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Prince Of Johanne to be crowned after very long wait

By Martin Kelly

Published 25/04/2015

Victory trail: Dane O’Neill, taking Waady to victory at Sandown yesterday, can triumph on board Aljamaaheer at Leicester
Victory trail: Dane O’Neill, taking Waady to victory at Sandown yesterday, can triumph on board Aljamaaheer at Leicester

Prince Of Johanne, a former Cambridgeshire and Royal Ascot winner, can record a first victory for nearly two years at Haydock.

Though race fitness could be a slight concern, Tom Tate's grey is just about on the right side of the handicapper following a lean spell in terms of wins in 2014.

His most recent outing, though, when a close second to Big Baz over this course and distance last September, would suggest the fires still flicker with intent.

Prince Of Johanne went up a bit in the weights for that pleasing effort, but he is still 1lb lower than when he last won a race and enjoys competing on Merseyside.

The nine-year-old son of Johannesburg undeniably deserves a change of luck.

Aljamaaheer is a top operator on his day and, under Dane O'Neill, can use the totepool EBF Stallions King Richard III Stakes at Leicester as a springboard to bigger and better things.

Roger Varian's chestnut has always threatened to win a Group One, and that is hardly an outlandish expectation again this summer.

The six-year-old finished a head second in this race two years ago before taking third spot in the Lockinge.

Aljamaaheer is taken to go one place better at Leicester before returning to Newbury on top of his game.

King Torus did quite well in the Spring Mile at Doncaster, finishing a slightly unlucky seventh, and can consolidate upon that effort by winning the RiponBET Place6 Lucky Dip Handicap at the North Yorkshire circuit.

Tacticus' all-weather form this winter stacks up well and he should be ready to roll in the Cash Out On The Betdaq+ App Handicap at Doncaster.

Renewing showed an improved level at Wolverhampton last month and can make a successful return to Dunstall Park in the Enjoy Daily Tips At Handicap.

DONCASTER: 4.55 Light And Shade, 5.30 Secateur, 6.00 Mon Brav, 6.30 Twisting Hay, 7.00 Maftoon, 7.30 Tacticus, 8.00 True Pleasure.

HAYDOCK: 1.50 Barefoot Dancer, 2.20 Prince Of Johanne, 2.55 Gold Sands, 3.30 Lincoln, 4.05 Spryt, 4.40 Gabrial The Thug, 5.15 Toto Skyllachy.

LEICESTER: 1.55 Rogues' Gallery, 2.30 Major Crispies, 3.05 Straits Of Malacca, 3.40 Game Show, 4.15 Aljamaaheer, 4.45 Pressure, 5.20 Stars And Stripes, 5.50 Euroquip Boy.

LIMERICK: 2.10 Salthouse, 2.40 Back On Top, 3.10 Jocular, 3.45 Salariaq, 4.20 Answered, 4.50 Oiche Mhaith Boy, 5.25 Love The Feeling.

RIPON: 1.45 Norab, 2.15 Risk Adjusted, 2.50 King Torus, 3.25 Pipers Note, 4.00 Fattsota, 4.35 Burneston, 5.10 Casterbridge.

SANDOWN: 2.00 Lil Rockerfeller, 2.35 Al Ferof, 3.15 SPECIAL TIARA (NAP), 3.50 Le Reve, 4.25 Box Office, 5.00 Howlongisafoot, 5.35 Bayan.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 6.15 For Ayman, 6.45 Renewing, 7.15 Megaleka, 7.45 Rembrandt Van Rijn, 8.15 Sequester, 8.45 Rafaaf, 9.15 Istinfaar.

CHELMSFORD: 2.10 Angel Of The Night, 2.45 Saved My Bacon, 3.15 Western Reserve, 3.45 Three Gracez, 4.20 Run With Pride, 4.50 The Quarterjack, 5.25 Candesta.

GOWRAN: 2.25 Cenotaph, 2.55 Princess Aloof, 3.25 Enter The Priory, 4.00 Wedding Vow, 4.30 Terracotta, 5.00 Pushkar, 5.35 Royal Navy Ship.

WETHERBY: 2.00 Trinity Star, 2.35 Wekeyll, 3.05 Fly With Emirates, 3.35 Poetic Verse, 4.10 Aussie Berry, 4.40 SECRET HINT (NAP), 5.15 Poolstock, 5.45 Where's Tiger.

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