Sandown Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday March 22
Our form expert provides Sandown tips for today’s horse racing at Sandown Racecourse and gives his best bets.
Sandown Tips 22/3/2023
BEST BET 🏆 (WIN)
Race 1 No. 4 SIMEON- ($2.15)
Looking for an early winner o start the day and it is SIMEON that can get the job done after a debut effort that saw him finish runner-up at Pakenham. The Busuttin & Young galloper settled handy in the 1200m affair on March 9 but was unable to reel in Who Dares. He was held up briefly at the top of the straight and may have finished a fraction closer. The son of Pierro went 2.5 lengths slower than standard benchmark, which is five lengths better than the next best last start figures of any runner. With improvement to come at his second start, he should be hard to beat.
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Race 4 No.7 CIRCLE OF MAGIC – ($5)
CIRCLE OF MAGIC has been knocking on the door in recent times and can go one spot better than a last start effort that saw her finish runner-up over the 1200m at the Lakeside circuit on March 8. She settled handy that day and just missed at the business end behind Little Miss Gutsaa. The Mark & Levi Kavanagh-trained galloper went a healthy 7.4 lengths faster than standard benchmark that day and held her figure at her fourth run last time. Blake Shinn jumps on board and has had recent success for the stable.
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Race 7 No. 1 MR TICKLES – ($8)
MR TICKLES might be worth sticking with in Race 7 for the three-year-olds. The John McArdle-trained galloper was a last start winner in a small field at Pakenham, leading all the way to defeat Philadelphia Storm by nearly two lengths in a BenchMark 64. He led and kicked clear at the 300m to win comfortably and looked to have more to offer. The son of Magnus rises in grade but looks up to the task and wouldn’t mind seeing Jamie Mott punch up on the speed from barrier 10.
BEST VALUE 💰(EACH-WAY)
Race 2 No. 7 VIVIDREDSKY – ($18)
We stretch out over the 3000m in Race 2 and VIVIDREDSKY shapes as an each-way player at the double figure odds. The Paul Preusker-trained galloper comes in full of fitness and was runner-up at his first go at the trip. That came at his most recent start, which was at Moonee Valley on February 24 when filling the exacta behind Rebel Racer. That horse has since come out and claimed the Adelaide Cup (3200m) and he went 3.6 lengths faster than standard benchmark, which is the best last start figure of any runner. Worth a shot at the odds.