SANDOWN RACECOURSE - HILLSIDE TRACK
Sandown racecourse is one of four main racecourses in Melbourne and is based in the suburb of Springvale about 25KM from Melbourne itself. The racecourse is now split into two.
This is about the Hillside Track.
The Hillside racecourse at Sandown is slightly longer than the Lakeside track with a circumference of 2087 Metres, the straight is a long testing one of 491 metres with a steady incline to the winning post. As per the Lakeside course, this racecourse definitely favours closers rather than front runners.
There is a 400 metre run to the first turn and a long straight therefore the barrier position isn't as important as at some other racetracks. Inside barriers will be only slightly favoured.
This distance goes round two bends and therefore inside barriers do have a bit of an advantage.
Similar to the 1300 distance, although horses have an extra 100 metres to the first turn, so only a slight benefit in being inside.
Virtually no barrier advantage as there is so such a long run to the first bend.
1600 Metres and above
Barrier position is of little consequence over these long distances with large runs to each of the bends.