Sandown Preview & Best Bets – Sunday August 7
Our form expert provides Sandown tips for today’s horse racing at Sandown Racecourse and gives his best bets.
Sandown Tips 7/08/2022
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Race 4 No. 2 CHAINS OF HONOUR – ($2.50)
ticks plenty of boxes in Race 4, a Hurdle over the 3400m. The six-year-old from the Maher/Eustace stable tackled the hurdles for the first time two starts ago, claiming victory at Warrnambool over the 3200m ahead of Hostar, with those two gapping the rest. Two horses from that race have gone on to win and he has been kept up to the mark with an 8th in the Gold Stayers Final on the flat a Caulfield over the 2400m. He gives the impression that he can keep progressing and will be ridden by Steven Pateman, who strikes at a whopping 46% for the stable, providing a 27% profit on turnover for punters.
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Race 1 No. 2 FLYING AGENT- ($3.40)
We open up with the $150,000 Crisp Steeplechase and FLYING AGENT should be hard to beat. He was a dominant winner at Warrnambool two starts ago, taking over before the last jump to clear out to an eight length win ahead of Yulong Place then was solid in a flat race at the Hillside circuit here on July 20, doing his best work late when 5th behind Rudyhar. Step up to the 4200m shouldn’t be an issue and seems to be going better than last year when 3rd in this race.
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Race 3 No. 2 RIVER RIBBLE – ($3.30)
This looks to be a suitable assignment for RIVER RIBBLE. The Anthony & Sam Freedman galloper was a dominant winner when resuming in Maiden grade at Cranbourne before jumping to a Saturday race at Caulfield and finishing runner-up behind Thorn Bone. Nothing wrong with missing out behind that horse, who has won three on the trot and worth pointing out that he was well supported in the betting that day to start as a $2.20 favourite. The son of Ribchester drops back to a BenchMark 64 and is the one to beat for mine.
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Race 7 No. 1 KOOLED – ($3)
KOOLED should be hard to beat in Race 7. The Ben Brisbourne-trained galloper has been excellent in some Saturday races at his current prep with form around Passive Aggressive and Squid Game before winning at Caulfield over the 1100m in a 3YO Handicap. The new season four-year-old has since run a narrow 4th behind Big Apple at Caulfield going a very healthy 10.4 lengths faster than standard. He went 10.7 lengths faster at his start prior. That is better than what any horse in this race has produced and eight lengths better than the class average. The large claim gets him down to a winnable weight and he can add to his record of four wins from 11 starts.