Mach Banner on song for Hannon

Last week's Maurice Holmes Vase was a case of oh so close for stable star Mach Banner. After slightly missing the start, he received a perfect one-one sit on the back of eventual winner Four Starzzz Flash. Angled out for his shot at the leaders at the 150m he all but got up in a driving threeway finish, going down by the barest of noses. "I wasn't sure if we nailed him or not", said driver John Dunn, "but I turned to look at Dex and knew that the little buggar had got me". On the back of a 55 second last half, John was still very happy with his charge.

He is now looking forward to his next target, the Group 3 Hannon Memorial at Oamaru. This is a key race for New Zealand Cup aspirants who are again looking for that free ticket into the cup. "The field doesn't look any stronger than last week to be honest", said John. "Obviously with Mah Sish in there, it is another class act back in the fray, but I'm sure we'll be very competitive again.

The stable are represented by a second runner in Phantom Grin. The Gore trained runner from the Matthew Brinsdon stable has been with the stable for a couple of weeks to take advantage of greater opportunities in Canterbury. "He ran on nicely 1st up after getting well back. He appears to be really thriving at the beach and should take another step forward this week",said John.

 Mach Banner runs a great 2nd in last week's Maurice Holmes Vase  

Posted: Thu 12 Sep 2013

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