Runners to watch: Sandown, May 27th

Race 1: Clanbrooke Racing Handicap (1200m)

Lone Eagle (2nd): on debut he gave away quite a start and had to be stoked up before the turn to chase. Swung the widest and just kept coming to pull the margin down to a length. Big gap to third. Plenty of upside with him.

Note – Cliff’s Edge showed improvement from a solid debut, aided by a comfortable lead, and was able to kick away fromJosephine Sea and had established enough of a gap to hold off the fast finishing Lone Eagle.

Race 2: Elaren Security Services (1200m)

Note – An explosive win to Rillito, who produced a career peak effort, appreciating a fast pace and working through the field from the second half and put them away. Nikitas backed up his win at Warrnambool with a nice effort running on and the roughieKalashani Lad boxing on from on the speed.

Race 3: Australian Steeple (3400m)

Note – A stirring battle over the last 800m between Zed Em and Gold Medals, who paired off from the second last jump. Gold Medals stuck his head in front over the final jump and held that margin over Zed Em to the line. They gapped Marlo Man who ran third but was no match.

Race 4: Australian Hurdle (3400m)

Note – Dominant performance by Renew who made it four wins from four hurdle starts, he led them and just kept running. He shook off the challengers at the second last jump and broke away beating Urban Explorer and Honey Steel’s Gold who boxed on but were well beaten.

Race 5: Chandler MacLeod Handicap (2400m)

Try Four (5th): excellent trial for his next hurdle assignment, he settled well back and wound up late with a nice closing finishing burst just behind the placings. He won a hurdle at Warrnambool and is in good form.

Note – Grand Dreamer dispelled any doubts about running out a strong 2400m and it was a nice ride from Ben Thompson to weave through the field from a position three back on the fence and he was too good for Transfer Allowance, who loomed as the winner, and the favourite Goathland was very one paced and had every possible chance.

Race 6: Ladbrokes Handicap (1600m)

Killarney Kid (last): completely forget he went around. Was travelling well coming to the turn and went for a rails run that closed sharply on him and put him right out of business.

Note – Up and comer Plein Ciel appreciated the return to a dry surface and despite not settling very well in the middle stages he sprinted past the leaders and put a couple of lengths on them. Perennial placegetter Petrology ran on into second ahead of Coldstone, both honest efforts.

Race 7: Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1600m)

Note – deserved win for Soho Ruby and she did it the tough way sitting up outside the leader then taking over a fair way from home but she still had a couple of lengths to spare over Pedrena, who was sound but had her chance, and Lady Lee made plenty of good ground from well back into the minor money.

Race 8: Samson Handicap (1400m)

Barbie’s Boy (2nd): plenty to like about his second-up effort, he was under pressure back in the second half on the fence to the turn. Took a bit of riding but once into the clear he hit the line nicely the last 100m into second. No match for the winner but lightly raced and ready to win, perhaps at midweek level.

Note – Widgee Turf finally repaid the faith after a disappointing second-up effort, he always travelled well and let down nicely when asked to pick up the leaders and race away from Barbie’s Boy and Valliano, who ran an improved race for third.

Race 9: Le Pine Funerals (1400m)

Data Point (2nd): landed about midfield, dropped the bit for a few strides nearing the turn and took a while to wind up and that proved costly as the winner got away from him early in the straight. Only second-up and he can bounce back.

Note – fairly popular result with the in-form Cannyescent returning from Sydney and enjoying a nice run before pouncing and had that race fitness on Data Point who ran on well and Thelburg continued his consistent form to lead and hold on for third.