A class field of three-year-olds lines up in the Sandown Guineas 2015 on Zipping Classic Day this weekend with Tony McEvoy’s Adelaide-trained filly Don’t Doubt Mamma early favourite to beat home the boys.
Fifteen youngsters line-up in Sandown Race 7 at 4:40pm (AEST) on Saturday in the $250,000 Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) including three fillies taking on the colts and geldings at set weights.
One of those is early favourite in Sandown Guineas betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, McEvoy’s daughter of Not A Single Doubt paying $4.20 to win her third race from four starts.
Dwayne Dunn retains the ride after guiding the in-form filly to victory at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day in the Listed Lexus Hybrid Plate (1400m), which was an improved run on her sixth to Badawiya in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) on October 4.
Don’t Doubt Mamma is back up to the mile on Saturday and is tipped to continue her good form.
Four other runners are under double figures for the Sandown Guineas win this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with the flying Mahuta the next best in betting at $6.
Prepared by Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir, the talented Flying Spur colt has won his past three on the trot but has a wide barrier 14 of 15 draw to overcome.
Jockey Brad Rawiller is aboard again after his success on the up-and-comer at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, Mahuta winning the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) by a quarter length in his first run over the distance he’s back over for the Guineas.
Occupying the third line of betting at $7.50 is another widely-drawn hopeful, Kiwi expat He’s Our Rokkii in barrier 13 for jockey Damian Lane.
Previously prepared in New Zealand, the Roc De Cambes gelding is now with Lindsay Park’s David Hayes & Tom Dabernig and has had four runs down under since mid-September.
His latest run was a fourth in the Carbine Club Stakes on October when beaten just over a length, an effort he is set to improve on when back up to the 1600m he ran second over two back behind Mr Individual at Caulfield.
The last of the single figure Sandown Guineas chances in 2015 are then Demonstrate ($8.50) drawn a treat in gate three with Sydney-based hoop James McDonald in the saddle and the lightly-raced Ngarimu ($8.50) having just his third career run.
The John O’Shea-trained son of New Approach Demonstrate was third in the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) on Cox Plate Day at the Valley before a second only last weekend at Flemington in the Listed Hilton Hotels & Resorts Stakes (1400m).
McDonald had the ride on the Godolphin-raced gelding that day and on the short back-up the horse is fit and ready for the mile challenge.
Ngarimu is prepared by Peter Moody and after a winning debut at Seymour on October 18 he ran third in the same race Demonstrate was second past the post in last weekend, Glen Boss retaining the ride on the promising Savabeel colt.
Outside of the first five in betting the longer priced three-year-olds still with genuine Sandown Guineas claims include early market mover Dal Cielo ($13 into $10) for New Zealand horseman Murray Baker who is enjoying plenty of Group 1 success in Melbourne this season and
Carbine Club Stakes runner-up Patch Adams ($12).
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