The $8,940 Judy Hayley Memorial (515m) – restricted to female trainers – highlights a terrific night of racing from Sandown Park on Thursday with the first of a dozen set to bounce at 7.09pm on Ladies Night.
Early in proceedings I’m quite keen on Time For Money, after he produced a more than handy 595m debut to be placed last week, and I’ll be looking for him to stay out the journey just a shade better (Replay).
The Judy Hayley Memorial will be held as the third race of the night and I like the chances of Crucify, who I feel is drawn ideally with only a slow beginner between himself and the rail. If he can punch through and lead he’ll take a power of catching.
The Restricted Win Final (Race 4) presents a very even field of young talent. Zipping Zeus possesses the ability to round off some impressive sections on the way home and, given he can reproduce his heat performance (Replay), he could be winning again.
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Hard Bargain is the interesting runner of the night after he debuted at the middle distance with a slick 34.19 victory (Replay). Not noted for great strength over the sprints, he made an surprising start to his 595m career after gaining sight of the lure in the initial stages. There may be a chance he could be a shade flat after such an impressive run last week but If he can repeat, he can win again.
In the last part of the night I believe there is a massive chance to make a quick dollar with Wahlberg from box one in Race 11. He stuck to Big Ticket at Warrnambool like glue last outing (Replay) and with the advantage of the inside draw, he looks set wind up in the winners circle.
James’ $20 Sandown Park Quaddie (Race 5 – 8)
2,5,6,7 / 3,7 / 2,3,4,8 / 1,4,5 (19.2%)
James’ $20 Best Bet
Wahlberg (Race 10 Box 1) – $10 Each Way