Buffalo River. Photo by Steve Hart.

Sandown Tips & Preview – Saturday, 2nd May

Feature racing may have headed to South Australia, but there is still plenty of quality racing taking place at Sandown this Saturday.

We’ve assessed all nine races on the card and offer our thoughts and betting plays below. 

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Race 1: Ladbrokes Handicap (1200m) 11:55am
No. 1 Diala

Diala was impressive when breaking through for her maiden race win at Caulfield over the 1200m first up running a very slick time on the soft track. She then stepped up in distance, and class, when well beaten at Flemington last weekend. She took an eternity to get to the lead from barrier eight, and spent a lot of tickets in doing so, and it told on her late when she faded to finish 10th. She will appreciate the step back to 1200m, the smaller field, and barrier two in this contest and I think she represents good value at the $10 at time of publish.

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Race 2: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1600m) 12:30pm
No. 5 Midas Prince

Midas Prince has finished third at both his runs this prep and he should be ready to peak third up in this contest. He fought on well last start at Geelong over the 1700m to finish within 2.5 lengths of the winner and I think he will appreciate the step back in grade here. He has had five starts over the 1600m for three wins and a placing and the $8.50 at time of publish seems overs. 

Race 3: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1400m) 1:05pm
No. 3 Lunakorn

The Australian Bloodstock filly Ludakorn has progressed through the grades well so far this prep having won at all three of her starts. Wins at Pakenham, Sandown and Bendigo have all been impressive and I think the daughter of Puissance De Lune can take another step towards open class racing with another win here. 

Race 4: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1200m) 1:45pm
No. 1 Too Good Too Hard

Too Good Too Hard is a lightly raced four year old mare with plenty of ability as shown with her impressive win at Caulfield last start. She has now managed four wins and to placings from her eight career race starts and although she is being asked to carry the big weight in this race, she does look the one to beat. 

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Race 5: 3YO Handicap (2100m) 2:25pm
No. 6 Tooradin

Tooradin was scratched from two races he was nominated for last weekend to run in this event at Sandown and I have a lot of time for the son of Americain. He put together two nice wins on the trot before running fourth behind The Lifeline last start at Caulfield on the heavy track. He has drawn the inside barrier and will be in this race for a long time. 

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Race 6: Ladbrokes Switch Handicap (2100m) 3:05pm
No. 12 Charossa

Charossa is ready to take a step forward at his fifth run this prep and he represents good value to break through for his first win in Australia. He was excellent two starts back when beaten just over a length by Exasperate on the heavy surface over 1600m and this is the first time the five year old gelding goes beyond 1600m in Australia. 

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Race 7: 3YO Handicap (1200m) 3:45pm
No. 1 Ancestry

It’s hard to ignore the form of Ancestry this prep. He has managed four wins in his short eight race career so far including his last three in a row by a combined 11 lengths. He is being asked to carry the big weight in this but he is every chance yet again.

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Race 8: Benchmark 84 Handicap (1200m) 4:25pm
No. 9 Barthelona

Barthelona is another that is over the odds at $9.00 in the eighth event of the day Sandown. The six year old gelding has put in two very strong performances so far this prep to be narrowly beaten and he will appreciate the step up to 1200m at his third run. He also gets some weight relief with the apprentice steering.

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Race 9: Ladbrokes Money Back Handicap (1400m) 4:55pm
No. 13 Buffalo River

My best bet of the day comes in the last race with the talented Buffalo River. He has managed five wins from his nine race starts and has been unplaced just once. This is another step up in class for the Mike Moroney trained gelding however I am of the opinion that he will measure up black type racing with a bit more experience under his belt.