This Thursday night Sandown Park is set to conduct a classy 12 race program with the boxes set to open for the first at 7.06pm.
The unbeaten Eren Bale looks to continue on his winning ways after three impressive wins from three starts to date. After drawing the six alley on Sunday I thought his will-to-win was outstanding as he worked around to claim the lead in the back straight. This potential super star then broke away to another convincing win in 29.58 (Replay) and I believe it was his most impressive after having to work so hard throughout. He looks ideally drawn from box two in the first on Thursday and I’ll be expecting the son of Bella Infrared to remain unbeaten.
Despite running fourth, Quarrel Bale caught my eye as he flew to the post in a heat of the Warragul Cup (Replay). After finding early bother, the Steven Collins prepared veteran motored home and it looked a perfect lead-up to his assignment at Sandown Park. Drawn to follow the wide running leader on his inside (Lektra Utopia), there will be a stack of room on the fence for Quarrel Bale to rail home and claim victory.
The Maidment Memorial, the first of the two listed events, comes up as the sixth race of the night over the 595m. Lithgow Panther has been racing in terrific form over the middle distances since joining the Rob Britton kennel and I could see him controlling this superb field. A top class field lines up at the corner start so there’ll be no room for error for any chasing the $15,000 first prize.
The Australian Sprint looks a cracking race (race 8) and I’m leaning toward the red runner in Polijuice Potion. There’s no doubt she could get outpaced after a few longer runs but if she can step like she did here three starts ago (Replay), she could lead and win.
The last of the night is set to bounce at 10.58pm, so good luck and happy punting!