Mackay trainer takes home the Cairns Newmarket trophy

Steve Bennett in News 4 Aug 2019
  • Trinity Bannon-trained Scherzoso takes out the Cairns Newmarket
  • Robert Thompson claims his second feature race in seven days

Mackay trainer Trinity Bannon has claimed her second feature race in 12 months after taking out the Cairns Newmarket with Scherzoso at Cannon Park on Saturday.
It was back in July last year when Bannon won the Mackay Newmarket in a tight finish with Grand Emperor.
For the now eight-year-old Scherzoso, it was his sixth career win and his first since arriving at the Bannon stables in Mackay.
The gelding began his racing career as a two-year-old where he won on debut in the hands of trainer Tony McEvoy. 
He went on to win four more races under McEvoy before transferring to the Aaron Purcell stables at Warrnambool.
He had 12 starts for Purcell without success then was transferred to the Bannon stables in Mackay.
After just one start for his new trainer, he lined up in the $100k Cleveland Bay Handicap at Townsville where he finished an unlucky sixth, beaten less than half a length after being blocked for room in the run home.
It turned out to be third time lucky for the gelding as he stormed home to claim the feature event.
For jockey Robert Thompson, it was his second major scalp in seven days after taking out the $150k Townsville Cup on The Harrovian the previous Saturday.

Returning to scale – Robert Thompson aboard Cairns Newmarket winner Scherzoso 
After drawing wide in gate ten, Thompson took the initiative and eased the horse back to save ground then brought him to the outside fence and finished best to beat home Grey Missile with race favourite Ozark two lengths back in third place.

Bannon, now an accomplished and premiership winning trainer, made the long 10-hour trek from Mackay to Cairns but for her and connections of Scherzoso, the trip certainly wasn’t in vain as the winner’s share of the purse will be going back to the caneland district with them.