A couple of key gear changes saw Motree bred problem child Banca Nip (Ustinov x Hissy Miss) back in the winners circle again at Launceston last night.
The half brother to Launceston Guineas winner (LR) Glass Warrior has always shown plenty of ability however an aversion to the starting stalls as a younger horse prevented the headstrong gelding from gaining his barrier certificate and as a result it was not until May 2019 that Banca Nip made his racecourse debut as a 5yo where he attempted to buck at the start, resulting in another reprimand from the stewards.
Start number two for the gelding affectionately known as “Nippa” was less eventful as he showed a glimpse of his talent when storming home to run second however a further indiscretion in the barriers at his following start saw another embargo placed on the horse and trainer Scott Brunton enlist the help of respected horseman Rowan Hamer who has built a strong reputation in working with such problem horses.
Rowan did not disappoint and in Nov 2019 Banca Nip made his stable debut for Triton Lodge when winning over a mile under lights at Launceston.
With his barrier antics behind him Banca Nip was transferred back to Brunton and the future looked bright as he ran out an impressive winner two starts later over 1880m on Longford Cup day.
His form however tailed off towards the end of the campaign with environmental issues prompting the premier trainer to recommend a long spell and suggesting the gelding may be better suited being trained away from Seven Mile Beach and placed back in the care of Hamer on his return.
Last nights victory vindicated the decision from Brunton and was also reward for effort for jockey Ismail Toker who played a key role in the geldings earlier barrier education and made it two wins from as many rides aboard the horse.
The win capped another successful night on the track with the Motree bred Mandela Effect bouncing back to his best to finish a desperately unlucky second in the time honored Newmarket Hcp (LR) lumping topweight of 59.5kg.