THE EARLY CROW

The Sportsman Weekend - - Sandown Hillside -

THE AN­CHOR

There seems ev­ery chance Mrs Gardenia (Race 3) will start a

long odds-on favourite. She has ev­ery­thing in her favour - down in class, only 3kg over the limit, drawn per­fectly and small field to suit. She does stand out as the safest bet of the day.

THE LAY

Book­ies will be pre­pared to take a risk with Jun­gle Edge (Race 7), es­pe­cially if the rain doesn’t come as much as

ex­pected. He is the class run­ner of the race and in form af­ter a Group 3 win here a fort­night ago but he does drop back to 1000m against handy field of speed­sters.

THE STATS SPEAK

Lady Esprit (Race 7) has found con­di­tions to suit. She raced 18 times at 1000m for five wins and seven plac­ings. In fact all of her

wins have been at this trip. Also won two from three course and dis­tance and won twice on soft ground. Will take beat­ing.

AT THE TRI­ALS

There was a lot to like about the trial ef­fort of Lo­gan River (Race 1). As men­tioned in the pre­view, he did ev­ery­thing right to win in smart time and seemed have a fair bit in

re­serve at the fin­ish. Well bred type who will take toss­ing on de­but.

SEC­TIONAL STAR

Kasi Farasi (Race 2) is likely to at­tract solid sup­port. De­buted with a strong win at Pak­en­ham af­ter clock­ing the fastest last 800m, 600m, 400m and 200m. His clos­ing 200m split was an im­pres­sive 11.73s. Was at big odds that day but that won’t be the case to­mor­row. SPME01Z01MA - V1

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