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Midweek action at Sandown

It will be a busy Wednesday for Ballymore as we head to the Sandown meeting with five horses who are all taking their place in the final five races on the strong midweek card.

Kicking off our day is the Slickpix Handicap in which we have two runners - Surpass and Savvy Dancer.

Making his Australian debut, Surpass was impressive saluting by 3 1/2 lengths at Te Rapa in late July and Michael Moroney is looking forward to seeing how the son of Savabeel measures up in Melbourne.

"He has been up for a while but he has settled in well here," he said.

Drawn nicely in barrier two for apprentice Jordan Childs, Surpass lines up next to Savvy Dancer in barrier three.

To be ridden by Chris Symons, the six-year-old - also by Savabeel - was not too far away at Flemington last time out but has been racing a bit ungenerously, inclined to pull in his races.

"We have taken the blinkers off to try to get him to settle better," Moroney said, adding that "on his track work he'd prove very hard to beat - he just has to do it on race day."

Quality mare La Zuma kicks off her spring campaign in the Sportingbet Handicap with Jordan Childs to take the ride in the 1200m event.

"Her good draw (barrier two) gives her a chance," said Moroney, "and she has come on nicely since a jump-out."

"She can run well first up," he continued, "but there is improvement in her."

Rhythm To Spare is our next Sandown runner, the exciting four-year-old due to resume in the Championpicks.com.au Handicap.

Having his first run since finishing a close-up fourth in the Queensland Derby, the Pins gelding fared well in a recent jump-out and will be wearning blinkers for the first time.

"He has a tough draw (barrier 13) to contend with," Moroney said, "but he has got that touch of class - he is a pretty smart horse and it would be no surprise to see him win first up."

Rhythm To Spare will be ridden by Glen Boss, as will About Square who takes his place in the final event of the day, the Le Pine Funerals Handicap.

Impressive saluting at Flemington last start, About Square has fared even worse in the barrier draw than Rhythm To Spare - due to jump from barrier 17.

"But he comes off a really good win and he has trained on well - we can't fault him."

"It is a pretty strong field," Moroney continued, "but we think he is right up to it."
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