Small field for the Sandown Stakes this year, but over this trip here the favourites only win a third of the time. Given the mix of horses that have raced during the carnival, feeling there might be a value runner getting it done. Data wise, there are four main chances in Junipal, Buffalo River, Galaxy Raider and Iconoclasm. Looks to be no real pace early, and down the long straight at Sandown you think any horse in this race will be a chance. Really liking the profile of Iconoclasm at the odds, after a decent win on Cox Plate day in similar company. Buffalo River looks very strong to sit up front and kick away at the top of the straight, whilst Junipal will want a stronger pace throughout the race to try and swoop late. Galaxy Raider can’t be excluded at the odds, as if it is a messy shuffle after the turn, he has a chance to sit back and wait for his chance late. Sticking with Iconoclasm.

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Sandown Hillside Race 5 Speed Map Horse Racing Statfreaks


1 Buffalo River Obviously a strong chance on past runs, big drop in grade. Looks to lead and control the race, and Kah knows how to switch a horse off. Will be hard beat.
2 Iconoclasm O’Brien has this guy humming, and Damian Lane is due for a few big wins. He looks to get out OK and transit well off the speed. Looks to grind a time, and looks suited to Sandown. Just can’t find any reasons to knock him and think he can win. Value Runner of the Race
3 Junipal Thought he was a huge chance when scratched on Cup day. Obviously well rated, and looks to fly home well. Can’t see him not being in the finish.
4 Haripour Interesting nomination in this race, and doesn’t rate that badly. Just not sure about his ability to keep up in the early stages in this company.
5 Galaxy Raider Interesting runner that has been well rated his last few starts without a win. Changed riders a few times now, and Boss might give him the early stoke up he needs. Value.
6 Kenya Looks the leader and might try to give them something to chase. The data says he might not have the endurance to hold the others out, but I think Jye has done this recently?
7 Mr Exclusive Didn’t look like that good a run on Cup day, and the data says that he will transit OK but find it hard from that top of the straight.


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