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New Zealand-bred five-year-old Typhoon Banner, who crashed heavily on the home turn in a heat of the Nights of Thunder two weeks before returning to Gloucester Park on Friday night, showed he had taken no ill-effects from the fall when he outclassed the opposition in the 2536m Retravision, 60 Day Priced Promise Pace.

“He was very lucky in that he just had a little bit of skin off his back legs,” said trainer-reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green. “It was nothing major. I was worse off — rather me than him — losing some skin off an elbow and a hip.

“Typhoon Banner had a crash landing, but it was at slow speed. I had slowed him up before he hit the ground. Treatment from a masseur and a chiropractor helped him to recover quickly.”

Typhoon Banner, who was purchased as an unraced youngster in New Zealand by Rob Tomlinson and Damian Keating, had two starts in that country for a most impressive win by seven lengths at Manawatu at his farewell appearance before coming to Western Australia.

He has proved to be a wonderfully consistent performer, with his all-the-way win on Friday night improving his record to 29 starts for ten wins, eight placings and $88,110 in prizemoney.

Typhoon Banner is by Bettors Delight and is the fifth foal out of the unraced mare When You’re Hot. He is following in the footsteps of his full-brother Cyclone Banner, who had 36 starts in WA for Tomlinson and Keating and trainer Ray Williams for 13 wins and nine placings.

He won the group 3 Chandon final in July 2020, and at his third last start in WA before being sold to America he finished third behind Wildwest in the group 2 Governor’s Cup in February 2021.  

Typhoon Banner was the $1.10 favourite from the No. 1 barrier on Friday night, and he was not extended in setting the pace and winning from the $13 second fancy Arma Einstein, who trailed him throughout. After a modest early pace Typhoon Banner dashed over the final quarters in 28.5sec. and 27.4sec.

“He is not just a good frontrunner,” said Egerton-Green. “He has also been going super from behind.”