2017 Ladbrokes Sandown Guineas Preview


The Ladbrokes Sandown Guineas is one of a number of outstanding races that are set to take place at Ladbrokes Park this weekend.

The Ladbrokes Sandown Guineas is always an interesting betting race and that is the case again in 2017 as a number of progressive gallopers do battle in what generally ends up being a strong form race.

We have analysed every single horse in the field and our complete 2017 Ladbrokes Sandown Guineas tips can be found below!


Snitzepeg is the horse to beat in the 2017 Ladbrokes Sandown Guineas. He won both the Antler Luggage Stakes and the Gothic Stakes in impressive fashion before he was given a very poor ride when fifth in the Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day. Jockey Craig Williams settled him at the tail of the field and he was never able to get into the race, but he was still able to savage the line with some of the fastest closing sectionals in the race. He doesn’t have to get that far back in the Ladbrokes Sandown Guineas and if he can replicate that last start effort he will be very tough to beat.

Beau Geste

Beau Geste also comes out of the Carbine Club Stakes and he is the main danger to Snitzepeg. Beau Geste was a similar run to Snitzepeg in the Carbine Club Stakes and he did seem to appreciate the step-up in trip to a mile. He maps to get a lovely run into this race with Damian Lane in the saddle and as long as he gets some luck when he needs it he should be in the finish.

Black Sail

Black Sail stepped up to black-type level with a credible performance behind All Too Huiying at Flemington on VRC Oaks Day. He did receive a dream run in transit in that race and he would need to improve on that performance to be a genuine winning chance in the Ladbrokes Sandown Guineas.


Hypnotist showed plenty of promise at the start of his 2017 Spring Racing Carnival campaign, but he hasn’t really gone on with the job. He was soundly beaten in both the Ming Dynasty Quality and the Spring Stakes before he made his Melbourne racing debut with a flat effort in the Carbine Club Stakes. You couldn’t back him off that run in this race.

Icon Of Dubai

Icon Of Dubai is the second Team Snowden-trained runner in this race. It took him a long time to breakthrough for a maiden race win in New South Wales and he failed to fire in the Antler Luggage Stakes. He is yet to produce a performance that suggests that he is up to winning a race of this quality.


Octabello has not had a great deal of luck this preparation. He never got a shot at them when he finished eighth in the Gothic Stakes and it took him a while to find clear running in the Carbine Club Stakes. The son of Pierro does still have a fair amount of upside, but has found his right price at around the $8 mark.


Give has been soundly beaten in the UCI Stakes, Gothic Stakes and the Carbine Club Stakes. He is deserving of his status as the extreme outsider of this field.


Vinland returned to the races with a maiden race win at Bendigo. This is a big step-up in quality, but there was a fair bit to like about that victory. He has been well found in the market and there is no value at his current price, but he is a horse that does has the upside to challenge the likes of Snitzepeg and Beau Geste.


There was plenty of hype around Villermont when he won by five and a half lengths at Benalla, but he was beaten as a short-priced favourite at Caulfield last start. He is likely a better horse than his last start effort suggests, but this is a big step-up in class and he is another that has found his right price.

Peaceful State

Peaceful State was beaten at Moe on debut before he was able to record a narrow victory over Captain Harry at Ballarat. He is a lightly-raced horse that is still fairly untested and you can never discount the Weir stable. There is a reason that he is being kept safe in betting, but I would still rather be with Snitzepeg.

I’ll Have A Bit

I’ll Have A Bit has raced well without winning this preparation. She had excuses when she was beaten in the Edward Manifold Stakes and she has been freshened-up since she was beaten by Banish in the Fillies Classic at The Valley on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day. She doesn’t win out of turn, but she does represent genuine value at the current quote of $16.

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