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Mach Banner too slick in season debut

Six months off the scene and losing two of his best assets did not slow down Mach Banner at Addington last Friday. Returning from an injury break, which included being gelded, Mach Banner was a solidly supported second pick behind Stunin Cullen in the feature pace of the night but no one expected to see what unfolded.

After a quick burn to find the front in the mid stages, Stunin Cullen was joined in the lead by Mach Banner who had his measure turning for home. The bigger, bolder and seemingly badder son of Mach Three then held off the challenge of the other Open Classer in the race, Rangataua Ray, who would have please his connections with a strong second.

Race favourite Stunin Cullen, “blew out” according to trainer driver Anthony Butt and he sees more, hard racing as the key to Stunin Cullen’s development in the coming weeks. The 2.00 mile rate first-up from a standing start was a marked step up from the trial and workout runs he’d enjoyed in the lead-in. Stunin Cullen wound up in fifth place.

There were other top-class horses on display over the weekend as well. Franco Emirate ran a bit of time and easily accounted for two workout rivals at Motukarara on Saturday morning. Earlier in the programme at Motukarara Ohoka Texas and Sleepy Tripp battled it out in the mobile heat with Ohoka Texas looking the more forward gaining a one-and-a-half-length win.

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