Coffs Harbour trainer, Brett Dodson with his galloper Sandline.
Coffs Harbour trainer, Brett Dodson with his galloper Sandline.

Sandline looks above average



When Sandline steps onto Coffs Harbour racecourse for tomorrow's fifth event he'll have more than the skilful hands of jockey Wayne Wheatley guiding him.

Up until three weeks ago, the first time starter was in the care of Snowy Connell.

Since the great trainer's passing, Sandline is one of three horses now transferred to Brett Dodson.

"He'll have Snowy's spirit with him," Dodson said.

"Ironically, the horse is a half brother to Striking Time, another of Snow's horses I've been given."

While his new charge is still finding his way in the racing game, Dodson expects a forward run.

"The horse is like a big, gangly kid," he said.

"He was all over the place in his trial but since we put blinkers on him, the difference has been amazing.

"I think he'll run well."

While tomorrow's race is a maiden over 1200 metres, the trainer expects further improvement once the horse steps up in distance.

"A mile or better should be his go," Dodson said.

"If he keeps improving we may be able to place him in some good quality races."



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