EL DORADO MINE - Originally a dual acceptor, El Dorado Mine will line up in the Epiroc Benchmark 60 Handicap (1600m) with Cunningham’s decision to take on the mile race rather than the 1400m class one looking a winning move. Originally trained by Peter and Paul Snowden before a couple of preparations in Melbourne with Mick Price, El Dorado Mine has been a consistent horse without winning since Cunningham took over the training in 2017 with the son of Medaglia D’Oro finishing in the placings in six of his seven starts for the new stable. Questions must always be asked of a horse with just one win from 17 starts but getting to the 1600m is the decisive factor with El Dorado’s two runs at the trip resulting in placings at Kembla and Hawkesbury. Cunningham has found the perfect race for El Dorado Mine to return to the winner’s list.
MONEY TRAVELS - Money Travels looked a good bet in the Kennards High Maiden Handicap (1300m) when a $2.35 chance in early betting and we must stick despite the three-year-old coming up at an odds-on quote after several scratchings in the race. If we are going to take short odds, then a Bjorn Baker-trained horse at Orange is one we can back with confidence. Baker has a 46 percent winning strike rate with favourites at Orange and if punters had invested on each of the top market ranked horses from the stable they would be sitting on a 10.4 percent profit on turnover. Money Travels has finished close-up in provincial races in his two runs to date finishing third at Newcastle on debut before covering plenty of ground in the run when fourth at Wyong last time out.
TAKOOKACOD - Sticking with the Spackman stable for our bet of the day, Takookacod, who will be striving to maintain an unbeaten record at Wagga when she lines up in the Price Plumbing Specialists Class 3 Showcase Handicap (1000m). A three-year-old daughter of Moshe, Takookacod has won three of her 10 starts to date including a class three victory over the Wagga 1000m two runs back on January 12. Takookacod was outclassed at Canterbury last start on the back of a five-week break between races however takes on a more suitable assignment on Sunday.
SANGLIER - A placing in the Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown looks a strong form reference for a provincial maiden and that is what the Godolphin two-year-old Sanglier brings to the Servers Australia 2YO Maiden Plate (1000m). Sanglier was spelled after finishing 1-1/2 lengths behind Long Leaf and Oohood after leading until the 150m before seemingly struggling when resuming from a break stepping up to 1100m for the first time in the Talindert Stakes won by Prairie Fire on February 17. It is highly doubtful there are any Long Leafs and Oohoods in the maiden at Wyong on Saturday and Sanglier should be winning.
NEWSFAN - Graduating from a country maiden win to a provincial class one isn’t easy, but the win of the Kim Waugh-trained Newsfan at Port Macquarie on February 18 suggests the daughter of Zoffany is up to the task. Racing on the speed before careering away in the straight to win by over four-lengths, Newsfan ran approximately five-lengths quicker time than three other 1100m winners on the day. If Newsfan is in the same form on Saturday she will have no difficulty handling the step up in grade.