Wed, Mar 6, 10:46am by Kevin Pitstock
We took a look through the Seven race program at Sportingbet Park Sandown-Hillside on Wednesday, March 6
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Race 1: Swettenham Stud Dash For Cash (900m)
The opening race of the Sandown card is literally a “Dash For Cash” with a field of seven two-tear-olds over 900m. Going with the David Hayes-trained Newhaven Park Stud owned Zeditave filly No 6 Opt. A Second in a recent barrier trial, the filly is sure to be well educated and look for a forward showing. No 4 La Bella Blue is the veteran of the field, having had two starts with a last start second giving her a great chance here. No 8 Zeffiretta is an interesting runner here; a Husson filly in the Peter Moody stable, the filly should run well. Putting in No 3 Imanana for fourth as this filly is an extremely well-bred More Than Ready filly out of the stakes winner Imananabaa.
Race 2: Browns Sawdust & Shavings (1000m)
The Second of the day sees the Robert Smerdon-trained No 5 Black Jack Boy being a leading contender based on his good recent form which includes a win two starts back followed up by a second place. No 9 Pixie Eyes with Glen Boss in the saddle will be second up here and does have a place second up in the past. No 10 Asterix from the Sam Pritchard-Gordon stable has been freshened up after a few poor performance, but trained by a trainer on the up and should be watched closely, as should No 8 Octavanus a last start winner at Yarra Glen.
Race 3: Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1000m)
A sprint contest for the four-year-old and Up mares, with the Luke Oliver-trained No 3 Star Lani being a touch chance based on her record to date, three runs for two wins and a second place. No 4 Glenmaura is first up from a spell here and does have a win on debut four starts back. No 1 What A Treat recorded a good win first up this campaign and the Darren Weir runner looks capable of going on with it. No 2 Oamaru Princess from the Jason Warren stable is consistent and must go into the multiples here.
Race 4: Catanach’s Jewellers Handicap (1400m)
The 1400m for three-year-olds is an interesting race the Shea Eden-trained No 1 nip The Dancer building up to a win and looks capable of taking out this race here. No 2 Shoreham is a filly of promise but she has just not managed to get it altogether as yet, and when she does, she could be a class filly. No 9 Ride A Rock Horse from the Moody stable has had two starts back from a break with a third and a second and looks ready to win. No 4 Sino Eagle, the likely race favourite has had two starts for two wins including a victory here last start.
Race 5: Sportingbet Handicap (1800m)
An 1800m race for the three-year-olds sees No 4 Mightiest look like the one to beat after two starts to date for a win and a second place last time out behind Ajeeb, who went on to contest last Saturday’s Group One Australian Guineas. No 13 Rubens has had three starts to date and improved last start and races as if the trip will really suit. No 9 Zimmerman from the Heath Conners stable won on debut before disappointing last time out, but willing to give another go, while No 7 Pins Of Pele is a Pins gelding from the Anthony Freedman stable with big wraps and ignore his first up effort.
Race 6: BMW Handicap (1800m)
The second last of the day sees No 1 Jethro, the winner of his last two starts as the top rated chance in an open race. Putting in No 7 Friday Hussy from the David Hayes stable as this Hussonet mare has been freshened since an ok performance last time out at this track over 1600m, and she should appreciate the step up to the 1800m. No 5 Karoo from the Pat Carey stable is a Helenus gelding who does need to improve, but now that he is getting up in a trip, a d good run should be expected, while No 11 To Be Honest was disappointing last time out, but did put two wins on the trot together the starts before that, although she is yet to race at the track.
Race 7: Le Pine Funerals (1400m)
The final event of the day is a good race, and we see the Best Bet Of The Day in the Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes-trained No 11 Ninth Legion. An impressive son of Fastnet Rock, the colt has travelled down from the Sydney yard as need needed to get away from the wet tracks. Racing first up at Canterbury he finished a length and a half behind the Matthew Smith-trained Zin Zan Eddie who is in red hot form and has since won again. No 13 Academy Jack was a last start fourth at Flemington over 1200m, and the step up to the 1400m should see an improved performance. No 8 Chile Express finished last at his most recent start, but it was a forgive run, and the Robbie Griffiths-trained son of Thorn Park should be given another chance. No 4 Clanga’s Glory from the Andrew Payne stable should be given his chance here over the 1400m first up from an 11 week let up.
Best Bet of The Day: Race 7, No 11. Ninth Legion 3yo colt (Fastnet Rock x Xaar’s Jewel, by Xaar), trainer Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes. A capable colt who put in some very good runs during his two-year-old season when just behind the placegetters during the stakes race in Brisbane, and as a three-year-old has also finished not too far off the likes of Pierro, Epaulette, Snitzerland, All To Hard and Albrecht.
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