THE limelight of the final meeting of the Spring Carnival turns to Sandown with the running of the Zipping Classic, Sandown Cup and Sandown Guineas:
LISTED $120,000 MERSON COOPER STAKES. 1000-metres.
SELECTIONS: 1 LONG LEAF; 7 Oohood; 2 Sanglier; 3 Inukanjdi.
BEST ROUGHIE: 5 SECRET BLAZE.
SUGGESTED BET: Box Trifecta: 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 7.
LONG LEAF came from off the pace to win impressively Morphettville in SA only start. Bred to be a good horse and in top hands. Go well. OOHOOD I Am Invincible filly on debut, in great 2YO hands, trialled quietly coming in, will have ability. SANGLIER Godolphin runner, beaten 3-lengths 6th Maribyrnong Trial, Flemington on debut. Better for that. INUKANDJI in astute hands, nicely bred, worth watching market moves.
LISTED $120,000 TWILIGHT GLOW STAKES. 1400-metres.
SELECTIONS: 1 SPLIT LIP; 3 Luqyaa; 5 Yulong Xingsheng; 4 Lady Of Crebilly.
BEST ROUGHIE: 13 SHAGRA.
SUGGESTED BET: SPLIT LIP each-way.
SPLIT LIP followed 4th G3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes, Caulfield, with 6th Jorda, Flemington, G3 Red Roses. This trip now ideal, run well from gate 1. LUQYAA got a long wayback before charging home 2nd Our Crown Mistress, Flemington, Cup week. Hard to beat. YULONG XINGSHENG followed 2nd in Reginald Allen before 4th Our Crown Mistress,Flemington Cup week. Genuine chance. LADY OF CREBILLY has won past two in SA, looks smart, respect.
LISTED $150,000 SANDOWN CUP. 3200-metres.
SELECTIONS: 2 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN; 3 Fanatic; 4 Swacadelic; 5 Doukhan.
BEST ROUGHIE: 1 HAVANA COOLER.
SUGGESTED BET: GALLIC CHIEFTAIN to win.
GALLIC CHIEFTAIN is ready to win. Charged home 2nd just missed Geelong Cup before back to last, finished very hard 5th G3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Flemington Cup week. The one to beat. FANATIC appreciated the 2800m of Flemington race Cup week, strong late to win well. Chance here over further. SWACADELIC is a really tough stayer, came from last when 3rd Fanatic, Flemington. This suits, go well.
GROUP 3 $150,000 KEVIN HEFFERNAN STAKES. 1300-metres.
SELECTIONS: 3 ILLUSTRIOUS LAD: 8 Ocean Embers; 7 Thronium; 1 Burning Front.
BEST ROUGHIE: 4 JUNGLE EDGE.
SUGGESTED BET: ILLUSTRIOUS LAD each-way.
ILLUSTRIOUS LAD followed top 2nd Super Cash G2 Schillaci Stakes, Caulfield with close 6th Rich Charm G2 Linlithgow, Flemington. Hard to beat. OCEAN EMBERS not disgraced 8th of 8 Snitty Kitty, G2 Caulfield then big winner Listed 1200m race Flemington Cup week. Hard to beat again from this gate. THRONIUM was eye-catching winner last time, led and won by five in a ‘78’. This much harder but he looked very good last time.
GROUP 3 $150,000 CHANDLER MACLEOD RECRUITMENT STAKES. 1100-metres.
SELECTIONS: 2 HELLOVA STREET; 6 Dollar For Dollar; 8 Land Of Plenty; 3 Moss ‘N’ Dale.
BEST ROUGHIE: 4 DUKE OF BRUNSWICK.
SUGGESTED BET: HELLOVA STREET to win.
HELLOVA STREET has won 14 from 32, best galloper in Tassy, last start led throughout when brave winner Flemington G3 Chatham Stakes. Go close again. DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR emerging galloper now won 6 of just 11 starts, had run of race when dashing winner Flemington Cup week. Go well again. LAND OF PLENTY good horse racing well, flashed home when 2nd Dollar For Dollar Cup week. Chance again. MOSS ‘N’ DALE always competitive.
LISTED $120,000 DOVETON STAKES. 1000-metres.
SELECTIONS: 10 THELBURG; 3 Crystal Dreamer; 2 Gun Case; 1 Derryn.
BEST ROUGHIE: 7 OLIVIER.
SUGGESTED BET: THELBURG each-way.
THELBURG resumed in a 955m heat at MV 8th of 9, held-up, should have nearly won. Still fresh here, will be very strong late. CRYSTAL DREAMER followed 6th Snitty Kitty, G2 Caulfield Sprint with 2nd Listed Mumm Stakes, Flemington Cup week. Hard to beat here. GUN CASE great 1000m horse, has won 3 of past 4, latest MV. Tough to beat, always is! DERRYN fresh will be dangerous late.
GROUP 2 $300,000 ZIPPING CLASSIC. 2400-metres.
SELECTIONS: 1 ALMANDIN; 2 Big Duke; 8 The Taj Mahal; 4 Berisha.
BEST ROUGHIE: 4 BERISHA.
SUGGESTED BET: ALMANDIN to win.
ALMANDIN was wide and very brave when 12th in Melbourne Cup last start when equal favourite. Has gate 1 here at level weights, pitched-in! BIG DUKE very serious stayer, had fabulous record before ran on great 4th in Melbourne Cup. Super fit and he looks the danger. THE TAJ MAHAL much improved run when rode the speed and battled on well 4th G1 Mackinnon, Tosen Stardom last week. Has a great winning chance on that effort.
GROUP 2 $250,000 SANDOWN GUINEAS. 1600-metres.
SELECTIONS: 3 BLACK SAIL; 1 Snitzepeg; 2 Beau Geste; 8 Vinland.
BEST ROUGHIE: 5 ICON OF DUBAI.
SUGGESTED BET: BLACK SAIL each-way. Box Quinella: 1 – 2 – 3.
BLACK SAIL is a very brave horse, has been close 2nd at his past three starts, latest wide throughout, just missed Flemington Cup week. Due for one of these. SNITZEPEG got long way back, roared home when close 5th Levendi, Carbine Club Stakes Flemington Cup week. Go close. BEAU GESTE similar story in Carbine Club, long way back, charged late close 4th Levendi. Hard to beat. VINLAND is an emerging 3YO with a genuine chance.
GROUP 3 $150,000 ECLIPSE STAKES. 1800-metres.
SELECTIONS: 6 RAW IMPULSE; 1 Kidmenever; 3 Balf’s Choice; 10 Payroll.
BEST ROUGHIE: 2 OBSERVATIONAL.
SUGGESTED BET: RAW IMPULSE to win.
RAW IMPULSE was very good when 3rd in the Sale Cup before being held-up, out late, flashed and just missed Fastnet Tempest, Flemington Cup week. Hard to beat. KIDMENEVER import, ran OK Australian debut made pace and tired late, now shorter trip and has a good record overseas this distance range. Respect. BALF’S CHOICE top SA galloper, won Seymour Cup before very solid 4th Odeon, Flemington Cup week. Has strong claims, as too does PAYROLL who flew in the G2 mares’ race last Saturday.
GROUP 3 $150,000 SUMMONED STAKES. 1500-metres.
SELECTIONS: 8 PETITION; 2 Invincibella; 1 Ravi; 2 Oregon’s Day.
BEST ROUGHIE: 10 MRS GARDENIA.
SUGGESTED BET: PETITION each-way.
PETITION was closing 4th G2 Blazer, Flemington, before again charging late 4th G2 Tristarc, Caulfield, Global Glamour the winner. Looks tough here. INVINCIBELLA won two on end in Sydney before 3rd Lubiton G3 Tesio, MV Cox Plate day, then charged again when just missed 2nd Tahanee, Flemington Cup week. Go close. RAVI is top class Sydney mare, form is very solid. Has a strong winning chance. OREGON’S DAY mixing her form but has the ability to win here on her day. Rates highly.
Tips and Selections provided by Bookmaker CrownBet.