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Promising four-year-old Typhoon Banner has made a full recovery from a debilitating virus and he looks set for a bright future after scoring an easy all-the-way victory in the 2130m Nova 93.7 Pace (2) at Gloucester Park on Saturday night.
“His main aim in this campaign was the John Higgins Memorial in July,” said trainer-reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green.
Typhoon Banner was one of the main fancies for the $30,000 Higgins Memorial in which he set the pace before fading to finish eighth.
“He pulled up very sick with a virus,” said Egerton-Green. “Luckily he has overcome that setback and has won at his two runs since resuming (after a 36-day absence).
Typhoon Banner returned to action after his Higgins failure in a 2503m stand at Bunbury on August 28 when he started off the 40m mark and outclassed his rivals, winning by more than ten lengths from Bountiful Reactor.
On Saturday night Typhoon Banner was a hot $1.28 favourite and he was untroubled to set the pace and win by two lengths from Sidstrepo, rating 1.58.4 after final quarters of 28.8sec. and 28.4sec.
A winner at one of his two New Zealand starts, Typhoon Banner has had 16 starts in Western Australia for eight wins and three placings. “He steps from a stand, so we will keep an eye on any suitable stands,” said Egerton-Green.
Typhoon Banner is by champion sire Bettors Delight and is a full-brother to Zahven Banner (50 starts for 15 wins, 18 placings and $130,527) and Cyclone Banner, who won the group 3 Chandon final at Gloucester Park in July 2020 and finished third behind Wildwest in the group 2 Governors Cup last February. Cyclone Banner had a record of 42 starts for 15 wins, ten placings and $142,060 in stakes before being sold two months ago to race in America.