May 14, 2013
Courtesy of The Herald Sun TASMANIAN trainers David and Scott Brunton reckon Banca Mo is a fair dinkum war horse after he defied his normal racing pattern to win yesterdays National Jockey Trust Handicap (2000m) at Flemington. He looked like a war horse when owner Marni Gunn asked them to train it when she paid $2100 at the Tasmanian sales four years ago.
"He had half his nose missing and bits off him everywhere - I admit we would not have taken a look at him except for the urgings of the would-be owner,” Scott Brunton said after the Tough Speed gelding won his 10th race from 20 starts.
"He will go straight to the Warrnambool Cup now. After that we may look at the South Coast Cup (in Queensland) if it is wet there."
"The Warrnambool Cup (2350m) on May 2 looks ideal, especially if it is wet.
"He is not a good looker, that’s for sure. But he has a big heart.
"That win was awesome. He likes to get to the outside and have a free run at them, but he was cluttered up and still won. He has come along in leaps and bounds and is still underrated," Scott said.
Banca Mo ($3.60) had a half neck to spare from Auld Burns ($5) with three quarters of a length to Xavi ($11).