Mo Races Time For Hobart Cup

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He might have missed a vital lead-up run, but punters are still banking on Banca Mo to deliver the goods in the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) on Monday.

Trained by David and Scott Brunton at Seven Mile Beach, Banca Mo was fractious in the stalls before the Summer Cup (2200m) a fortnight ago and bumped his head. The seven-year-old bled from the mouth and had to be scratched. Stewards ordered him to trial, and he did that in style last Tuesday to confirm his place in the $225,000 feature.

It's now been 40 days since the son of Tough Speed has raced and that isn't ideal for a 2400m event against tough, race-fit opposition. However, he was won two of four at Tattersall's Park and is very good on rain affected going.

This is the longest gap between races, with the gelding previously successful after a 28-day absence. Supporters are going back to Mo's early 2013 campaign which included three consecutive wins and cuminated in a five-length victory in the $203,000 Warrnambool Cup (2350m). 

Mainland raiders Pelicano , Garud and Falamonte pose real threat, while Banca Mo, the seemingly ageless Geegees Blackflash , promising mare Iggimacool and consistent four-year-old Genuine Lad are the best of the locals.

There are also three $100,000 feature events on the 10-race card - the TattsBet Thomas Lyons Stakes, the Strutt Stakes and the Elwick Stakes.    

Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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