Bells Are Ringin has found herself running at Black Caviar odds as she steps from box eight in a field of five to open proceedings at Sandown Park on Thursday night. The only heat for this feature staying final was decimated by scratchings and with only five finalists Bells Are Ringin looks set to dominate the almost $17,000 feature (Replay). I’m expecting a similar result to the heat with my overall selections 8-2-1-6-4.
The Group 3 Sir John Dillon Memorial (595m) is the highlight for the twelve race program and Secret Spell looks the goods for mine. The beautifully bred daughter of Bartrim Bale and Wicked Witch produced decent closing sectionals in her heat (Replay) and I think she can show similar pace to her recent Group 1 victory in the Hume Cup (600m) at The Meadows in this distance range (Replay). In a race that looks to lack superior early pace, I’ll be looking for the yellow rug to set up a unassailable lead in the early part which will carry the Bravo trained chaser to victory.
The FFA comes up as the eighth event of the night and the recent Melbourne Cup placegetter Black Illusion looks set to return to the top end of the table at headquarters. Jailor Bale has drawn the inside box with Black Illusion in two, which should assist him in gaining a cheap run through in the initial section of the race which should have him overpowering rivals in the mid to latter stages.
Sporting the Jason Thompson polish, Invictus Rapid has come up with the red box in the last race on the program and after showing great consistency in his first 13 starts, he looks set to rack up his sixth win and send punters home on the right note.
That wraps up the preview on what will be a fast class night of racing at Sandown Park.
WATCH: Secret Spell (6) runs second to No Donuts (1) in her Sir John Dillon heat, but she can turn the tables in the final.