Form Preview: Anyone For Pie At Sandown?

SANDOWN PARK will play host to its strongest card of racing since the recent lucrative Launching Pad series won be Wow She's Fast on Thursday.

Mick Floyd

4 May 2022

SANDOWN PARK will play host to its strongest card of racing since Launching Pad night this Thursday night.

While Saturday night’s Million Dollar Chase has rightly grabbed most of the attention this week, Sandown’s May carnival kicks off in seven days’ time, with many contenders getting their final look at Sandown Park before the three group 1s – the Harrison-Dawson for males sprinters, the Sapphire Crown for female sprinters, and Sandown Cup for the stayers – commence next Thursday.

Best of the Night:

Race 5 number 1 – Here Comes Pie ($2.40 with TAB)

Hasn’t won in his past six starts dating back to a win at Warragul in March and hasn’t won in town since early January. However he showed through the Launching Pad series he is a serious greyhound, running second his semi final behind eventual series winner Wow She’s Fast before missing the start from box 8 in the final. Does his best racing from inside draws with four of his five wins coming from boxes 1 or 2, including his brilliant PB of 29.25.

Each way:

Race 2 number 4 – Just One Moment ($9 with TAB)

After finishing down the track in her first start after a four month break, Just The Moment has won two of her next three starts (running second in the other), including a smart 30.32 win at The Meadows at her last start. This is a step up in class, her first start at Sandown, and a tricky boox, however there isn’t a lot of early speed in the race, meaning if she can step the way she did last time out she should be prominent. Worth an each-way ticket.

Grab the popcorn:

Race 6, mixed 4/5 over 715m

The enigmatic Zac’s Entity steps straight up to 715 after two months on the sidelines and returns with a significant gear change – the blinkers go on. There is no question Zac’s Entity is one of the most gifted greyhounds in the country, however his racing manners leave a bit to be desired at times.

Trainer Kel Greenough has had some success adding blinkers to wayward greyhounds in the past, and if they do the trick then keep an eye on the clock.

Collinda Lady, backed from $26 into $9 to win the Sandown Park, will jump from box 8. Trainer Jason Thompson has long spruiked her potential over the ‘long’, and her 41.80 win at her only start this track and distance suggested that confidence is well placed.

Quaddie:

12 / 1248 / 1567 / 13467 = 31% for $50