Cobra Banner a big chance to add further grass track success

After previous wins on grass tracks over the last couple of months, Cobra Banner will look to keep up a perfect record on the surface when contesting a C1 race at Gate Pa this afternoon.

A half brother to the well performed Mach Banner, Mako Banner and Sovereign Banner, Cobra Banner has done a good job out of his Pukekohe base since arriving in the North Island back in October. In just six starts for Robert, Cobra Banner has produced the two winning runs, both on the grass and has also run the one placing. While having no luck at Alexandra Park last time from a poor draw, you should look no further than his winning run on the grass at Thames just two weeks ago, in pretty much the same company as he meets again today.

"Its basically the same field as he beat at Thames and he has trained on well since his last run, so he must be a great chance," said race driver Jack MacKinnon who has piloted the horse in his two winning runs.

While drawn out a bit today, this should prove no barrier to the horse that came from a hopeless position to win two weeks ago.

An interesting runner for the stable today and resuming after six months away from the track is Cherry Bay owned by the Westview No 16 syndicate. A winner at Alexandra Park back in the winter, there has never been any doubting the ability of this mare, but manners have been her biggest issue at times. She goes into today's race without the benefit of a trial or a workout. It is again stable junior driver Jack MacKinnon that combines with her.

"She seems to be a bit more tractable this time in, but she's going in without any trials and its the first time that she has seen the gate in months."

"She is a good chance as long as she goes away from the mobile," something that has been her undoing in her previous starts. 

The final runner for today is Sole Delight in Race Three. Her run also on the grass last time at Thames was much improved from her debut run. With the expected improvement out of that run, she too must at least be considered a place hope today.

Posted: Sun 05 Feb 2017

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