Sandown review Race 1: Santa’s Magical Kingdom Stakes (1000m) 1st Jackson – Kerrin McEvoy 2nd Soviet Secret – Chris Parnham 3rd Emphatically – Michelle Payne After a bit of a battle Sweet Varden held the lead on the inside of Perpetual Crisis and Preemptivethree out. Even wider was Emphatically while Soviet Secret followed the leader. Behind her was Missrockwho was hard ridden in the early stages and not settling. Sweet Varden gave a bit of a kick as she was challenged in the straight with Perpetual Crisis on her outside and Soviet Secret getting up on the fence. Emphatically was still coming further out and Jackson, who tracked her in the run, started his move. Preemptive couldn’t go on while Motown Lil and Los Cabos were in the group closing on the leaders. Just as Soviet Secret hit the lead in the last 50m Jackson grabbed her and proved a little too strong. Emphatically was game after doing all the work in a close third while Sweet Varden and Motown Lil weren’t far off. Missrock was among the tailenders after never looking comfortable in the run. The winner had trialled okay and looked a bit on the raw side so he’s probably got a bit of upside long term. Follow: Jackson might be handy, Emphatically’s run was huge. Race 2: City Of Greater Dandenong Handicap (1400m) 1st Indarra – Mark Zahra 2nd Mihalic – Luke Currie 3rd Antelucan – James McDonald A bit of pressure early as Irada gave up the inside running with Navita, Russian Empress and Change Sister coming over. Micondesa found herself stuck wide around Antelucan and La Fleurette. Just off midfield were Indarra outside Northern Model and Queen Of Wands. Russian Empress was able to lead and Change Sister sat up outsider her with Micondesa striding forward coming to the turn. Irada went for an inside run which was a bit tight but at the same time she wasn’t going well enough. Change Sister took over at the 200m but there was a wall chasing her. Antelucan and Indarra chimed in and from further back Mihalic and Miss Wilson also loomed. They claimed Change Sister and in a tight finish Indarra just held them off and narrowly downed Mihalic who lunged late and Antelucan scraped into third from Miss Wilson. They got away from the rest headed by Orvassa who ran on strongly from the back after a slow start. Follow: Indarra is one to remember next preparation. Race 3: Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) 1st Famous Seamus – Kerrin McEvoy 2nd Generalife – James McDonald 3rd Gracious Prospect – Damian Lane In Style was best out then handed up as Java went looking for the lead. Famous Seamus sat right on the speed and Gracious Prospect landed in a trail. Galaxy Pegasus didn’t want to settle at all racing inside GeneralifeMister Milton improved around them and flushed Generalife out a bit with Smokin’ Joey on their backs. Famous Seamus was staring down Java as far out as 600m to go and Gracious Prospect came out to loom alongside. Mister Milton kept his run going and that caused problems for Generalife who was held up and In Style was under pressure behind the leaders. Famous Seamus went for home at the 200m and got the better of Java. Gracious Prospect was still there and Generalife finally got to the outside but was some five lengths away. Famous Seamus sprinted and put a couple on Gracious Prospect as Generalife launched late but it was too late and Famous Seamus scrambled in. Generalife should have won, but that’s the story of his life, and Gracious Prospect continued his excellent form this time in to hold Under The Louvre for third. In Style and Java battled away but were well beaten. Follow: Gracious Prospect back in grade. Race 4: Sandown Stakes (1500m) 1st Charmed Harmony – Glen Boss 2nd Tashbeeh – Michael Walker 3rd Burning Front – Dean Yendall No surprises as Charmed Harmony rolled to the lead. Burning Front and Star Rolling settled in behind him and Ninth Legion just eased a bit after jumping well. Harada Bay found himself three wide aroundAkavoroun and Tashbeeh on the fence. Mr Utopia recovered after a slow start to be in front of four. Charmed Harmony put the foot down in the middle stages and worked clear of Burning Front and that horse held a similar gap over Star Rolling and Ninth Legion. Tashbeeh pinched some ground along the fence to the turn. A few horses off the fence, Charmed Harmony was still being nursed at the 400m while Burning Front was under pressure to stay with him. It was almost like nothing changed between the 400m and 200m as Charmed Harmony held just over a length on seven horses trying to reel him in. Star Rolling dropped off that bunch and Tashbeeh was the one looking most likely to challenge, while Ninth Legion and Burning Front were sticking on. Charmed Harmony never looked like being run down though Tashbeeh did run him to a bit over a neck. Burning Front stayed on for third ahead of Ninth Legion while Harada Bay was also game after his wide run. Mr Utopia was never a threat and Akavoroun had his chance. Winner was far too good. Follow: Tashbeeh might have a win in him. Race 5: Zipping Classic (2400m) 1st Who Shot Thebarman – James McDonald 2nd Tall Ship – Brad Rawiller 3rd Do You Remember – Vlad Duric Don Doremo stumbled at the start. Sertorius was sent forward to lead with Rising Romance coming across outside him. Kirramosa followed her and Do You Remember had the box seat. Tall Ship had a good spot a couple back from Don Doremo and Who Shot Thebarman trailed them. They slowed up down the back straight and in the space of abour 200m Who Shot Thebarman went from last to first as he took over from Sertorius, Rising Romance went back to third around Do You Remember. Tall Ship was relegated to last. Sertorius was the first under pressure as Who Shot Thebarman clicked up. Do You Remember followed the leader while Rising Romance was a bit flat. Kirramosa peeled out from behind her and Tall Ship was widest. Who Shot Thebarman sprinted well clear down to the 300m. Sertorius was battling with Do You Remember while Tall Ship was the only one making any ground from the back as he sailed down the outside but he’d have needed to be a world beater to make up the ground he spotted the leader. Who Shot Thebarman, thanks to a very smart ride, romped in. Tall Ship may have been beaten five lengths but his performance was outstanding. Next time for him. Do You Remember claimed third from Sertorius. Big flops from the mares Kirramosa and Rising Romance. Follow: Tall Ship in anything he contests, particularly in a handicap. Race 6: Eclipse Stakes (1800m) 1st Casino Dancer – James Winks 2nd Puccini – Brad Rawiller 3rd Worthy Cause – Luke Dittman Garud was easily the best out but they kicked up inside him with Slate On Edge leading Jacquinot Bay. Garud was left three wide and Calvin Williams eased out of that battle. Worthy Cause punched up on the fence into the box seat. Casino Dancer sat three out around Malice and Digitalism while Scream Machinewas over racing badly four back on the fence. Garud worked up into second passing the 1000m and Puccinitook his spot having swept around them out wide. By the turn Puccini had just about headed Slate On Edge and Garud, the latter under a bit of pressure. Scream Machine went for a run on the fence and Worthy Cause and Jacquinot Bay were running on. Wider out Casino Dancer was a bit flat footed and behind her Malice was hard at it. Just inside the 300m Scream Machine’s saddle slipped badly behind and he cannoned into Slate On Edge and Garud, who were beaten anyway. Puccini was clear with Worthy Cause trying hard on his inside and Jacquinot Bay and Casino Dancer warming up late. Behind them Desert Jeuney had made ground and Malice finally hit his straps. Casino Dancer picked up Puccini in the last 50m, both strong efforts, and Worthy Cause held on for third. By this stage it was clear the best ground was four or five horses off the fence so while the first two raced wide it wasn’t such a big disadvantage. Follow: Puccini was having his first run for the Weir stable so keep an eye on him if there’s another race around. Race 7: Sandown Guineas (1600m) 1st Mahuta – Brad Rawiller 2nd Dal Cielo – Mark Zahra 3rd Don’t Doubt Mamma – Dwayne Dunn Mahuta sprung out from the outside and Flying Light went with him. They punched up underneath though and Demonstrate darted through to lead with Ngarimu and Marky Mark in that bunch. Shockaholic settled better than midfield with Dal Cielo three wide around him while the next line included Don’t Doubt Mamma between Gredington and Maysam. Demonstrate looked to be going a bit hard in front while Flying Light settled well on his outside. Mahuta was left without cover and tracked by Dal Cielo in the three wide line. Demonstrate appeared to be travelling okay down to the 400m but was gone in a couple of strides and Marky Mark grabbed him on the inside while Mahuta sprinted very quickly to head both by the 300m. Ngarimu was a bit one paced and Dal Cielo was running on. Don’t Doubt Mamma was held up behind Dal Cielo for a while and spotted him three lengths when she got into the clear. Mahuta put the race away quickly as he sprinted clear and he just seems to keep winning. Dal Cielo ran on well and Don’t Doubt Mamma simply got too far back but again hit the line nicely. Ngarimu and Flying Light battled on okay behind the placings. Follow: none, most of these will go for a spell. Race 8: Sandown Cup (3200m) 1st Almoonqith – Michael Walker 2nd The Offer – Dwayne Dunn 3rd Grand Marshal – James McDonald De Little Engine was slowly out and ridden up a bit to recover while Refectory blew it by about 10 lengths. Maygrove ran to the early lead from Pop ‘N’ ScotchManalapan and Renew followed. SomehowAlmoonqith settled fifth on the fence from barrier 14 and had Tremec on his outside. Planet Purple took off three deep out of the straight but was stuck there as the leaders kicked up. That strung the field out quite a bit down the back though they started to bunch up again by the 800m. Maygrove still led Pop ‘N’ Scotch but Planet Purple was under heavy pressure, Tremec took off around him while Manalapan and Renew just waited. Like A Carousel was moving into the race as Almoonqith looked to get off the fence.The Offer was tracking up behind him and Grand Marshal slipped up on the inside. Maygrove and Pop ‘N’ Scotch were battling it out at the 400m but you could see Almoonqith working into the clear and once he did he sprinted sharply. Grand Marshal got through on the inside where no-one wanted to be and The Offer was running on out wide. The Melbourne Cup runners filled the placings and Almoonqith was far too good, aided in part by an outstanding ride. The Offer was game and Grand Marshal had every chance. Like A Carousel ran to his level next while Sasenkile ran on and De Little Engine lost any chance at the start but ran well. Follow: none. Race 9: Summoned Stakes (1500m) 1st Solicit – Kerrin McEvoy 2nd She’s Clean – Glen Boss 3rd Mossbeat – Vlad Duric Andrassy jumped about a length clear of the field but Solicit worked across from outside to head her.Coronation Shallan and Anfitriona were handy, Tycoon Tara eased and Mefnooda went on three wide. Also in that bunch were Coup De BeelBallet Suite and Matilija. Solicit ran a couple of lengths clear with Anfitriona sitting up second from Andrassy on the fence. Mefnooda kept working up around Coronation Shallan and Coup De Beel was tracking them up. Solicit rolled a few horses off the fence and responded when shaken up at the 400m, putting about four lengths on a wall of horses chasing. Coronation Shallan couldn’t match her and She’s Clean weaved through to try and cut into the margin, Mossbeat was running on out wide with Coup De Beel and Lilly Dazzler getting through from last. But Solicit was in a race of her own and absolutely smashed them. Mossbeat got up for yet another minor placing just failing to grab She’s Clean, honest again, and Lilly Dazzler was close up. A slow start proved costly for her. Not much to say about the rest, Scarlet Billows was always well back and only ran on fairly late. Follow: none. Specials from the meeting: Tall Ship, Puccini, Tashbeeh, Gracious Prospect. —– Rosehill review Race 1 1st Faraway Town – Jay Ford 2nd Pittsburgh – Josh Parr 3rd Cool In Black – Tye Angland On a heavy track and another day of generally small fields, five two-year-olds faced the starter in race one.  Amber Isle found the front with Pittsburgh going up in its outside to join it in the lead.  Faraway Town got the run on the fence behind the speed withCool In Black on its outside with a couple of lengths to Black On Gold at the rear.  As they swung for home, Pittsburgh ran to the front with Faraway Town looking to make ground over on the fence.  Inside the final 100m it looked like Pittsburgh was clearly doing enough to hold Faraway Town and that even looked the case with 50m to go, but Faraway Town just kept trying and Pittsburgh got a bit tired late and ran back towards the fence which mean Faraway Town was able to arrive in the nick of time, in what was a very professional win. Follow: Faraway Town Race 2 1st More To Gain – Peter Wells 2nd Dinghu Mountain – Jason Collett 3rd Stoker – Tim Clark Moray was a bit slow to go and Cartier Rock was taken deliberately back to the rear.  Brooklyn Storm led them up with Stoker in second but a few lengths off the leader who was traveling along at a good clip in front.  Dinghu Mountain and Aurora Glow were another couple of lengths back in third and fourth and then there was about five lengths to the rest of them.  The leader was let fly along in front and had an even bigger break when it came to the home turn.  It maintained its lead up to the 300m mark but there after it was apparent that it had gone out far too fast.  At the furlong, as Darren Flyndel put it, the leader was “gonezo”.  Dinghu Mountain and Aurora Glow briefly hit the front, but More To Gain was putting in a resolute finish from well back and hit the front soon after and came away for a strong win, after the pace in front suited it nicely.  Dinghu Mountain gets a pass mark in second but had every chance, and the run of Stoker was pretty good in third after being up around the pace the whole way. Follow: Stoker Race 3 1st Dashie De Luxe – Kathy O’Hara 2nd Eccitare – Greg Ryan 3rd Grand Proposal – Winona Costin In race three, Heza Theif made good use of its inside gate to go through and take it up from Em Double You Bee who strode up on the outside after initially being caught wide.  Eccitare was in the one out and one back trail in third spot outside of Dashie De Luxe who secured a nice run on the fence.  Grand Proposal was midfield and caught out three deep and started to roll forward as they approached the home turn.  The leader left the fence when they turned for home and Dashie De Luxe said thank you very much and went through to the lead with over 300m to run.  From there in the run to the line, Dashie De Luxe had a good break.  Eccitare was chasing hard in second with Grand Proposal also making a good fist of it after being wide.  In the final 50m, Eccitare really dug in and managed to cut the margin back to about a neck, but couldn’t catch Dashie De Luxe who proved there was nothing wrong with the fence, being the second winner of the day to come along that section of the track.  Out wide on the track,High Opinion made ground in the run to the line, but was entitled to after sitting back at the rear smoking its pipe. Follow: Grand Proposal Race 4 1st Howmuchdoyouloveme – Samantha Clenton 2nd Zin Zan Eddie – Jay Ford 3rd Inz’n’Out Brenton – Avdulla Inz ‘n’ Out came out ok from the inside gate but Quartzite had the pace to lead from Diamond Oasis, giving Inz ‘n’ Out the sit in third spot on the fence with Howmuchdoyouloveme getting the one out and one back trail in fourth.  Up towards and around the turn, Inz ‘n’ Out was making good ground to be just behind the leaders as they came into the straight.  He got the gap at the 300m mark and claimed Quartzite, but Howmuchdoyouloveme was coming with a slightly stronger run and came away in the final 100m to win it by over a length from Zin Zan Eddie who closed its race off very nicely and Inz ‘n’ Out who was pretty disappointing in the straight after a good run in transit. Follow: Zin Zan Eddie Race 5 1st Bring Luck – Peter Wells 2nd Sir John Hawkwood – Blake Spriggs 3rd Vilanova – Tye Angland Bring Luck showed no pace out of the gates and was taken back to the rear.  Harry Hotspur took it up with Sir John Hawkwoodmoving around the outside to sit in second spot.  Best Case had a nice run on the fence in third with Vilanova outside of it.  Before the turn, Sir John Hawkwood travelled up to the leader and looked to be going ok as there were a number of rivals off the bit.  Early in the straight, Sir John Hawkwood was asked for the effort and put a length or so on them, but wasn’t really getting away.  Soon after, Bring Luck was coming with a strong run down the outside.  He ran to the front soon after and the issue was beyond doubt.  In the run to the  line, Sir John Hawkwood didn’t give in and battled on well for second but was about two and a half lengths behind Bring Luck, Vilanova was about the same margin back behind it in third and the rest of them were beaten out of sight. Follow: None to follow Race 6 1st Typhoon Jolie – Sam Clipperton 2nd Role Model – Tim Clark 3rd Fiftyshadesofgrey – Jess Taylor Typhoon Jolie was out of the gates in a hurry and went to the early lead from I Am Zelady who then went up and shaded Typhoon Jolie in front before running about a length clear.  Role Model took a sit in third spot.  Mid race, I am Zelady sped away from them and led by about four lengths around the turn.  She travelled well in front up to the 300m mark, but when asked for the effort thereafter was quickly a beaten force being first up on the heavy going.  Typhoon Jolie had the front inside the furlong and had them beaten thereafter.  Role Model ran second after a good run in transit and Fiftyshadesofgrey was third after working home ok wide out on the track.  I am Zelady will be improved for this run and didn’t drop out too badly so can be followed. Follow: I am Zelady Race 7 1st Zanbagh – Kathy O’Hara 2nd Frespanol – Thomas Huet 3rd Mighty Lucky – Nathan Thomas It was a pretty good line out in race seven with Heart Testa winning it and going to the front.  Frespanol was up in second withBlack Jag in fourth.  Sterling City was just behind them in fourth.  Heart Testa had a decent break around the turn and had most of them pushed along to give chase.  Up to the 300m mark it was still Heart Testa by about three lengths.  Heart Testa was running on empty at the 100m mark and Fespanol had him on toast, but Zanbagh was putting in a big finish on the outside from well back and in the run to the line, Zanbagh passed Frespanol and came away for a pretty soft and impressive win.  Zanbagh showed a lot of potential as a younger horse and might go on with it now after this win. Follow: Zanbagh Race 8 1st Figtree – Josh Parr 2nd Ziggy Willie – Tye Angland 3rd Danish Twist – Samantha Clenton Danish Twist looked a little slow to go in race eight.  Footy Fan took it up in front from Ziggy Willie with Disgraceful up three wide.  Before the turn, Figtree was set alight out wide on the track and went up towards the leaders.  Ziggy Willie moved up to Footy Fan inside the 300m mark, with Footy Fan still giving a bit of a kick, and Figtree sustaining its run out wide on the track.  It looked like a real slog to the line on the wet track but Figtree was strong and got there over Ziggy Willie and Danish Twist who got home nicely after being well back.  I liked the way the winner made a long sustained run here and still outgunned them on the line.  It can win more races. Follow: Figtree Race 9 1st Telepathic – Rory Hutchings 2nd Anyaas Jess – Taylor 3rd Bankster’s Bonus – Regan Bayliss Anyaas was out quickly and lobbed its way over onto the fence to lead it up.  Too Hi Tek was up in second on the outside of First Class Ticket who was getting a nice run on the fence.  Back midfield, Dowdstown Charlie was out wide, but that didn’t seem to be a disadvantage on this track.  It was being trailed up by Telepathic.  Anyaas looked to travel pretty well around the bend withDuca Valentinois the first to mount a challenge, but that was short lived.  Anyaas still had it with 300m to go.  Telepathic was the one that was coming out of the pack down the outside.  Telepathic struck the front at the furlong, and maintained its run to hold onto about a half length lead from Anyaas who was pretty good in second spot to keep fighting on.  Bankster’s Bonus was also ok in third after trailing the winner, but couldn’t find enough to run over the top of it.  Duca Valentinois dropped right out in a run that matched its betting drift, presumably due to the heavy track. Follow: Anyaas Specials from the meeting: Zanbagh, Figtree