HE'S been granted entry into Orange's feature race this Saturday, courtesy of a scratching, but Peter Stanley's under no illusions that Prince Planet will be in for a tough outing.
Stanley's five-year-old gelding has been granted a start in the $32,000 Banjo Patterson Cup (1,300 metres) at Towac Park after Cameron Crockett withdrew one of his three chances in the race, Prince Of Thebes.
This is the third start back for one of Stanley's stable leaders who has been racing among handy company on either side of his recent three month spell.
He finished third on three straight occasions prior to the spell during a consistent run of racing.
He then ran a disappointing last in his first-up event at Wyong before stepping up to take on a Highway Handicap race at Warwick Farm.
This will be a slightly easier event but it's not as if the drop off in quality is immense.
"He's had a couple of runs and it's toughen him up a bit," Stanley said.
"He'll run an honest race. He's been racing in strong company and will appreciate racing in this company.
"We took him to Randwick where he ran third in a Highway Handicap race and then he ran third in Hawkesbury. He then went an apprentice's race at Orange where he was third again. He's was being consistent without winning."
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Stanley's daughter Ashleigh returns to ride Prince Planet for the first time since his third placing at Orange.
Ashleigh Stanley's apprentice claim will bring Prince Planet to a 50kg weight.
The race's top weight runner, Fast Cash, is one to keep tabs on.
Fast Cash has been in the stables of Wangaratta's Dan McCarthy since October and boasted a start in the 2018 $250,000 Newmarket Grandwest VOBIS Gold Sprint.
His high benchmark has seen him slapped with a weight normally reserved for picnic racing - 63.5 kilograms - but he will command respect due to his race history.
Crockett's Ori On Fire comes into the race off a Highway Handicap victory at Randwick.
Bathurst's Dean Mirfin fields half brothers I Am Magnificent and I Am Capitan in the feature.
Saturday's racing starts from 1.41pm.