YAMBAAH PRINCE - It’s over 500km from Gosford to Coonamble but the six-hour float trip should be worthwhile as Angela Davies has found the right race for Yambaah Prince who will be chasing a fourth career win in the Agri-Storage Benchmark 55 Handicap (1400m). Yambaah Prince resumed over an unsuitable 1200m on a soft track at Tamworth last start doing his best work late after settling well back in the run but will be a more formidable challenge for his rivals stepping up to 1600m with the first-up run under his belt on a drier surface. It is worth noting Yambaah Prince went to Quirindi second-up last preparation for an easy win and the five-year-old gelding looks a great chance for a repeat with $7 in early betting markets looking exceptional value, considering the trainer’s ability to find the right races for her horses.
TUNCOONA - The Clint Lundholm-trained Tuncoona is another ready to win second-up from a break in the Annapro WRA Championship Preview Class 4 Handicap (1300m). A winner of three of her six runs last time in including a Dubbo victory second-up, Tuncoona did a good job resuming at Mudgee on February 25 finishing 1-1/2 lengths from the winner in second spot after sitting wide in the run without cover. Tuncoona will be all the better for the first-up run and gets the chance to go one better with a 3kg weight drop on her latest outing.
MISHANI HONCHO - Four two-year-old wins and a third in the 2015 Silver Slipper had connections dreaming of Golden Slippers for Mishani Honcho but the dream never came to fruition with Mishani Honcho going off the boil and eventually having three years away from the races as the result of complications from a hock operation. Inverell trainer Shane Edmonds was given the task of returning Mishani Honcho to racing and his patience has been rewarded with the now five-year-old winning the Pink Silks Cup at Coffs Harbour on January 14 before two solid metropolitan runs finishing less than a half-length from Bratislava and Lofty’s Menu when fourth in a benchmark 80 at Rosehill on January 27 with the now five-year-old having a chequered path in the straight when unplaced behind Suncraze at Randwick last time out. Mishani Honcho carried 56kgs to win at Coffs Harbour and doesn’t look badly treated with 56.5kg in the Cambuild Constructions Showcase Handicap (1200m) and whilst he may never quite reach the heights of his two-year-old year his form is certainly good enough for a country open handicap.
FIFTH AFFAIR - The win of the Godolphin three-year-old Catesby at Canterbury on March 2 looks a strong pointer to the chances of Fifth Affair in the Platinum Park Racing Class 1 Handicap (1100m). Trained at Hawkesbury by Garry White and a Noel Callow ride, Fifth Affair was narrowly beaten by Catesby in a similar race at Hawkesbury on February 13. Although her one win from 13-starts could be considered a red-flag, Fifth Affair’s overall form is better than the statistics tell us, and she does seem to seem have her best for home. Placings at Canterbury and Randwick are on the daughter of Casino Prince’s resume and she was narrowly beaten in the Clarendon Stakes at the Hawkesbury stand-alone meeting in 2017. Indeed, Fifth Affair has been in the placings in five runs at Hawkesbury and hasn’t finished worse than second in three 1100m runs at the track including her maiden win on January 24. $7 looks terrific value on her home track.
DISSOLUTE - Like our best bet at Orange yesterday, a career record reading just two wins from 18-starts wouldn’t normally be a strong form recommendation however Godolphin have found the right race for Dissolute, chasing a third career win in the Comu Jannali Probus Club CG&E Class 2 Handicap (1200m). The Clare Cunningham-trained El Dorado Mine had just one win from 17-starts but connections found the right race at Orange with the gelding winning by close to four-lengths. The last time Dissolute was seen at a provincial track the son of New Approach was winning a benchmark 67 handicap at Wyong on April 19. Dissolute’s seven subsequent runs have all been on metropolitan tracks with the four-year-old finishing in the placings on six occasions with the other run in the sequence resulting in a fourth at Canterbury. The 61.5kg was an initial concern but the stats have gone along way to eliminating the weight as a cause for concern. Back to provincial grade should see Dissolute return to the winner’s list.