A change in routine is credited with Chippenham’s return to winning form at Sandown.
The Deniliquin bred and owned four year-old was sent over a few hurdles in preparation for the race.
Chippenham ($9.50) ridden by Jordan Childs won the $40,000 Benchmark 70 Handicap (1300m) by 1 lengths from Dante’s Finale with Red Spyder third.
Childs said the gelding was always travelling well near the lead and found the line strongly. Trainer Archie Alexander described Chippenham as a ‘‘pretty handy horse who tries hard’’.
He had been ‘‘a bit frustrating’’ with two seconds and one third in six starts since winning at Terang in January. His record now stands at 16 starts for four wins, three seconds and one third. Chippenham is raced by Andrew Johnstone, A Hunter, A Malin, P Swan, Harold Clapham, John Hargreaves, G Hubbard, J Lloyd and Robbie Landale.
Wagga Gold Cup form was enhanced when Stampede won at Doomben on Saturday.
Stampede won at Wagga from fast finishing Life Less Ordinary and Cool Chap. The four year-old took his record to five wins from nine starts in Saturday’s Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap, defeating consistent placegetter The Chairman by a length.
Wagga runner-up Life Less Ordinary is an interesting imported five year-old trained by Chris Waller. His last start in England resulted in a win over 3219m and he won first-up here in a Caulfield Benchmark 78 (1800m) before a second at Randwick.
Tongala mare None Left added to her consistent record with a third placing in the Swan Hill Benchmark 64 (1200m). Her previous four starts yielded a win and three seconds. Craig Robertson rode None Left for Alan Newton. Topweight Sovereign Duke won the race impressively.
Trainer Nathan Hobson is hoping the five year-old gains a start in the Golden Topaz at Swan Hill on June 9.
Follow - Good Standing: Won Caulfield Group 3 (2000m) in October and decisive winner at Doomben over 1350m at second start this campaign.
Coming winners: Neverland was fourth at Caulfield at second start since Perth Cup (2400m) second in December.
Killarney Kid has excellent record at 2000m and will be fitter after sixth at Caulfield over 1600m.
Diapason should improve on Sandown third at her second start.