Franco Nelson pleases in Rangiora workout

As one of last season's top 4yr olds, his wins incuding the 4yr old Emerald on jewels day, Franco Nelson looks sure to be one to follow over the comimg weeks. He had his first public run for the new season at Rangiora's workouts and put paid to a moderate C1 and faster field over the 2600m, home his last 800m in 57.6 and 400m 28.7. John was very pleased with his charge. "Yea he went really good mate. Very happy! We'll give him a trial next week and then reassess. He's a chance to run in the Avon City Ford (26 September), but otherwise the classic a couple of weeks later."

Franco Nelson set for a big season

In terms of the other fast class pacers in the stable, there has been some mixed news. "Elios has had a setback and has gone out. He'll probably not be back racing now until December." Pure Power and Jivin Cullen both raced in the Maurice Holmes Vase last Friday and were a bit disappointing. "I did go pretty hard with Jivin Cullen, but he was still entitled to go better than he did."  "Pure Power had a bit of an off night and we are hoping for better this week in the Hannon." Both will carry on in their push for places in the 2014 cup field.  

Some of last seasons younger brigade are also getting close to race day. "Say My Name has really filled out now and looks superb. He ran a nice second at the Rangiora workouts. We will most likely go to the Forbury Sires Stakes heat with him." Robbie Burns that impressed first up last season and stable newcomer Little Grin are both getting close to workouts and trials and can be expected to be seen in the next couple of weeks.

The "babies" had an early season run on Wednesday as well, with Sales purchase Code Black (Bettor's Delight - Chritian Watch) getting the big tick from John. "He came out of the gate well and travelled good throughout. He took the passing lane good and went to the line full of running." "He can have a short break now and then he'll be back. We'll be targeting the Young Guns with him for sure." Art Official colt Ruffalo went a pleasing run in the same workout.                   

Posted: Fri 12 Sep 2014

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