Irish Butterfly

Midweek Best Bets

Mid-week racing heads to Sandown once again this week, the rail comes out 3m this time around on the Hillside track.

The track has been lightly raced so should be in good condition come Wednesday afternoon.

Race 1: To The Barricades ran well from a fair way back on debut for second, that was on a heavy track which makes it all the more impressive. Winner of that went on and won again on Friday night at the Valley. The one to beat ($3.60 Playup). Beau Belle comes here fresh, ran behind Rubisaki who won at Flemington next time out, has the potential to be a real threat here. Against Time won a trial quite impressively on November 11, was a heavy track then.

Race 2: Regal Riffle is resuming here after a third in a trial, two seconds in winter campaign over this trip is a plus. Was pipped by Foxy Lady recently who franked that form to win next time. Blue Ocean came third in only New Zealand run after missing the jump and getting held up at a critical point. With a bit more luck here and he becomes quite hard to beat ($4.60 Playup). Parlay Princess has a second on this track and trip, recent jump-out wasn’t impressive and would prefer to watch again.

Race 3: Pouting Lips faces this distance for the first time, has an 1100m win to boast about though. Placed in listed race after that win too! Sukoshi is fresh here, was on the pace over this trip on debut and won well. Both place getters behind on that day have won in metro since. Form says get on ($4.00 Playup). Hard Press had no luck on debut over this trip then dictated the race from the front to score in Adelaide. Cardice has run second to King Of Hastings, that suggests she has the potential to figure here.

Race 4: Write Enuff has all the class here, barrier hasn’t helped one bit though. Two starts over this distance this preparation have been good, not great. Hasn’t won since debut in 2018 but this is as good a chance as she will get to break the drought. Follow her ($3.60 Playup). Kootara won a jump-out recently, ran this track and trip last campaign and was narrowly beaten then. Divine Mr Tycoon is drawn wide and is coming down in class here after two pretty good runs. Claim makes him a good chance.

Race 5: Aussie Nugget is on fire at the moment, has won last two starts and is peaking again. The extra 200m here will be another plus for the import given his bloodlines. Can’t go past him ($4.60 Playup). Lord Of Darkness won over the mile second-up, has two wins from two above 1400m. Will go forward here and will take some chasing. Zouy’s Comet had no luck in Eclipse, forget that run if you followed.

Race 6: Lianne flew home for 4th in Bendigo second-up, will be much fitter here and the extra 100m should be hugely beneficial here. If she finds the space as most do at Sandown she will be very hard to stop. Worth the price ($5.00 Playup). In Heart’s Wake is back to her own sex after a good effort on a heavy track, always gives an honest account of herself which keeps her in the mix. Touch Of Mink has been performing well in Sydney, six-week break provides a big enough query to watch again.

Race 7: Irish Butterfly was unbeaten last campaign, provided strong formless too with many of those behind him going on to win after. Ran well for fourth first-up (betting was against him). Extra 200m here should suit if bloodlines are anything to go by. Get on ($2.50 Playup). Mickey Blue Eyes was super impressive in Dulcify Stakes in September of last year, the penalty from that has resulted in 10 runs without a place. Has class but hasn’t been back to best since that win. Drops in class though. Kamien flew home from the back at Bendigo and will be one to watch if pattern suits.

Race 8: Wham is resuming here, won first-up last prep. Some knocks on that run include distance and field but a win is a win. Flew home in Bendigo Guineas at a massive price which has won plenty of admirers. That includes us, follow here ($3.90 Playup). Ville Chanson couldn’t find a run at Seymour and never fully let down. Comes up in class but at the rice may be worth an each-way shout.

*All odds correct at time of writing.