The appearance of a sister to New Zealand-raised former Hong Kong star Werther is among one of the highlights of today’s card at Sandown.
Toffee Tongue, a product of Tavistock and the Zabeel mare Bagalollies, runs in the opening event on the program.
It will be the first start for the Chris Waller-trained two-year-old, a $500,000 purchase at last year’s Karaka Sale who has been undertaking much of her preparatory work out of his Flemington base.
That has included two 800-metre jumpouts, including one on June 21 when the bay filly was slowly away and settled last before rapidly improving along the inside rounding the turn. Despite not being pushed out, Toffee Tongue won the jumpout by one length in 50.04 seconds.
Toffee Tongue, who will be ridden by Michael Dee, will start from barrier two in the 1200-metre event, in which she is a $6 chance with BetEasy. Favourite, at $2.80, is the Phillip Stokes-trained Indiscretion, who finished second at Sandown at her June 19 debut.
Werther finished second in a 1000m maiden at Trentham at his debut, in January 2014.
He won the Group 2 Championship Stakes (2100m) the following year before finishing second in both the G1 South Australian Derby (2500m) and G1 Queensland Derby (2200m), either side of his win in the G2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m).
He subsequently went to Hong Kong, where he did not miss a place in eight starts, including Group 1 wins in the Hong Kong Derby and QEII Cup – both over 2000m – in 2016. – Racing.com