And now Caulfield: Dean Holland takes Banco Mo to the winning post ahead of Mark Zahra riding Big Memory.And now Caulfield: Dean Holland takes Banco Mo to the winning post ahead of Mark Zahra riding Big Memory.Photo: Getty Images

Tasmanian gelding Banca Mo had not visited the winner’s stall since his victory in the 2013 Warrnambool Cup but he showed great reserves of courage to fight back after being headed to take out the $350,000 listed Mornington Cup (2400 metres) and guarantee himself a run in his year’s Caulfield Cup.

The win was an emotional one on different levels for both trainer Scott Brunton and jockey Dean Holland.

“It’s a huge thrill,” Brunton said. “The horse was going to be a superstar and was struck down by a bad injury and he’s had no luck back in Tassie,” Brunton said, referring to placings in both the Hobart and Launceston Cups. It’s just brilliant, absolutely brilliant.”

For Holland, the win came just weeks after he won the Adelaide Cup on Tanby but his thoughts were with his friend Jack Hill who was badly injured in a race fall on Friday.