Aug 05, 2012
05/08/12 - Courtesy of Herald Sun - Michael Manley. TASMANIAN galloper Banca Mo will be set for the Caulfield Cup after his impressive win in the $100,000 Hong Kong Racehorse Owners Association Trophy (2040m).
His co-trainer, Scott Brunton, said they used Saturday's race as a litmus test for a cup start.
"He had a bit against him today. He hadn't run for a month and was stepping up to 2040m for the first time so it was a big effort," Brunton said.
After he won at Flemington at his previous start, Brunton had said they would spell him and set him for the feature Tasmanian cups next year.
"We thought we'd give him a month off and try today as a test for the Melbourne spring," he said.
"That was a terrific effort. Also he settled a bit closer than we intended but the jockey (Ben Knobel) kept a cool head and didn't panic at any stage. It was a great ride."
Brunton said they could head towards the Caulfield Cup and if he wasn't up to that grade they could always work backwards.
"There's still a lot of good races around during the spring," he said.
Brunton said Banca Mo and stablemate Prevailing, who won this year's Launceston Cup, would both be entered for the Caulfield Cup.
Banca Mo was bought for $2100 as a yearling for Mandy Gunn.
Banca Mo ($3.10) defeated fellow Tasmanian The Cleaner ($4.20) by three lengths, with Buxted ($16) a short half-head away third.
Peter Snowden took the training honours with a winning double, with Rusambo in the first race and Glows in the final race.