrome.
He’s an 11-time winner which looked good winning fresh up at Caulfield and anything close to that form would see him winning this.
The seven-year-old is unbeaten on this track with two starts for two wins. That bodes well and we’re a little surprised at the odds on offer.
Worth backing at each-way odds.
Race 6. (15:25) Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m)
#4 – D’bai @ $2.65 – Bet Now
D’bai has had experience racing in Australia when disappointing in the All Aged Stakes at Randwick, but he has been given a lengthy break.
His last fresh up start resulted in a win in Dubai and it’s tough to ignore that form. Trainer Charlie Appleby has had success at this carnival, so consider based on that.
Most of the early money has come for him and he should prove to beat.
Race 7. (16:00) Sandown Guineas (1600m)
#11 – Affair to Remember @ $3.30 – Bet Now
Affair to Remember produced a huge run for third at Flemington and that’s why she’s the favourite for this race.
The Dan O’Sullivan-trained filly flashed home to finish third behind Nudge and the form out of that race should hold up.
Drawing barrier five will see her land in a good position and with only 55kg on her back, she’s likely to be flying home again.
Race 8. (16:40) Zipping Classic (2400m)
#1 – Humidor @ $4 – Bet Now
There is a win coming for Humidor soon, because he’s simply too talented to not cross the line first.
The seven-year-old is a winner of over $4 million and that can’t be overlooked. His most recent win came awhile ago, but he finished second behind Winx in a Cox Plate.
His opposition haven’t done that, so he goes on top.
Race 9. (17:20) Summoned Stakes (1500m)
#3 – Sweet Scandal @ $5.50 – Bet Now
Chris Waller lines up the five-year-old mare which showed good fight when running third at Flemington last start.
She’s a six-time winner from only 16 starts and that form showed up when winning at Randwick in September.
Her two runs since have been good and punters are getting good each-way odds.
Michael Walker has been riding in good form so respect.
Race 10. (17:55) Eclipse Stakes (1800m)
#4 – Setting Sail @ $2.25 – Bet Now
Charlie Appleby lines up another nice type which comes into this with winning form.
The four-year-old scored by 4.5 lengths at Epsom Downs in August and although he hasn’t raced since, it’s tough to overlook that form.
James Doyle takes the ride from a good barrier and we’re expecting a good effort fresh up in Australia.