LAST Wednesday’s meeting at this venue may have been abandoned after one race, but Darren Potter is confident a there will be no repeat occurrence at Sandown Lakeside today.
Forecast showers and a surface officially rated a Heavy 8 awaits jockeys, trainers, horses and punters alike today.
But Potter believes the track should cope with anything thrown its way after a freak occurrence last week.
“We’re back to the Lakeside course after the collision of a firm surface, 2mm of overnight rain (that sat on top, in the turf making it greasy), and a downhill run to a sharp home turn led to an abandoned meeting last week,” he said.
“Had the turf been cut shorter I doubt there would’ve been an issue, but I don’t anticipate any problems today.
“As I said last week the track is in remarkably good health for winter. Due to the remedial work done after race one last week the ground around the turning section is softer (in the 7-8 range) than the home straight (6-6.5 range).
“The ground also gets less firm the further you move away from the inside in the home straight.
“Those two factors could provide a certain group of runners with a significant advantage and I’ll be trying to get as many of them as possible onto the betting plan.”
Adding further intrigue to the program is the presence of two ‘up-and-comers’ in Races Two and three, off the back of solid Saturday grade runs last time out.
“There’s two horses running today coming out of a Flemington race two weeks ago won by Lord Von Costa that ran remarkably well in that race.
“Not sure whether it’s a pot on that race or if their performances today will reinforce its strength – I guess we’ll find out!
“The first of them to appear today is I Boogi ($2.35) in Race Two. He was first up in that race at Flemington and drops back to a maiden here.
“Unless that race was awful, he really should we winning here.
“Then in Race Three we have El Dorado Mine ($11) that led in that race to about the 100m mark.”
But Potter believes El Dorado Mine’s appearance isn’t the only appealing factor about the third event on today’s card.
“Race Three today really is a terrific, competitive three-year-old race that will produce Saturday form.
“The favourite Septamore ($3.40) is a winning chance but way too short. Crystal Dreamer ($7) put a hole in him first start and they’ve been completely flipped in the betting.”