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Sandown Racecourse Victoria - Hillside & Lakeside
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Sandown Racecourse is located south-east of Melbourne in Springvale. There are two circuits at Sandown, Hillside & Lakeside which exhibit a different bias dependent on the going (Fast – Heavy) and the position of the rail. Administration for Sandown is the Melbourne Racing Club which also governs racing at Caulfield and Mornington. Most meetings at Sandown are held on Wednesdays.
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Sandown Characteristics: Generally quite fair when the going is dry and the rail is True. There is a rise in the home straight to the winning post which is quite long, look for horses with the fitness to make a sustained finishing run.
Lakeside: positioned on the inside of the course and can be quite susceptible to wet weather, being drawn in and trying to lead on the rail under these conditions will present problems and winners will be the ones finishing on late. However, unlike the other Melbourne courses, when the rail is in the True position and the track is Good it is possible to lead all the way.
Hillside: usually exhibits little bias although we often see horses swooping from behind on days when the rail is out 5 metres or more. Barriers are of little importance.
Sandown Barriers Starting Positions:
1000m (Hillside): Starts in a chute at the back of the course with a straight run of 500m to the home straight. Barriers are of little importance.
1200m (Lakeside): Located on the back straight of the course proper, two sharp turns before entering the home straight. Inside barriers are an advantage in larger fields.
1400m (Hillside & Lakeside): Situated on the back straight, there is little bias from this start on the Hillside track. On Lakeside there is a shorter straight to the first turn and inside barriers have an advantage.
1600m (Lakeside) & 1800m (Hillside): Begins in a chute off the back of the home straight. With a long straight run down the back of the course to the first turn, barriers are of little consequence.
2100m (Lakeside) & 2200m (Hillside): Starts in the home straight in front of the grandstand with a run of approx. 400m before the first turn. Inside barriers are a slight advantage.
2400m (Hillside & Lakeside): Starts at the top of the home straight. Long before the first turn, barriers are of little importance.