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Group 1 racing returns and what an exciting match up we have over the 1400 metres at Sandown. Class horses returning ahead of the All-Star Mile and the Sydney Carnival in a preview for things to come this Autumn!

I’m Thunderstruck has trialed up brilliantly leading into this. Jamie Kah jumps back aboard who’s 2 from 2 in association with the gelding. His first up record is very impressive only missing the top 2 once and has placed 4 times over this distance. There isn’t a lot of speed though which is the only concern however I think class should prevail and he’ll be extremely hard to beat.

Jacquinot is a clear next best, he gets 4 kilos off I’m Thunderstruck which will provide him an advantage and does have race fitness coming off an impressive win in the Manfred. Has failed second up in the past though through his two preparations but the rise to 1400 metres will benefit him greatly. He’s a group 1 winner over this trip and with the weights differential could ultimately be again. He’s the main danger.

Tuvalu is coming off the back of two very nice trials. His last run he wasn’t far off Alligator Blood in the Champions Mile at Flemington and prior to that took out the Toorak. Will most likely lead and with minimal speed outside of Gentleman Roy, will be given every hope. He’s proven in this class and loves Sandown winning two from two at the track and over 1400 metres has never missed the placings. Races extremely well fresh also and is the next logical option to have.

Mr Brightside was a nice trial winner at Geelong and is a distance specialist at 1400 metres. His first up form is very good only failing to miss the placings once and although he has drawn wide, he is tactically versatile. Will most likely be following I’m Thunderstruck in the run and will have every possible chance to finish in the top 4.

Aegon is a classy Kiwi who was good here last spring. Has a good enough first up record to be competitive and races extremely well over 1400 metres. Will get a cozy run amongst runners and will be having a crack at them late. One for the exotics.

On top hope is I’m Thunderstruck as he looks the class horse and has the experience in this grade over Jacquinot. He race’s extremely well fresh and I feel will be hard to beat. Jacquinot is the clear next best and should be able to complete the Mick Price quinella with Tuvalu hanging on for third, Mr Brightside in for fourth and the main danger outside of those runners being Aegon.

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