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Ideal barrier for Banca Mo in Betfair Launceston Cup

22 / 02 / 2015 Article by: Peter Staples
Mandy Gunn and her daughter Annabel Larby drew barrier seven icon Click to enlarge

THE connections of Banca Mo heaved a sigh of relief when the gelding drew a favorable barrier for next Wednesday’s $225,000 Betfair Launceston Cup.

Banca Mo has an aversion to inside barriers and owners and his trainer Scott Brunton are on tenterhooks whenever the gelding draws gate one or two in a race because he becomes fractious if left in the gate for any long period of time.

The gelding’s owner Mandy Gunn and her daughter Annabel Larby from the Gold Coast were given the responsibility of drawing his barrier at the official draw at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston.

The barrier numbers were hidden under the base of miniature Cup trophies and Mrs. Larby selected one that revealed barrier seven.

“We were hoping for anything between barrier four and six but seven will do,”
Mrs. Gunn said.

“We just didn’t want one or two so now we can be a bit more relaxed before the start of the race,” she said.

While Banca Mo’s owners and trainer are pleased with the draw so too were the owners of Geegees Blackflash that will start from gate four as he attempts to earn his owners and trainer an equal share of the $100,000 Tattsbet Cups Double bonus on offer to the connections of a horse that can win both the Hobart and Launceston Cups in the same season.

Another of the race favourites Genuine Lad from the Bill Ryan stable draw gate nine and he is to be ridden by Craig Williams who rode Epingle to victory in last year’s Hobart and Launceston cups

The Launceston Cup boasts only two interstate invaders and they fared well at the draw with the Tony McEvoy-trained Pelicano drawing gate two while Garud from the Michael Moroney stable drew gate five.

Of $225,000.1st $135,000, 2nd $40,500, 3rd $20,250, 4th $10,125, 5th $5,625, 6th $4,500, 7th $4,500, 8th $4,500 GROUP 3
Handicap, Minimum Weight 54kg, Apprentices cannot claim.Field Limit: 16 + 4 EM


No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 11×3513211 GEEGEES BLACKFLASH John Luttrell Ms Sigrid Carr (a) 4 60.5kg 108
2 71621×8465 PELICANO Tony McEvoy Matthew Neilson 2 57kg 101
3 x5378x4323 BANCA MO Scott Brunton David Pires 7 56.5kg 100
4 13x2x54157 IGGIMACOOL Bill Ryan Anthony Darmanin 6 54kg 98
5 03356×3168 GARUD (IRE) Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 5 54kg 90
6 11×3333222 GENUINE LAD Bill Ryan Craig Williams 9 54kg 87
7 24×3215014 OLLIE’S GOLD Gary White Dean Yendall 13 54kg 81
8 9055601708 ANOTHER LAD AL Rodney Seymour Troy Baker 8 54kg 76
9 50×5612533 KEUKENHOF Troy Blacker Ms Michelle Payne 3 54kg 75
10 55×2474885 UBOA Darren Kenny Damien Thornton (a) 12 54kg 69
11 x322132221 HUGO Brendan Mcshane Darren Gauci 11 54kg 68
12 7897726738 PROM KING Melissa Sweeney Ms Chantal Willis (a) 10 54kg 62
13 8007455286 DIGGER’S DAME John Blacker Jarrod Todd 1 54kg 58

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