Two spectacular $21K Gr8 Eight races are the showpiece events at Sandown Park tonight.
Country cups king Yozo Bale is the star attraction in the sprint version, but he is fr from a sure thing with the likes of Providence Bale (7 of past 8), Carry On Star (2nd G1 Sapphire Crown), Special Talent (won past 4), multiple group finalist Do It and Jepara (5 of past 9) also chasing the rich spoils.
Earlier tonight, there’ll also be plenty of interest in how the uniquely gifted Gypsy Wyong (4 from 7) handles the step up to 595m.
Meanwhile, a host of stars will be heading to Warrnambool including Rocket Boy (21 from 44), former Ballarat track record holder Pirate Pete (3 of past 5) and Papi Go Fast (21 from 38), not to mention a fantastic contest between Slingshot Titan (25 from 50) v Zambora Lou (Healesville Cup).
Here’s an extensive analysis of today’s Must Watch Race, and be sure to scroll down further for 💰 The Watchdog’s $10 spend…
👀 MUST-WATCH RACE: GR8 Eight Series
HANK THE HUSTLER 🆚 ZIPPING RAMBO
📍 Sandown Park 🏁 Race 8 📏 715m ⏱ 8:38pm
The Watchdog says 🎤: We see another fantastic line-up for the Gr8 Eight Series, and it should be keenly contested throughout. ZIPPING RAMBO (4) stamped himself as the premier stayer in the land when capturing the Group 1 Sandown Cup Final and he showed his versatility by backing up the following week and winning the Speed Star over 595m. He is racing with extreme confidence at present, and he is expected to take a power of beating tonight, however there is a lot of early speed engaged for a stayer’s event and we know he does not like to be crowded, so the run to the first bend is going to be crucial. HANK THE HUSTLER (1) is a bit of a Sandown specialist, and he appears to be the obvious danger. He has scored some blistering wins over this journey previously, but he has shown that when pressured mid race, he does tend to get tired, so he too will have to do everything right in the initial stages. WHATEVER I SAY (2) is on the up and, with her early speed, she can be a nuisance to the two topliners. With a few more tries over this journey she has the potential to establish herself as a genuine topflight stayer. WEBLEC HAZE (7) rounds out the main winning chances and he represents the value. He is always competitive in races of this nature and with the abundance of early speed engaged, he should be able to drift across into a stalking position mid race and he may be able to pick them off late.
Selections: 4 – 1 – 2 – 7
📢 THE WATCHDOG’S $10 INVESTMENT 📢
📅 Thursday 24 June
💰 $2 Quaddie – 2.50% (80 combinations)
📍 Shepparton 🏁 Races 5 – 8 ⏱ 12:57pm
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/675707719/race/5
🦵 🦵: 2,4,5,6,8
🦵 🦵 🦵: 3,4,5,7
🦵 🦵 🦵 🦵: 1,4,5,9
The Watchdog says 🎤 : ALL INN BENNY (5) is far better than his form indicates, and he is expected to sprint well after a freshen up, so he appears to be a good anchor. The remaining three legs are all incredibly open and hopefully we can land some value.
💰 $3 Multi
First 🦵: Win – RIO HATO
📍 Warrnambool 🏁 Race 1 🔲 Box 2 📏 450m ⏱ 5:04pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.50 Win
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/565960238/race/1
Second 🦵: Win – BROTHER BEARING
📍 Warrnambool 🏁 Race 5 🔲 Box 8 📏 450m ⏱ 6:16pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.40 Win
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/565960238/race/5
Third 🦵: Win – PIRATE PETE
📍 Warrnambool 🏁 Race 8 🔲 Box 8 📏 450m ⏱ 7:16pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.40 Win
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/565960238/race/8
Fourth 🦵: Win – ZEAL SENSATION
📍 Warrnambool 🏁 Race 12 🔲 Box 8 📏 390m ⏱ 8:50pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.60 Win
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/565960238/race/12
The Watchdog says 🎤 : RIO HATO (2) was impressive on debut and is expected to lead throughout. BROTHER BEARING (8) and PIRATE PETE (8) both appear to have plenty on their respective rivals and look the goods at short odds. ZEAL SENSATION (8) comes into this with brilliant Wagga form, and she is expected to fire for her new kennel.
Multi price: $4.70
💰 $3 Place – MY FATHER’S SON
📍 Sandown Park 🏁 Race 7 🔲 Box 2 📏 715m ⏱ 8:19pm
TAB fixed odds: $2.30 Place
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/565960237/race/7
The Watchdog says 🎤 : This bloke can run all day and he finds himself in a race stacked with early speed. I expect them to be running along in front and he should settle in the second half of the field, however there are a few who are suspect in the closing stages, and he should be able to pick several of them off late and finish in the top three.
💰 $2 Place – WEBLEC HAZE
📍 Sandown Park 🏁 Race 8 🔲 Box 7 📏 715m ⏱ 8:40pm *** Must Watch Race***
TAB fixed odds: $3.20 Place
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/565960237/race/8
The Watchdog says 🎤 : I have only tipped him for fourth as I feel there are better winning chances, however this fella is never far away in this company, and he represents value for the place. ‘Hank’ and ‘Rambo’ are expected to set a cracking pace and I am hoping our selection can settle mid pack. With quite a few runners that are suspect late, he is a good chance to sneak into a place at decent odds.
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