Diamond Star Halo has proven that she is a serious jumps horse and she can record another win in the first race at Sandown today.
The High Chaparral mare has had four goes over the jumps for two wins and as many second placings, and she was last seen finishing a head second to Riding High at The ‘Bool.
She is rock-hard fit and can return to winning form.
The Australian Hurdle has only drawn a small field, but it is rich with talent and I’ll be happy to have something on the impressive Runaway.
Once a Melbourne Cup contestant, Runaway is another horse that has clearly relished a switch in focus to jumps and has recorded two wins and a close second from his three attempts so far.
He ran into an impressive Gobstoppers at The ‘Bool last time out, but I think that he has the means to turn the table on that runner here.
Springrolls will enjoy good improvement from her first-up hit-out in a far harder race than this one, and I think she’ll take a power of beating.
The Carlton House filly has been a great horse for Pakenham trainer Tim Hughes throughout her career and found form around some good horses last time in, capping her prep with a lovely win at Sale.
Craig Williams stays aboard and while she will need luck from out wide, she’s certainly up to something of this quality.
Galenus doesn’t know how to run a bad race and he finds himself in another very winnable one at Sandown this afternoon.
The Tasmanian, currently in the care of Patrick Payne has made only four appearances at the race so far, winning three times and placing on the other occasion.
He couldn’t have been more impressive when debuting on the mainland for a dominant win at Cranbourne a couple of weeks ago and he’ll only improve for that effort.