No rest for Mishani Honcho after Racing Minister’s 2yo Classic win

By: Mark Mazzaglia
January 19th, 2015

Trainer Les Ross has no plans to rest Mishani Honcho after the two year old scored a decisive win in the $150,000 Coastline BMW Racing Minister’s 2yo Classic (1200m) at the Sunshine Coast last Saturday.

Mishano Honcho will continue his campaign after winning at the Sunshine Coast following is win at the Gold Coast, above, in the B.J. McLachlan Stakes. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Mishano Honcho will continue his campaign after winning at the Sunshine Coast following is win at the Gold Coast, above, in the B.J. McLachlan Stakes. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Mishani Honcho recorded his fourth win from six starts and two on the trot after winning the Group 3 $150,000 B.J. McLachlan Stakes (1200m) at the Gold Coast on December 27 and Ross will keep the Jet Spur gelding’s campaign flowing with another start planned in three weeks.

“He’ll go for a three day break next week and come back for another QTIS race at Doomben in three weeks,” Ross told Racing Queensland News.

“Then there’s another QTIS race two weeks after that.”

Ross is keen to pick up more QTIS bonuses for the gelding’s connections after collecting a $24,500 QTIS bonus on top of the first place prizemoney of $96,000 on Saturday.

Mishani Honcho also picked up an extra $100,000 bonus for the winning the Racing Minister’s 2yo Classic after he became eligible for bonus after running in the B.J. McLachlan Stakes and in total collected $220,500 for his winning effort on Saturday.

“He’s won $420,000 in his last six starts and he keeps getting better,” Ross said.

Mishani Honcho scored four starts ago over over stablemate Mishani Di Caprio in 1200m two year old Handicap at Doomben on December 6 but then disappointed with a tenth over 1110m at Doomben on December 20.

Ross then removed the blinkers, a move that resulted in Mishani Honcho beating the odds on favourite Wicked Intent in the B.J. McLachlan at the Gold Coast and then followed up with Saturday’s win.

“He had the blinkers on when he missed the kick and ran tenth at Doomben two starts back but I took them off for his win in the Bruce McLachlan and now this,” Ross said.

Ross is having a great 2014 – 2015 season with his youngsters recording nine wins from a total of fifteen wins for the stable so far this season.

“That’s not a bad effort considering I went to the sales and only bought about ten yearlings while a lot of other trainers buy twenty and thirty yearlings,” Ross said.

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