Sandown Tips February 24

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WHITE HIBISCUS gets her chance to bounce back in Race 3 of the afternoon at Sandown. The former Kiwi looked a star in the making when bolting in at the Lakeside track on December 23 over the 1600m in BenchMark 64 grade before stepping out as a short price favourite at Flemington and running 5th behind Island Joy over the 1600m on January 9. On that occasion, the daughter of Animal Kingdom settled back before sweeping out wide around the turn. She produced the fastest 600m-400m split before peaking on her run late in the piece. Despite the disappointing effort, she did go five lengths faster than standard benchmark and five lengths better than the last start figures of any runner. In her Sandown win prior to that she went seven lengths faster than standard. She has had a trial since her recent run and attracted support in the early betting. Damian Lane steers from barrier 7.

Race 6 of the day is a BenchMark 64 over the 1800m and REBEL RACER can chalk up an overdue win. The Mark Kavanagh-trained galloper has had two runs this preparation for a 5th at Kilmore before running 4th at the Hillside track on February 2 over the 1600m. In that race, he settled just off them and was a bit flat footed at the top of the straight before sticking on well to run 4th. He went 0.3 lengths faster than standard and will need to improve on that effort but at his last campaign he improved more than five lengths between his second and third runs when winning at Moonee Valley over the 1600m. The 1800m should also be in his favour and when stepping up to the 2000m at Caulfield late in his last prep he went nearly 10 lengths faster than standard when 4th to Lord Bouzeron over the 2000m. They are the best figures that any horse in this race has produced since the start of 2020. He will be ridden by the star jockey, Jamie Kah, and from barrier 5 he should fight out the finish.

Best Value comes up in Race 7 and it is BEAVERBROOK that can go close at the each-way quote. The six-year-old resumed at the recent ‘rapid racing’ day at Flemington and was 5th over the 1100m behind Zipping Boy. In that race, he was slowly out and settled last before closing off solidly. He went four lengths slower than standard but his cause wasn’t helped as they ambled early on. In previous campaigns he has been a big improver on figures between his first and second runs and he improved nine lengths at his last preparation when winning over the 1000m second up at Sandown over the 1000m ahead of Explicitly and Pinyin. He wasn’t far away in stronger company throughout his last prep, while he is a two time winner at the track and trip. Will Price rides and claims the 2kg.

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