Race reviews: Sandown, December 2nd
Blackbookers: VINLAND Race 4. Looked the winner a long way from home and when he accelerated he put them away in a stride. Looks to have a bright future especially if he gets a track with a little give.
Race 1: Cameron Thirley’s Bucks day Plate 1000m 2YO.
No excuses for the beaten brigade here as WRITTEN BY (1st) sat three-wide the trip, Not a real disadvantage here at the 1000m especially in these conditions, there was a lot of money around for the colt on debut but he showed he has a stack of ability and obviously handles the conditions well.
Notes: SANCTIMONIUS (2nd) looks like he will appreciate getting out to further, he hit a flat spot half way up the straight and may have been in the wrong part of the track but worked home ok late.
Race 2: Chandler McLeod Handicap 1300m BM70.
MEMORY BANK (1st) showed good tactical speed to lead and tried to kick clear at the top of the lane but just couldn’t get away. They all seemed to be coming home one paced, not sue there is a lot to follow out of this.
Notes: HOLY FREEZE (2nd) was very flat early in the straight, the jock was reluctant to go back to the inside after tracking the winner and was jostling for parts of the straight. Eventually got pushed back to the inside but looks as though he wants further. OK in the worse going the last furlong.
Race 3: Clanbrooke Racing Hcp 1600m.
All honours with MRS GARDENIA (1), she sat behind the leaders in what was only an evenly run race, took the inside run where others had not wanted to be in earlier races and by the time she accelerated through she got to the fast lane past the winner a couple of horses off the fence and the jock eased her down late, dominant win.
Notes: FUDGED (3rd) was very disappointing, led, although she went at a decent tempo early she really backed it off through the middle and found very little in the straight? The track state maybe, but hard to find any other excuse.
Race 4: Spicer Thoroughbreds Hcp 1600 BM70.
Notes: Won’t see many more easy wins than that of VINLAND (1st) today. He travelled like the winner throughout after the early speed was a cracker, cruised up to them under a grip at the top of the straight then ran away and was eased down from about the 75. Looks to have a bright future, especially if he gets tracks that have a bit of give in them. ROAR (unplaced) went way too hard and over-raced in the lead, CIVIL DISOBEDIANCE (unplaced) ran on well late back towards the inside but was never a winning factor.
Race 5: United Petroleum Hcp BM64 1400m.
Notes: Poor conditions saw the three placings filled by run on horses. SILENT GENERAL (1st) was held-up briefly at the top of the straight but exploded through a gap at he 300 and put a space on them before tiring on the line late. JVALA (2nd) was also well back before switching wide and loomed, the winner got away in side the furlong but he came again late and looks like the mile would suit him more. They gapped the rest, the best of the on-pacers was the roughie BLUNAKKA (unplaced) who travelled well into the straight outside the leader but was quickly headed, stuck on fairly though and beating the others on the speed comfortably.
Race 6: Sheen Group handicap BM84 1000m.
I may be going against most here but I though the run of the race was SPRIGHTLY LASS (2nd). She has a stack of speed we know that and was having her first go in these conditions and well up in class, she led on her ear, was under a grip before being asked for that extra effort at the furlong and was run down late. We know she won’t get much further than the 1000m but if she goes to the paddock after this, look for her in the Autumn in races were her speed can be used preferably on the smaller tracks.
Notes: Take nothing away from the winner MISS WONDERLAND (1st) who was super resuming. She had a couple of trials leading into this so was obviously ready to go, she layed in badly early in the straight but once the jock balanced her up, she ran through the line hard and showed her class.
Race 7: Le Pines Funeral Hcp 1000m.
Notes: Just looked a case of JUNGLE EDGE (1st) lapping up the conditions and handling it better than the rest. Although he put a gap in them, he really only started to get away the last 100m when the others were getting weary with the heavy conditions. He’s always a chance in the wet and clearly handled it the best even though he may have been too close to the inside. GUN CASE (3rd) showed a stack of speed but was going nowhere late, stuck with the winner until the conditions got the better of him.
Race 8: Ladbrokes Handicap 1800m BM90.
NIGHT’S WATCH (1st) came through the recent country series where the final was held at HQ over the carnival. His win in the heat was brilliant before appearing to have every chance in the final when beaten by the stablemate. He has showed a stack of ability this prep and finished too good for them here, should be sent to the paddock now and should win a nice middle-distance race in the Autumn. Still fuming if you were on at Flemington… GUIZO (2nd) and LONG TIME AGO (3rd) both kept whacking away but were out-stayed by the winner late.
Race 9: Schweppes Hcp 1300m BM78.
Just as impressive as Vinland earlier in the day was WIDGEE TURF (1st) in the last. Sat no closer than four wide the duration, yes you can say that off the fence was no disadvantage but the leader was already scouting 4 horses wide so he has covered a stack of extra ground. He ran a quick sectional from the 400 to the furlong pole and although the last 200 wasn’t quick, he continued to pull away as the rest tired. FORBIDDEN KISSES (3rd) did a good job after saving ground hard up against the rail and sticking to that line in the straight, not the smartest move but was a tactic that hadn’t been used earlier in the day and probably shouldn’t have been. Beaten a big margin though.