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The Sandown Stakes 2017 at Ladbrokes Park this weekend is a hard betting race for punters with five of the eight runners under $10 for the win in the latest markets on the handicap clash.
Set to run as Sandown Race 5 at 2:45pm (AEDT) on Zipping Classic Day on Saturday, this season’s Sandown Stakes field features eight runners and is known as the Group 3 $150,000 Chandler Macleod Recruitment Stakes (1500m).
The bookies are having a hard time separating the pretenders from the genuine end-of-spring contenders keeping plenty save in betting including narrow favourite Dollar For Dollar.
The flying Tony McEvoy-trained High Chaparral five-year-old comes off three straight wins and is the early Sandown Stakes betting market mover at Ladbrokes.com.au firming in from $4.20 to $3.80 to keep the winning streak going.
Drawn gate three and carrying the 54kg minimum, Dollar For Dollar has regular rider Jamie Kah retaining the ride and was last seen saluting at Flemington in a Benchmark 90 over 1400m on Melbourne Cup Day.
Following closely in the Sandown Stakes odds and challenging for favouritism at $3.90 is another last start winner Moss ‘N’ Dale.
Jumping from the outside barrier, the Peter Gelagotis-trained Castledale gelding has won three of his past four runs including the Listed Sale Cup (1600m) last time out on October 29.
Also right up the top of betting are the heavier-weighted duo of Hellova Street (57kg) and Lucky Hussler (60kg) paying $4.50 and $4.60 respectively.
Seven Mile Beach trainer Scott Brunton has had his Tassie raider Hellova Street racing in Melbourne since the autumn and the Helike seven-year-old has been going great guns.
Last Saturday the evergreen galloper saluted at Flemington with a front-running ride in the Group 3 Chatham Stakes (1400m) and is on the quick back-up chasing more Group glory to see out his spring bid in Victoria.
The Darren Weir-trained veteran eight-year-old Lucky Hussler won the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) two back at The Valley by three lengths on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day breaking a year long drought.
He raced again on VRC Derby Day a week later, but struggled from barrier 14 of 14 in the Group 1 Kennedy Mile (1600m) running second last (13th) behind Shillelagh.
Lucky Hussler drops right back in grade and even with the big weight shapes-up as the class horse on Saturday remaining a genuine danger.
Rounding out the best in betting is the Grahame Begg-trained Land Of Plenty ($6.50), Kerrin McEvoy coming on the Stratum four-year-old who was second to Dollar For Dollar last time out and out to turn the tables over the extra 100m.
2017 Sandown Stakes Field & Odds
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