The Hillside course at Sandown is scheduled to host an eight-part card on Wednesday afternoon, and HorseBetting’s Victorian horse racing tipster presents his best bets, free quaddie tips and odds from Australia’s top online bookmakers. The track is rated a Soft 5 with the rail out 14m for the entire circuit, and the first race is set to go at 12:15pm AEST.
Sandown Best Bet: Hosier
Robert Hickmott brings his four-year-old son of Camelot to a metropolitan race for the first time since his arrival on these shores. His first two starts in Australia have been nothing short of impressive with a 5.5-length win and a four-length victory to his name over the Bendigo 1500m and 1600m respectively. He now steps up to the 1800m third-up, and with rain forecast on Wednesday he is bound to get conditions to suit his racing pattern to a tee. From barrier eight he will look to lead the field up, and with Ben Melham retaining the ride we expect the pair to continue their undefeated record together as Hosier will relish the track with the sting out of it.
The Chris Waller-trained Loveplanet returns from a seven-month spell on Wednesday to tackle a 1400m BM70. Following two wins to end his initial campaign, we anticipate the three-year-old Ocean Park gelding to be hard to beat in the third leg of the Sandown quaddie. He is another runner who will look to go to the front of the field, and from barrier two under Damien Thornton he should have no issue in settling in the first four and proving hard to hold out. A dominant win at Moonee Valley on December 11 showed plenty of ability, and we expect Loveplanet will bring up his third win from four starts.
The Patrick Payne-trained Santero comes to Sandown on the back of a five-week freshen up after chasing home the impressive I’m Thunderstruck at Sale on June 9. With a win and two minor placings to her name, the three-year-old presents some good value. The Hallowed Crown filly was the best of the beaten brigade last time out but managed to put 2.5 lengths on her closest rival, Estoril Park, back in third. She will need a bit of luck in the running as she tends to settle in the second half of the field, but in the small field of nine we anticipate Billy Egan will have her within striking distance when entering the home straight.