Sandown Racecourse will play host to eight exciting races this Friday as part of its Boxing Day meeting.
The Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) will be targeted by 11 classy sprinters, including three of which will be saddled by Robbie Laing.
His top hopeful is the four-year-old entire Lord Of The Sky, who is $3.80 firm favourite in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of five other single figure hopefuls.
Lord Of The Sky is in good form having finished in the first four his last six times out, however he has had issues earning a placing after finishing fourth in his three last starts. His lone start this campaign was in the Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m) on December 6 where the gelding finishing just under two lengths behind winner Danger Close.
He railed up to the front after jumping and got a length in front around the bend, holding this position until the last 100 metres but failed to run it out. However he did carry a big weight and raced against the win. Hoop Vlad Duric believes Lord Of The Sky will be better suited over the further distance of the Christmas Stakes.
Laing’s other two runners Mr Make Believe ($8.50) and Boomwaa ($10) are both competitive in the odds along with a further four single figure hopefuls from other trainers.
- #7 Danger Close ($6) – Jason Warren’s five-year-old gelding will jump from barrier two with Michael Walker in the saddle. Is in good form after winning the Doveton Stakes last time out ahead of Lord Of The Sky and Mr Make Believe.
- #5 Analon ($6.50) – the Darren Weir-trained six-year-old gelding won the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) in January but has failed to place in any of his five starts since. Will jump from barrier six with Brad Rawiller as hoop.
- #6 Solsay ($7) – Michael Kent’s seven-year-old will jump from barrier three with Ms Jackie Beriman serving as jockey. The gelding has finished in the first two in three of his last five outings, which includes a handicap win at Moonee Valley last time out.
- #4 Tried And Tired ($7.50) – the Leon & Troy Corstens-trained five-year-old rounds out the single figure odds and is the market mover after shortening from $9 despite drawing the outside gate with apprentice hoop Chris Parnham to ride.
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