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Australian Racing: Path looks Golden for Sandown success

There are nine meetings set to take place on Sunday, including metro fixtures at Sandown Hillside and Devonport.

Race 6 Sandown Hillside

Golden Path @ 4.20

Race 1 Sunshine Coast

Loose Unit @ 4.40

Race 6 Devonport

No Access @ 4.20

Path makes way for Sandown success

The sixth race on the Sandown Hillside card is the Group 3 Sandown Stakes over 1500m.

A good 4 track is expected for the eight runner contest, with Tony Gollan’s Antino likely to start a short-priced favourite.

The gelding showed progressive form last spell with his four wins culminating in a three-length success in the Listed Wayne Wilson Handicap over 1600m at Eagle Farm in June.

The five-year-old headed south for his seasonal debut when beaten just over half-a-length in the Listed Sofitel handicap over 1400m at Flemington last month.

Blake Shinn takes the ride here and, while likely to be hard to beat, preference is for the unexposed GOLDEN PATH, who has made just the four starts to date.

The 4.20 four-year-old has won two of those starts, including by nearly three-and-a-half-lengths in the Silver Bowl Series Final over 1600m on a soft 5 track at Flemington at the start of July.

The son of Belardo was spelled following that success and returned to action with a good half-length second in a 1300m Benchmark 84 handicap here on September 13th.

The selection probably found the trip on the sharp side on that occasion and stepping back up in trip he is taken to record his first victory at this level.

Unit to break maiden at Sunshine Coast

The opener at Sunshine Coast is an interesting 1600m handicap contest.

A good 4 surface is expected, with Kalends expected to have his supporters, having shown solid form in this company earlier this spell.

The four-year-old finished in the places in her first two starts this time around, including when third over 1400m at Eagle Farm when racing first up.

The step up to 1660m at Doomben proved no issue when beaten less than one-and-a-half-lengths into second.

The filly's jockey here, Ben Thompson, on board for both of those efforts, was again in the saddle when the daughter of No Nay Never finishes sixth over 1666m at Ipswich September 15th.

The blinkers worn for the first time that day are dispensed with here and, while better is expected in this contest, LOOSE UNIT is expected to prove hard to beat.

The gelding is a regular at this venue having placed on both starts here this time around.

The first of those saw the four-year-old finish less than a length behind the winner when runner-up in a 1400m maiden handicap on a good 4 track here just under a month ago.

The 4.40 son of Shalaa followed that up with a neck second in a Restricted 58 handicap over the same track and trip.

The step up to 1600m is no issue having gone well over this course and distance in the past and he looks up to breaking his maiden under Ryan Wiggins.

Access to complete double

NO ACCESS has shown good form for the John Blacker stable this spell and he looks to hold strong claims of registering a third win in four starts this time around in the sixth at Devonport.

The gelding finished strongly when delivering a narrow margin victory in an 1150m Class 2 handicap at this venue two weeks ago.

The extra distance here should prove no issue, with Sigrid Carr’s mount having won over this course and distance.

Similar comments apply to barrier ten here, with the 4.20 pick’s hold-up style of racing a positive given his wide alley.

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