Runner in the Group 3, Blue Diamond Prelude, (Colts and Geldings) at Caulfield,10 February, 2018. Copyright: Colin Bull / Sportpix.

Midweek Best Bets

Sandown plays host to mid-week racing this time around with a twilight meeting kicking off at 3:20pm and finishing at 7:15pm. A popular new concept which is hoping to bring the crowds back to the Wednesday meetings.

The rail will be out 6m as opposed to the 3m this time last week, that day proved to be good for those on the pace.

Race 1: A maiden to open up, Beau Mec looks like the class above here, was impressive second-up when coming up in distance. Took the scenic route home without cover and was narrowly beaten by a smart one there. Get on ($3.10 Playup). Doom Star wasn’t too bad when fresh, bloodlines suggest 1500m won’t be an issue and deserves forgiveness for two poor runs.

Race 2: Busby ran well (6th) in 2YO handicap at Flemington in June, that race was won by Rubisaki who franked that form last weekend at Mooney Valley. Very hard to go past ($4.00 Playup). Mrs Beckham was fourth in that race, has won two jump-outs. Has looked impressive in those. Little Stevie hasn’t missed a place in four efforts, bloodlines suggest extra 100m will be fine.

Race 3: Miss Elena was very impressive in Mooney Valley race won by Somals who franked that form on Saturday, 1400m proves only major query. Merited had the run-of-the-race on debut, was led in the race beautifully by leaders. Cantered home to win by 3 ½ lengths. Claim will give her major chance and I’m willing to follow ($6.00 Playup). Feign drops back form listed race last start, wasn’t bad there and will figure in the finish here. Uncovered Beauty won fresh, wasn’t challenged too much there. Might find this harder.

Race 4: Pour Vous was far too good here second-up, comes up a grade here but that win suggests there will be no issue with that. Carries same weight and draws better. I think he will be too good here ($2.60 Playup). Heart Of Grace pulled up poorly when fourth-up and fit, her form before coming here suggests 2400m will be no issue at all. Alabama Man is up a couple of grades here, always gives his all and his maiden win was at this time in his prep then. Prefer to watch again here.

Race 5: The Black Leopard won his first two and looked a potential star, hasn’t been able to find that form since. Seems as though he’s been trained for longer distances this time around. The Passage had a horrible run of form after winning at this track and trip August 2018, blinkers came on second-up and worked wonders. Will be looking to follow-up here. Music of the Night was good when resuming over the mile, won 2nd-up last campaign but won’t love the extra 200m. Iowa Hawkeye finished behind Maclairey here a fortnight ago, has shown glimpses of real class. Extra 200m won’t matter at all and I like him at the price ($5.50 Playup).

Race 6: Muswellbrook drops back in class here and will love that, just over three weeks off and a claim will come in handy for him. I’ve always liked him but he struggles to find his best. One more time ($5.50 Playup). Bianconi Magic is striking at 50%, ran well from the back upon resumption and won second-up first prep and should’ve won second-up last campaign. Cilauro won well on-pace when fourth-up and fit, always give a good account.

Race 7: The Running Man has had a good opening to this prep, four starts so far and looks like he’s peaking to win. Comes back to his pet trip where he has gone 6: 2-2-0. Miss Street is class, claim helps lower what would’ve been a big weight. Will figure and is worth following ($4.00 Playup). Bel’s Banner has been off for two months, runs well fresh usually and always an honest worker.

Race 8: Rapidora had no luck when it mattered on the Lakeside track third-up, once space was found she finished off quite strong. That was impressive ($5.00 Playup). Haileybury Miss is probably looking for further, ran-on well when fresh and may be an each-way chance.

*All odds correct at time of writing.