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Brad set for open company breakthrough at Mackay

By Glenn Davis

Dual licensee Trinity Bannon is hopeful promising sprinter Brad can make a successful open company debut as the gelding chases a hat-trick of wins at Mackay on Tuesday.

Brad was formerly trained by Stephen Hill in New South Wales before joining Bannon’s father Mick's stables at the start of the year.

The five-year-old was placed in his Queensland debut at Mackay in March before breaking his maiden status in the state’s sugar city four weeks later.

Brad was then transferred to Trinity, who has started a further six times for four wins and two placings in restricted company.

The son of Medaglia D’oro was impressive when he came from near last to beat a Class Four field over 1200 metres at Mackay on August 18, and then backed up 11 days later with a similar victory over 1300 metres.

“He’s still eligible for restricted grade but he’s racing very well and will be competitive again,” Bannon said.

“It’s a big step up to open company but hopefully the weight relief will help his chances.

“He’s fairly versatile with his distances and I think he’ll eventually run 1600 metres if he can settle better.”


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Bannon has booked Adam Sewell to ride Brad replacing Justin Stanley who has been the gelding’s regular rider.

“Unfortunately, with 54kgs he’s too light for me to ride,” she said.

Meanwhile, Bannon will ride her other three runners on the day; Starsonic in the Maiden Handicap (1560m), Magic Cody in the Rating 0-55 Handicap (1100m) and Ta Chanson in the Benchmark 70 Handicap (1050m).

Bannon rates Brad and Starsonic - a last start second in maiden class at Mackay on August 29 - as the best of her stable’s chances.

“Starsonic is going well and is screaming out for 1600 metres,” Bannon said.

Bannon was a former top central Queensland rider before turning her hand to training following a serious collarbone injury after being kicked by a horse five years ago.

She has won the Mackay training premiership twice and has claimed both the apprentices and seniors’ titles as a rider.

Bannon is only allowed to train five horses as a requirement to hold a dual licence as both a trainer and jockey.