Sandown R7 #9 Bracidame - represents the super hot Hawkes yard and comes into this as a lightly raced improver with big scope for more having only faced the starter 2 times in its short career, looked top class on debut scoring by 3.2l over 1118m ay Kyneton, made all that day and widened the margin in deep stretch showing a sharp turn of foot, sign of an above average horse on the make, a form line can be taken through the 3rd horse home that day Please Leave who was beaten 4.2l who came out 2 starts later and was only beaten 1.1l by Just Too Hard who itself then finished 2nd to New York Rain (btn 1l) and then 3rd to Pily's Wish (btn 2l) who are both engaged here, that puts Bracidame clearly infront of those 2 horses and with scope for more, it is drawn the 4 alley here and with a likely very fast pace it can either lead (suicide) or stalk from better than midfield with one of the runs of the race, she is also deceivingly very well bred being a very close relation to the under-rated Garrison Savannah (Danehill) who stands at stud in Nth Qld along with Savabeel and Arlington, she is by Darci Brahma out of a full blood relation to Savannah Success, her dam is Savannah Express who is by Success Express out a Semi Palitinsk full sister to the dam of Savannah Success, this is also the female family of Danelagh, Vengeance Of Rain and Palatious, this one simply ticks so many boxes its not funny and it is hard to argue against her chances, should be winning here on her way to better things over the Brisbane Winter carnival. Something like the Stradbroke Handicap may well be the long term ambition, who knows but whatever they have planned for this smart filly this is just a stepping stone.

Sandown R8 #7 Name The Day - lightly raced improver who comes into this 1st up from a spell on a career mark of 6-3-4 $48K with big scope for more, broke maiden status on debut over 1406m at Murray Bridge by a wiening 3.5l coming from well off the pace, clearly superior that day, blowsed in a head bobber next time out at Morphettville in Saturday city company, once again clearly superior scoring by 4l at Morphettville 3rd career start wideing the margin the further they went, transferred that tough form to Victoria 2nd up next prep 2 back when tough on the front end making all at Geelong to hold sway over Paige's Boy & Adjuster, has shown he is equally effective on the front end or comimg from off the pace, a solid tempo and a good barrier gives plenty of options here, given 2 soft trials in prep for this and ready for a big 1st up showing, winner 1 of 2 when 1st up previously, deceivingly well bred by Host out of the Thunder Gulch mare Thorpedo who has already produced Speedy Rossa, good female family back through high class 3rd dam Mapperly Heights, ticks enough boxes to warrant being the major pick here.

Sandown R8 #12 Aliyana - represents the in form yard of Bart & James Cummings and comes into this on the back of winning a strong trial at Cranbourne on 11 March after shipping south from Sydney, obviously shipped down to avoid tougher company in Sydney during the Autumn carnival with a long term goal of targetting the Brisbane Winter carnival, interestingly Luke Nolen has been booked for this 1st up tilt, 2 back scored at Warwick Farm over 1600m by 1.3l coming from well off the pace, the form out of that race has since been franked with 2 winners quickly coming out of that race subsequently, drawn a wide gate here but the pace will be solid and those coming from off the pace will have every chance here, in well weighted with 56kg and will be closing hard in deep stretch on a suitable track, very well bred by Zabeel out of the 6 time winning Diamond Express mare Tina Temple who is also a half sister to the 7 time placed G3 performer Powerful Ruler, must be backed along with Name The Day for a result across the race.