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Sandown Park | Wednesday 2 June

Race 5 — Matchup 3

#5 Hank The Hustler (Box 1)

It was surprising that he didn’t end up making the Sandown Cup final as he was one of the pre-post favourites. He ended up winning a consolation type race over the staying journey on the same night as the Sandown Cup and actually ran a quicker time than Zipping Rambo’s Cup win.

He ran 41.59 whilst Zipping Rambo ran 41.72 to win a Group 1. That bodes well to win a match race here. He laps up this distance range and is versatile enough to either lead all the way or come from behind. He looks to be a great bet here.

#6 Five Star (Box 3)

I have really liked his last few runs. He is still learning the staying caper and I don’t think he quite has the class to win this match up even though he was only a length off Hank the Hustler here last week.

He can be a bit awkward in full fields early in his races so, in theory, this format should suit, but Hank the Hustler is now a veteran over this staying trip and I think he will shrug off the gallant Five Star late in this match up.

BACK (WIN) — Hank The Hustler at $1.55+ for 4 units

Race 5 — Matchup 4

#7 Tyler Durden (Box 1)

Whilst I would have preferred him to have the outside draw here, he still should have enough acceleration out of the boxes to burn off Weblec Haze and get to the crown of the track where he should be running sizzling sectionals. I am confident he looks to be a gun stayer with upside because he is still strong late in his races and doesn’t appear to be gassing himself out mid-race.

My only concern here would with his racing pattern, this is his third gut-busting run in three weeks. However, I think he will only need to be in the ballpark of his 41.74 and 41.86 runs over the last two weeks here to be able to hold on and win this.

#8 Weblec Haze (Box 3)

I find this chaser to be a bit of a head-scratcher. There are races where you think he is bursting for 700 metres and then he will land in winning positions and then not run out the distance. He hasn’t won in his last 12 starts and is now 75 starts into his career.

He may have seen better days whereas Tyler Durden is a stayer on the rise. He has had 8 attempts over this trip in full fields and is yet to salute.

BACK (WIN) — Tyler Durden at $1.60+ for 6 units

Overall Race 5 Market

BACK (WIN) — Hank The Hustler at $2.80+ for 2.5 units

BACK (WIN) — Tyler Durden at $6.00+ for 1 unit

Race 6 — Matchup 3

#5 Freda Rocks (Box 1)

She drops back in distance here after finishing at the end of the field in a Sandown Cup heat. On paper, it was quite a disappointing run and was gone a long way from home. However, the dogs behind her to overtake her at the home turn were Stanley Road (who is a dual Group 1 winner) and Zipping Rambo who went on to win the Sandown Cup. She was a query over the distance anyway and she has been kept fresh for this.

I think the drop back in distance is a tick for her winning chances. Prior to that run she trialled here in 9.20 23.08 33.91. If she replicates that run she can win this with now some extra fitness under her belt. Amazingly, she opened up at $5 for this matchup in early markets but I think $1.80 is about her right price here.

#6 Nangar Rust (Box 3)

When he raced here on April 1, he had box 1 and had a very clear run. He ran 9.16 23.04 and 33.81 overall. So just under 2 lengths quicker than Freda Rocks trial. However, the track looked to be in better condition on the night of Nangar Rust’s win.

Also of some note, this chaser is no longer with Jason Thompson, and has been doing his recent racing with Michael Hardman in NSW and running over this distance at Dapto and Bulli in races well below Victorian quality. Whether that is looking into too much is up to you, but it holds plenty of weight for me and a leaning to Freda Rocks.

BACK (WIN) — Freda Rocks at $1.80+ for 2 units

Race 6 — Matchup 4

#7 Cash Stack (Box 1)

This dog has freakish abilities and very strong run home times but whether he can step up and beat the reigning Sandown Cup winner would be another matter. He can take a few strides to get going and by this stage Zipping Rambo has likely crossed him and will prove extremely hard to run down. He trialled here in 33.94 which is an excellent time but I still don’t think it’s good enough to win this.

#8 Zipping Rambo (Box 3)

He drops back in distance after winning the Sandown Cup over 715m last week. I actually think it’s a great option to drop him back in trip here. He set the track alight running 33.66 on April 8 and then ran 33.90 on April 29. Anywhere between 33.66 and 33.90 should be winning this and he is a fitter and more polished dog now. If he is in front early, and he should be, he should be leading all the way.

BACK (WIN) — Zipping Rambo at $1.35+ for 6 units

Overall Race 6 Market

BACK (WIN) — Zipping Rambo at $2.50+ for 1.5 units

Race 7 — Matchup 1

#1 Well Grounded (Box 1)

He does have a PB here of 29.23 but that seemed to be more of an anomaly performance. He hasn’t won at his following 7 starts and has finished 5th, 5th and 6th in his last three starts. His confidence may be a bit down and I just can’t see him holding out Kuro Kismet here. I think he is really up against it in this event.

#2 Kuro Kismet (Box 3)

He looks extremely suited to the format and the outside draw here. He can run freakish times but can be a bit awkward in full fields. This format allows him to step to the right slightly at box rise and then use his acceleration to explode to the lead.

Even though his PB time is only .05 quicker than Well Grounded, I think he is close to a peak performance here whereas Well Grounded may not be going as well as he was several months ago.

BACK (WIN) — Kuro Kismet at $1.25+ for 6 units

Race 7 — Matchup 2

#3 Equalizer (Box 1)

Equalizer is absolutely flying at the moment and I think could be ready for a career-best run here. Whilst he can be risky and awkward early, I feel that this is amplified in a full field. With only 1 other opponent, I think he is capable of a much faster first section.

In 8 career starts here his PB first split is 5.17 and his average across the 8 starts is only 5.30. When he ran 5.17 this was when he had his win here and whilst that win was only in 29.61, it was in July last year.

He is a much better dog now and his last start win at Geelong was in a scorching 25.51. He is also becoming more versatile and will go around dogs now in the run if he needs to. I think he can win this with a leg in the air and I am also keen on his chances to win the overall event.

Aston Rupee and Aston Fastnet looks to be the hot heat, and the winner of that may win the overall race, however, I wouldn’t be shocked if there was some bumping involved at the first turn which may cost them on the clock. If Equalizer can get a check free run he is right in this to win the overall race.

#4 Riccarton Rick (Box 3)

He had a purple patch of form in March and looked the real deal and showed a great will to win. His PB of 29.27 would be extremely competitive here but I just don’t think he is going as well. He has found a stack of bother in his last 6 starts.

To negate that, a two-dog race should suit his pattern but with a form query and the fact he is up against Equalizer makes this event a tough task.

BACK (WIN) — Equalizer at $1.25+ for 10 units

Overall Race 7 Market

BACK (WIN) — Equalizer at $7.50+ for 2 units

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