Sandown tips & form for Easter Monday, April 2

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WE’RE back at Sandown this Monday and a lot of attention will be on the Monday meet.

A public holiday will ensure plenty of eyeballs are on the Melbourne track throughout the afternoon, but rather than poring over the form yourself over the Easter break allow us to do it for you.

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Race 1 – Maiden (1600m)

We’re expecting a win from the Dangerwood Cats in the AFL and its namesake in the gallops. The horse resumes here after a disappointing opening preparation but by all reports the gelding ready to fire after 13 months away from the track.

Race 1 tip: Dangerwood to win ($9.50 at Sportsbet)

Race 2 – Maiden (1600m)

Gelding Maclairey has progressed nicely this campaign, culminating in a last-start second at Pakenham, just eight parts of a length away from a win. It was a vast improvement on the debut run, so if it again progresses it will be right in the mix.

Race 2 tip: Maclairey to win ($7.50 at William Hill)

Race 3 – Benchmark 64 (1400m)

Kardashing drops back in class here and looks the runner to beat. The promising three-year-old jumps from barrier one and will be good enough to be in the leading division early. Forget the last-start, this is a much easier affair.

Race 3 tip: Kardashing to win ($7 at Sportsbet)

Race 4 – Benchmark 70 (1500m)

It has been a promising start to the career for Herecomesmybaby. The horse has two wins and a placing from three starts, including a strong Class 1 victory on March 22. This appears to be within the horse’s grasp if the progression continues.

Race 4 tip: Herecomesmybaby to win ($2.90 at Sportsbet)

Race 5 – Benchmark 70 (1400m)

Patricia Anne is the horse to beat here. After a five month break the mare should be refreshed and ready to fire. The horse has a record of a win and a second placing over two runs at the distance, and from a great gate it will be right in the frame to win a third race from 12 attempts.

Race 5 tip: Patricia Anne to win ($6.50 at William Hill)

Race 6 – Benchmark 70 (1300m)

Niamh Chinn Oir has been great this preparation, winning once and placing second in back-to-back events. The horse drops back slightly in class after a BM78 second against the girls, and while it is back against the blokes here we believe the four-year-old can deliver.

Race 6 tip: Niamh Chinn Oir to win ($9 at Neds)

Race 7 – Benchmark 70 (1000m)

A drop back in class will be beneficial for Steel Of Madrid. The horse had recorded a hat-trick before being found out at BM80 level. We think this is Steel Of Madrid’s rating right now is around this mark.

Race 7 tip: Steel Of Madrid to win ($10 at Ladbrokes)

Race 8 – Benchmark 64 (1300m)

The second-up Lakhoni should be in the mix here. The horse won brilliantly as a short-priced favourite at this level on March 13 and while its a big jump in weight, it can go back-to-back for the first time in its career.

Race 8 tip: Lakhoni to win ($3.90 at Crownbet)