James Van de Maat could get punters off to a flying start tonight after identifying a couple of each way bets in the first two races at Sandown Park – Seabrook Sam ($7.50) and Lakerville ($5.00). Here’s his preview…
Metro racing returns to Sandown Park Thursday night with 12 races set down for decision.
The racing ball bounces at 7.08pm with a grade 5 (no city win) race. The promising Seabrook Sam makes his city debut and despite being a greyhound who does like to push up the track when accelerating early, I think he can do enough to hold the lead and get wide with a winning break established in the early part. After competing in some highly talented races of late, including a last start fourth in strong company from box two (Replay) the son of Cosmic Chief should race away with a big early lead and appears a good place bet at worst.
Racing in classy races without any luck of late, Lakerville lines up in the second of the night from box six. The Jason Thompson prepared chaser only needs a clear run early to show his class after a strong 650m placing to his kennel mate Whodat Knockin’ at Sale two runs ago (Replay).
Drawn the rails alley in the fourth of the night, Alpha Zeus looks set to make it back to back wins. The Son of Collision seems to have improved his ability to generate pace within the first hundred metres and that was clear in both his last start Sandown Park win (Replay) and also in his unlucky seventh at The Meadows in which he was storming into the early action before trouble at the first bend (Replay). With no pace or pressure expected early, I’m super confident on Alpha Zeus filling the pockets of punters!
The racing wraps up at 10.57pm, so enjoy the metro meeting with happy punting!
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