Franco Nelson set for Oamaru resumption

A recent newcomer to the Robert Dunn Stable is outstanding 3yr old colt Franco Nelson. This well performed Christian Cullen colt was formerly trained by Steven McRae at Spreydon Lodge. McRae has done an outstanding job with the colt throughout his 2yr old season and 3yr old campaign to date.The highlight for the 2012-2013 season was undoubtedly victory in the Sires' Stakes final at Addington on cup day, beating home Arden Rooney.


Franco Nelson in the hands of regular reinsman Craig Thornley proves too good for his rivals in the 2012 Group One Sires' Stakes final at Addington.


While there are no major issues with the horse regarding soundness, he has always had minor niggles throughout his career in particular with his knees. In what was a difficult decision for connections, it was felt that it was in the best interests of the horse to move to a beach trained stable. In talking with John today,he said that the horse has, "settled in great. We have had him for just on two weeks and he seems to be thriving. He has been worked most days but he is the type of horse that we haven't done a lot of fast work with particularly with the high speed that he naturally possesses."

The horse possesses a magnificent strike-rate with 8 wins, 1 second and 3 thirds from his 13 starts. "He is all set for a resumption this Sunday at Oamaru in a 2-3 win 2000m mobile."  Craig Thornley will continue to drive the horse on raceday. Safely through Sunday, it is then onto Ashburton and jewels day. "We haven't looked to the long-term for now, but obviously the Breeders Crown would be on the radar if everything went to plan".

The addition of Franco Nelson to the stable's 3yr old ranks now means that it is likely that there will be 3 runners from the stable likely to line up in the Emerald with Elios guaranteed a start and Blazin N Cullen still safe in 10th position,   





2012 Sires' Stakes Final victory










Posted: Mon 13 May 2013