It’s Long’s Time to shine

The Sportsman Weekend - - Sandown Hillside -

RACE 1

Pre­dic­tions of heavy rain to­day and to­mor­row could change track con­di­tions markedly. I’m work­ing on a track that could be in the Soft 4-5 range but its guess­work at the mo­ment. 5.

LO­GAN RIVER is a nicely bred type by all-con­quer­ing sire Snitzel and loved the way he ex­tended over fi­nal stages to win his Cran­bourne trial in pretty quick time. Looked to have a lot up his sleeve as well.

2. CORONEL started favourite on de­but be­hind Qafila at Caulfield last month on the back of some smart jumpouts. He didn’t be­gin the best and got strung up be­hind horses ap­proach­ing the bend be­fore hav­ing to swing very wide and los­ing mo­men­tum on turn. Since tri­alled well at Cran­bourne has to be given an­other chance. 6. SANC­TI­MO­NIOUS won his trial at Cran­bourne in ef­fort­less fash­ion too but time was slightly slower than Lo­gan River pro­duced on the same day. Still, he looks smart. 7. SEBERATE found the line with gusto in a trial at Be­nalla and is also nicely bred.

RACE 2

5. HOLY FREEZE turned in a re­mark­able per­for­mance when a fast-clos­ing third to Echo Jet on the Lake­side cir­cuit 10 days ago. He didn’t get clear gal­lop­ing room un­til closer to the 300m mark and then, when he saw day­light, he un­leashed an amaz­ing sprint, clock­ing a slick 11.07s for his last 200m. Not many horses of his grade can pro­duce such quick clos­ing sec­tion­als. He meets Echo Jet 2.5kg bet­ter on that run, ex­tra 100m is ab­so­lutely ideal and he is al­ready a heavy track win­ner, so it won’t bother him if it is wet. The one to beat.

1. ECHO JET had the mo­men­tum to be able to over­come Pre­vail­ing Winds and Holy Freeze last start. He’s a promis­ing type who will set­tle in mid­field and then charge late. 3. MEM­ORY

BANK was only beaten 3 lens by G1 per­former Tulip on de­but and has looked good win­ning only two starts from a spell. Beat Black And Tan two runs back and that horse was im­pres­sive here on Wed­nes­day. 6. KASI

FARASI at big odds but there was no fluke about the way he won at Pak­en­ham on de­but. Clocked best last 800m, 600m, 400m and 200m of the race. Will be prom­i­nent again.

RACE 3

Hard to go past 1. MRS GARDENIA. Did have the lovely run be­hind the lead­ers, got split at right time and dashed clear only to be run down late by Long Time Ago in G3 grade here a fort­night ago. Back to Bm84 grade in this, af­ter the claim she has only 3kg over limit, will get the run of race again and

been placed in soft go­ing. Looks one to beat. 3. TOFFEE NOSE re­sumed as favourite at Bendigo last start and never re­ally got into the race be­hind Sword Of Jus­tice. Bet­ter suited step­ping up to mile, will be fit­ter and small field helps.

2. MILES OF KRISHAN was beaten less than a length be­hind Amelie’s Star in G2 grade in Ade­laide back May. A lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing at Flem­ing­ton on Cup Day but has been fresh­ened for this. 5. LA FLEURETTE has been placed over this course and dis­tance and sound ef­fort in the Don­ald Cup last start.

RACE 4

Go­ing to stick with 1. STORM

HAR­BOUR in a tricky race. Had a lit­tle dif­fi­culty find­ing clear gal­lop­ing at the top of the straight but once in day­light, he knuck­led down re­ally well to win run­ning away. Clocked best last 800m, 600m, 400m and last 200m of 11.41s to win with some­thing in hand. Still not badly treated at the weights only 3kg over

limit af­ter the claim. Drawn to get nice run again and will take beat­ing. 6. VIN­LAND drops back from con­test­ing the Sandown Guineas two weeks ago. Looked some chance at the 200m mark but was then over­run late. Easy win­ner at Bendigo be­fore that and the third horse that day has since come out and won. No fluke about de­but win of

5. ATONE at Morn­ing­ton. Put a gap on them in the last lit­tle bit in what was an im­pres­sive dis­play. Can only be bet­ter for the run. 4. JUS­TICE GLORY is also down in grade and will be run­ning on. Wouldn’t sur­prised to see 9. GRAND CASINO run a race ei­ther. His last start ef­fort at $101 be­hind All Too Huiy­ing

Flem­ing­ton was bet­ter than it looks on pa­per.

RACE 5

Tough­est race all day. Pre­pared to gam­ble on the abil­ity of 13. SILENT GEN­ERAL. There was a lot like about way he bolted in maiden class at Echuca two weeks ago. Trapped wide with­out cover from the 800m mark but then ral­lied in straight to gather in his ri­vals with ease and win run­ning away. Clocked fastest last 800m, 600m and 400m of the race. Drawn well here and, although up in class, will give you a great sight. 11. TELL THE

TRUTH was only just beaten by Gaut­eng Gal at Sale last start af­ter be­ing slowly away. All the bet­ter for the first run from a break. Has some form around likes of Toffee Nose and Ti­amo Grace. Can threaten here. 16.

UR­BAN ROYAL re­sumed and charged home late to win on the line at Sey­mour. Clocked fast sec­tion­als, in­clud­ing last 200m of 11.94s which was a sec­ond faster than the other 1300m race on the same day. Should go well. 1. IZENASHARK is rac­ing well and helped with the claim here.

RACE 6

Hard to tip against 8. SPRIGHTLY LASS who has been in daz­zling form. Un­beaten three starts, in­clud­ing a siz­zling all the way win at Moonee Val­ley last time when she gave noth­ing else a chance. Drops 4.5kg here in this harder grade but drawn per­fectly to use her gate speed. Will be front and take a power of run­ning down. 6. MISS WON­DER­LAND is re­sum­ing but had solid form when last in work, in­clud­ing a close third to Spright and Su­per Too at Flem­ing­ton. Has tri­alled well and will be run­ning on strongly. 1. DANCE WITH

FONTEIN is at her best at this trip and suited af­ter the claim. Far from dis­graced be­hind Crys­tal Dreamer here in Listed class last start. 2. CHIAVARI has yet to miss a place three starts at this course and dis­tance and will wel­come re­turn to this grade.

RACE 7

5. LADY ESPRIT is at her top now and had con­di­tions made to or­der. All five of her wins have been at this trip and she’s notched two wins a sec­ond from three tries at the track and trip. Found the line strongly when chas­ing home Crys­tal Dreamer in stakes grade here last start. She also han­dles soft ground well. The one to beat. 2.

GUN CASE meets Lady Esprit slightly bet­ter at the weights af­ter his fight­ing third to Crys­tal Dreamer. Also a 1000m spe­cial­ist who in­vari­ably races well here.

1. JUN­GLE EDGE is the class run­ner and right back to his best win­ning in G3 grade here a fort­night ago. If the rain does come, he’ll be fin­ish de­spite drop­ping in dis­tance. 4. ROCK ‘N’

GOLD is hon­est and will fig­ure the fin­ish.

RACE 8

Loved the way 3. LONG TIME

AGO re­sumed with such a dy­namic win here a fort­night ago. Well back in the ruck on the turn and spot­ted lead­ers a size­able break half way down straight but hit the line hard to win run­ning away. Does shoot up in weight will wel­come the ex­tra dis­tance and drawn nicely. Yet to win sec­ond-up but don’t let that worry you. 1. COLDSTONE is also drawn well and suited with the claim. Fought on nicely be­hind Fast­net Tem­pest at Flem­ing­ton three weeks ago and this grade suits. 9. NIGHT’S

WATCH charged home late to beat all but An­other Coldie at Flem­ing­ton on Oaks day. Drops a lot in weight and sure to be run­ning on well again. 7. POR­TION

CON­TROL is down in grade and can im­prove sharply.

RACE 9

Hard race with a host of chances. Set­tled on 6. MIL­WAU­KEE, who is a promis­ing type. Did all the work pace and still too strong for Divine Qual­ity at Sale, also beat­ing sub­se­quent win­ners Star For­tune and Tad­dei Tondo, and then again led and fought on well be­hind Dol­lar For Dol­lar at Flem­ing­ton on Cup Day. Given a freshen up and will make his own luck near the speed. 11. AN­CIENT HIS­TORY in­ter­ests me. Former English gal­loper who was gelded be­fore a strong sec­ond to Star For­tune at Cran­bourne. He’ll be even fit­ter now and rates strongly de­spite his bad draw. 9. DATA POINT has con­di­tions to suit. Drawn per­fectly and he does act well on soft ground. Has won twice and sec­ond twice from four first-up tries. 13. MOONLOVER was only just nut­ted at the Val­ley last start af­ter a strong win at Morn­ing­ton. Can threaten from the nice bar­rier.

Long Time Ago.

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