O'Brien keeps an eye on the weather

The state of the track at Sandown Hillside on Saturday remains unclear but barring a very soft track the in-form Danny O'Brien stable is confident to adding to its recent winners.

There are heavy rains and flood warnings predicted for Friday and Melbourne has already been hit with some very heavy showers, but just how much gets to Sandown remains to be seen.

The O'Brien stable kicks off the day with promising fillies in the first two races – Code Black and Stratella - and expects both to go close again as they step up to 1400m.

Code Black is unbeaten from two starts, the latest when scoring a neck win over Stratella over 1200m at Caulfield.

"Although she's probably not well treated at the weights against the boys it looks a very winnable race again," O'Brien's racing manager Aaron Corby said.

"The 1400m is a test for her but it's better to find out sooner rather than later. Her pedigree probably suggests she's a sprinter but the way she has worked and raced suggests she shouldn't have a problem with it.

"If she was to win this race with 56.5kg against the boys we'd probably be in a position to have to spell her and look for better races.

"Stratella hit the line hard behind Code Black last start and looks ideally suited over the longer journey. She was scratched from Wednesday after drawing a little wide but looks well placed in the small field on Saturday."

Corby said Flemington had been hit with a very heavy shower of rain this morning and wasn't sure what to make of his pair should the Sandown track come up wet.

The stable has some good chances spread throughout the day including Makeadreamcometure, Escadaire, Fabric Of Dreams and Pride Of Westbury.

"Makeadreamcometrue didn't have much luck last start and hit the line hard when clear," Corby said. "He looks suited at the mile.

"Fabric of Dreams was very good last start behind the stablemate Immortality and is well weighted over the 1300m, while Escadaire didn't have things go his way last start and will take catching with the right run.

"Pride Of Westbury was an impressive last start winner and although this is a test he is on the minimum and should run well again."

by Jason Hickson - RacingandSports.com.au

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