It’s shaping up as a top Zipping Classic Day in Melbourne for Sydney horseman Peter Snowden this weekend as he prepares to saddle-up a number of favourites across the card including Galah in the Sandown Stakes 2013.
Set to run as Caulfield Race 5 at 2:50pm (AEST), the meeting transferred from Sandown due to track renovations, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Ronald McDonald House Monash Sandown Stakes (1400m) features a field of 11 hopefuls.
The top-rated is Snowden’s Redoute’s Choice stallion Galah who is also the $3.80 favourite in the Sandown Stakes betting markets.
Drawn ideally in gate three with Kerrin McEvoy to ride, the five-year-old has had three runs this time in running a place in their past two.
Second-up they were a luckless third to last Saturday’s Emirates Stakes winner Boban in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) having experienced multiple counts of interference throughout.
Then last start on November 2 at Flemington they were beaten only by Smokin’ Joey when second in the Group 3 TAB.com.au Stakes (1400m), and effort they are tipped to improve on again here for their first win since the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) in Brisbane back in June.
Galah is followed in the Sandown Stakes odds by two other single figure fancies then with:
- #4 Richie’s Vibe ($4.40) – Tony Vasil-trained local Danerich four-year-old comes off a Melbourne Cup Day stakes win over 1200m at Flemington when ridden by hoop of the day Damien Oliver, Oliver stays on for this with the duo to jump from gate five as the gelding shoots for his fifth win from just nine career starts
- #3 Mahisara ($4.80) – Paul Messara’s More Than Ready stallion was fifth in the same race Richie’s Vibe won, that was first-up and they had a horror outside draw though and improvement is expected from the five-year-old who now has a run under their belt and a better barrier eight draw for Saturday
For punters after a little more value looking further down the markets there are also some classy types with genuine claims including Snippetson five-year-old Mister Milton ($10) who has won just two of their 28 starts to date and Mornington galloper Koonoomoo ($11) who was runner-up to Red Tracer in the Tristarc Stakes at this track two back.
Also under $20 in the markets are seven-year-old Lord Of Brazil ($12), the fellow Mick Price-trianed Eximius ($13) and Brisbane raider Dozintmateranyway ($16).
All the latest Fixed Win Sandown Stakes odds are listed in the table below, links taking you straight to the country’s best bookie Ladbrokes.com.au to place your bets at the top prices!