Sandown review compiled by Rick Williams
Race 1. 1400M City of Opportunity Handicap GO KATRINA CHRIS SYMONS 1st $5 OUR SPIRITS BAY JAKE NOONAN 2nd $5.50 STELLA COMMAND LUKE NOLEN 3rd $26Go Katrina was on the limit and drawn the inside in a race where there didn’t look to be a lot of pace. Our Spirits Bay was coming off a month between runs and ran well to lead at a solid clip and hold on for 2nd in what was quite a bunched finish. Worth noting: The favourite Volando has had 12 starts on good and dead tracks for no wins and just 4 placings. Race 2. 2100M Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce Handicap PLACEMENT KATELYN MALLYON 1st $8.50 TANAH LOT DAMIEN OLIVER 2nd $4.40 HEEZ BORN LUCKY NOEL CALLOW 3rd $6.50 Placement burst through in the last 100m for just her 2nd win in 28 starts. She had form through the very promising Power O’Raylee but wasn’t well fancied in this with a poor winning strike-rate. She needed a soft run to just get up. The hot favourite Apres didnt settle at all in the first 400 and was never going to have anything left at the finish. That’s not the first time he’s done that and he’s a regular in stewards reports. Worth noting: Some horses just keep finding trouble and Apres looks to be one of those. Race 3. 1600M The Greater Dandenong Weekly Handicap SPIRIT SONG BRAD RAWILLER 1st $4F GOD HELP HER CRAIG WILLIAMS 2nd $7 PROCIDA GLEN BOSS 3rd $4.60 Spirit Song had a great run 3rd the fence, got out at the right time and let down well to win very easily. Trainer Aaron Purcell has had her for 4 starts for 3 wins and a half-length second to Grenada Road. Procida is a get-back horse who is always going to need luck in running. The leader Court Ya was having her 3rd start in 18 days and compounded in the straight to run 7th. Worth noting: Spirit Song has been first or second at the turn in 8 straight races and these types of on-pace horses are very consistent betting propositions. Race 4. 1300M AC Goulding Airconditioning Handicap GREAT DAME CHRIS SYMONS 1st $4.60F SEGUE MARK ZAHRA 2nd $11 THE GOOD WIFE MICHAEL RODD 3rd $5 An early double for Chris Symons thanks to a smart front running ride coming across from barrier 10. Great Dame was coming off an 8 length win first up at Stony Creek and handled the big jump in class in great style. Clearly a raw talent with a big future possibly over more ground. Divine Madonna’s half-sister The Good Wife also shows plenty of promise for the Kavanagh stable. The experiment of stepping Song Of The Bell up in distance was a failure. Worth noting: Backing horses in the city off a maiden win is a losing proposition, but ones like these that can defy that class rise, step up so quickly and run time (class record) are well worth following. Race 5. 1600M Swettenham Stud Summer Championship Final OVER QUOTA PETER MERTENS 1st $15 AGRIPPA DWAYNE DUNN 2nd $7 GIRESUN STEVEN ARNOLD 3rd $4.80F Over Quota came into the race off two big priced wins ($15 and $61) and was at a big price again here ($15). Mertens settled Over Quota in a lovely spot one out and one back and he finished well to beat the very consistent Agrippa. The winner looks like he will get further than a mile. Belgietto has gone 15 starts without a win despite being fancied in most of those. Comeback jockey Glen Boss was thrown off Josimar as they jumped when the horse buckled. Worth noting: The win brought up a double (from just 2 runners) for trainer Greg Eurell. Race 6. 1400M City of Greater Dandenong Cup ADAMS BELL DANNY NIKOLIC 1st $10 VALEDICTORIAN CRAIG WILLIAMS 2nd $4.20 FLASH KID JACOB RULE 3rd $31 Danny Nikolic needed all of his vigour and every bit of the 1400m to get Adams Bell over the line and just nail Valedictorian. That was his first win in his last 16 starts and he did it the hard way racing 3 wide the trip and grinding away in the straight. The runner up never runs a bad race. Ben Zena started favourite, enjoyed a good run but didn’t show any acceleration in the straight. Worth noting: Adams Bell will need to be very well placed by Nikki Burke to be winning again soon. Race 7. 1400M Hilton Manufacturing Handicap BOMBALATOMBA BRAD RAWILLER 1st $6 WESTCHESTER MARK ZAHRA 2nd $18 HENWOOD STEVEN KING 3rd $5.50 Bombalatomba finished well to score a narrow but fairly impressive win over a gallant Westchester. That made it a double for Brad Rawiller which was a good effort considering the previous Saturday he had to ride at Moe to get a decent book. Unfortunately for Rawiller he now has to take an enforced holiday. Bombalatomba will be aimed at some of the bigger races over the Autumn carnival but he wont want to be giving the topliners a big head start. He’d featured in the stewards reports in all 5 of his career runs before this. Westchester was coming back 200m in distance and had to drop back to the rear from a wide barrier so his effort to make the winner fight all the way was very good, especially considering the big gap to 3rd. Worth noting: Henwood was super on debut and solid here so keep a watch on him. Race 8. 1200M Sportingbet Handicap PAGO ROCK LUKE NOLEN 1st $3.90 LIKE AN EAGLE DAMIEN OLIVER 2nd $3.30F THAT’S NOT IT CHRIS SYMONS 3rd $6 The two highly fancied runners were both Perth horses resuming from a spell and they ran the quinella in a head bobber that could have gone either way. Like An Eagle isn’t overly endowed with tactical speed, whereas Pago Rock always gets to a position where he makes his own luck. Like An Eagle is very promising. Worth noting: Moody’s flat patch late last year (by his lofty standards) looks to be well and truly over.
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester
Race 11st Nocturnelle Glyn Schofield 2nd Pectin Peter Robl 3rd Mickelberg Blake Shinn Trick Shot eventually worked across from a three wide position early to lead Follow My Lead with Mickelberg taking the trail. Glyn Schofield knew he had a fair horse under him and let Nocturnelle settle a clear last after bungling the start. In the straight she unleashed a powerful run to win going away. Pectin tried hard by realistically was no match for the winner. Saramenha found itself wide for a good bit of the race and although not beating many home was a fair run. Follow: Nocturnelle, Saramenha Race 2 1st Jade Marauder Glyn Schofield 2nd Almighty Charge Tom Berry 3rd Rampaging Hugh Bowman Race two basically was the Jade Marauder stakes and an early double to Glyn Schofield. It was another horse to settle right back near last and unwind a big finish. You don’t see this often in two year old races and although there was a fair pace on, you have to say all honours were with her. It was the turn of foot just around the home turn that won the race and this was maintained in the run to the line. The run of Almighty Charge was good, leading and sprinting away from the rest of the field on straightening and Rampaging will be improved following its debut run for third. Follow: Almighty Charge, Rampaging. Jade Marauder likely to start short from here on. Race 3 1st Fontelina Blake Shinn 2nd Said Com Hugh Bowman 3rd Prosperity Aethon Sam Clipperton Said Com was ridden perhaps a touch too confidently by Hugh Bowman, going back to last. He looked like he would get up on the straight but perhaps shirked the task a little bit late in the race and went under narrowly. Maybe I am being harsh and it just wants further or needed the run. There was a strong pace set by Road To Summer but it never actually crossed to the fence with Wild And Proud kicking up inside it. Those two were quickly beaten in the straight. Fontelina and Said Com had the race set up for them and it was Fontelina who found plenty to get the win. Follow: None to follow Race 4 1st Al’s Magic Miss Sam Clipperton 2nd La Remlap Shaun Guymer 3rd Girls Go Racing Hugh Bowman La Remlap went along genuinely in the lead and did its best to hold off Al’s Magic Miss that sat outside of it. Al’s Magic Miss really dug in the last 50m and it was a pretty fair win. Girls Go Racing which had missed the start made good ground but be careful if it continues to display poor barrier manners. Chula Vista was making good ground down the outside in the last part of the race. Follow: Chula Vista Race 5 1st Steps In Time Jim Cassidy 2nd Onthelookout Adam Hyeronimous 3rd Star Of Octagonal Robert Thompson The Pumper earned his money here having to ride Steps In Time a bit to find the lead and then having to get stuck into it the last bit to get it home, but in the end it was, I suppose, a comfortable enough win. Onthelookout ran a great race for second but it was the third horse Star Of Octagonal that I thought might take the most improvement from this race and has a win in store soon. At about the 200m it was a real chance of bursting through for second but its fitness possibly gave out the last bit. Follow: Star Of Octagonal, Chula Vista Race 6 1st Slow The Flow Glyn Schofield 2nd Radar Tom Berry 3rd So Generous Matthew Cahill So Generous and Duke Of Cornwall raced each other for the lead which left Happy Finish and Midnight At Ascot three and four wide respectively. Radar got a pretty cushy run about three lengths off the lead. Slow The Flow was smothered away in the second half of the field the entire race and it appeared evident on the turn it had plenty to give. It took a little while to find clear running but then pinged like a pretty good horse. Single Warrior was making excellent ground in the straight to run fourth. Follow: Single Warrior Race 7 1st Tigress Lily Blake Shinn 2nd Miracle Magic Tom Berry 3rd Okane Josh Adams Due to an inside draw, Umatain found the lead but disputed that spot early with Miracle Magic and Surge Draw. Tigress Lilly was smothered away in the run and was bolting on the turn but when he decided to get into the clear on it, there was little regard for the horses outside of it, namely Bielski and Mangaroa Flyer. You can put a line through both of them so bad was the interference. Okane is another that may have done more however checked badly off heels just before the turn and was lucky not to come down. The winner did sprint well but it is a difficult race to assess from a future view point. Follow: None to follow Race 8 1st Skateboard Rod Quinn 2nd World Wide Blake Shinn 2nd Acta Non Verba Sam Clipperton Skateboard jumped well and then took a cushy sit on the fence behind the pace. Bereft was three wide all day and you can forget its run. Sienna Red had an easy run and finished off ok but there were clearly two future winners in this race which were World Wide and Diamond Jim. Both horses have been going very well since coming back from their spells and you would think something around the 1800 – 2200m range will suit now. Follow: World Wide, Diamond Jim Specials from the meeting: Almighty Charge, Star Of Octagonal, World Wide, Diamond Jim