Sandown Hillside Horse Betting Preview – February 24, 2021
An eight-race program is set down for decision on the Hillside track at Sandown on Wednesday afternoon. With a perfect day for racing forecasted, we look set to remain on a Good 4. The rail is out 12m for the entire circuit, so it may be advantageous to be close to the speed throughout the running. The first as Sandown is set to jump at 3:40pm AEDT.
Best Bet: White Hibiscus
Having been scratched from Caulfield on the weekend, White Hibiscus is set to resume following a six-week freshen up. The Danny O’Brien-trained mare was disappointing at Flemington on January 9 but trialled well at Geelong on January 28 in her last outing. The wide barrier should be no great issue in a field of seven, as the four-year-old should not be too far from the speed even at the rear of the field. Expect Damian Lane to ask for an effort at the 300m and then watch as White Hibiscus does her best work late.
Surely it is third time’s a charm for the Tom Dabernig & David Hayes-trained Bellinger, who comes to Sandown third up from a spell on the back of two consecutive runner-up performances at Pakenham. He is a galloper who tends to settle in the second half of the field, and the long straight on the Hillside track will allow him to go through the gears nicely as he finishes over the top of the frontrunners. Some of Bellinger’s races to date have proved to be strong form indicators, suggesting a win is not too far away.
Coming off successive wins at Warrnambool and Colac, the Symon Wilde-trained Aurora’s Symphony looks well placed under apprentice jockey Will Price, whose 2kg claim gets the gelding in at 60.5kg. His win on February 14 at Colac saw him jump from barrier one and head straight to the front, where he stayed for the entire race. In what looks to be the toughest event on the card to find a winner, a horse in winning form is the one you most likely would want to follow.