Gai Waterhouse’s exciting import Pornichet has opened clear favourite in the Sandown Stakes 2014 odds to break his maiden status down under this Zipping Classic Day.
The Vespone stallion has just his second run in Australia for the Sydney-based Waterhouse, the four-year-old one of nine hopes in Saturday’s $150,000 Group 3 Mack Tow Sandown Stakes (1500m).
Drawn wide in gate eight with James McDonald to ride Pornichet is installed at the top of the Sandown Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $2.40.
The former European-trained galloper is only lightly raced with nine previous starts, including a trio of wins, the only one on Aussie turf being first-up on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington in the Group 3 Yellowglen Stakes (1400m).
There Damien Oliver had the ride, the horse awkward from the gates before over-racing in the first half of the race and then getting blocked for a run in the straight.
Finding himself caught three wide, once he got into the clear Pornichet was impressive to the line showing a likelihood of doing well once stepped up in distance.
Sure to improve on that run he gets another go here before the end of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and only goes up half a kilo to the 54.5kg he carries this weekend.
Two of the other Sandown Stakes hopes are also under $10 to win with Red Bomber ($4.20) and Speediness ($5).
Drawn in barrier six with Craig Newitt to ride on the 54kg minimum, Mick Price’s Red Ransom four-year-old Red Bomber is after his fifth win from six starts having been in top form this season including a win over this distance at Moonee Valley in early October and a last start victory over the Mornington mile on November 2.
The Colin Scott-trained Speediness meanwhile gives plenty of weight away to his eight rivals carrying the 59kg top weight on Saturday with Luke Nolen to ride from barrier three.
A veteran seven-year-old having his 38th start, Speediness was runner-up to Trust In A Gust in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) earlier this season before a Crystal Mile fourth and disappointing 10th last Saturday behind Hucklebuck in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington he’s out to atone for on the short turnaround.
The early Sandown Stakes betting market mover meanwhile in from $13 to $10 is then Lady Lakshmi.
Stephen Theodore’s Lonhro mare was tracking well for some tougher assignments last month including a 1400m win at Bendigo on October 29 but when she went to Group 3 company at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day she could only manage to run four lengths away 12th behind Mahara.
She gets another chance here however and should appreciate the extra metres having finishing second in the Adelaide Guineas over a mile back in May, and having a solid record at Sandown with a win and a second from her two starts at the track.
It’s a pretty wide open Sandown Stakes betting market too with the entire field at $26 or under with other notable hopes including six-year-old Vibrant Rouge coming off a third in the same Cup Day clash that produced Lady Lakshmi and General Groove after his third win on the trot – both paying $13 to win.
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