Sandown - Race 2 12:35pm AEDT
No. 6 Sisterhood
Sisterhood makes her return to the races coming off a couple of soft jump outs at Cranbourne.
The Maher and Eustace-trained mare put the writing on the wall winning her maiden by 2.5 lengths at Pakenham, before wrapping up her prep third behind subsequent Group 2 winner Caste on the Hillside track.
Likely to get back early from the inside gate, she should find this a winnable assignment with Ben Allen in solid form.
Sandown - Race 4 1:45pm AEDT
No. 4 Stormy Grey
Stormy Grey was an impressive winner first-up at Benalla that looks capable of taking the next step.
The lightly-raced mare gave good chase into the turn, finding the front at the 100m mark to boot clear and win with real authority. She appeared to have something left to give through the line, suggesting the slight step up to 2100m won’t pose any issues.
Callan Murray rode her to a win at Cranbourne back in May, and from barrier 7, the pair should be afforded a nice cart into the race.
Sandown - Race 5 2:20pm AEDT
No. 1 Northern Barrage
Northern Barrage should find this drop in class to his liking first-up.
Following back-to-back placings at Stakes grade, the son of Churchill was far from disgraced finishing six lengths off in the South Australian Derby during the autumn.
He might be in need of the run, but with a couple of solid jump outs to his name, he should give the mile a real shake in his return to the races.
Sandown - Race 7 3:30pm AEDT
No. 11 Love Tonight
Love Tonight is a lightly-raced filly with real upside out of the Freedman yard.
The Capitalist four-year-old shed the maiden tag two back at Kyneton, form that has held up nicely since. She was a little keen at The Valley to begin the month, but there is scope for improvement back out to a bigger track.
Fitter third-up, the rise to 1300m should be ideal with Daniel Stackhouse retaining the ride.