Top three placing crucial for Franco Nelson in final round

Top three placing crucial for Franco Nelson in final round

Following the second round of heats run at Bunbury on Tuesday evening, Franco Nelson sits just outside the top ten and is needing a top three finish in Friday evening's final round to make the final.

In last Friday's first round of heats, Franco Nelson ran a good third after enjoying the one-one sit throughout. The winner of that heat and the dominating favourite for next week's final was Hectorjayjay. While happy with the run, driver Dexter Dunn recommended the addition of a pole and a change of shoeing.

Four nights later and the second round of heats was held at Bunbury about two hours out of Perth. After an early dig for the lead, Franco Nelson was obliged to race parked outside race favourite Run Oneover. With just over a lap to go, fellow Kiwi Smolda came around to asume the parked position. Franco Nelson was pulled out to launch his run at the 400m, was forced very wide turning for home, but finished strongly to end up in 5th place.

Dexter has been happy with both runs from the horse but is mindful of the need for big points this Friday.

"He's going really well. I was happy with him again on Tuesday. We did burn a bit early on so to finish off as he did was good."

"There is a lot of speed inside us on Friday. Bettor's Fire leaves that quick, it is like he is tied to the gate."

"The longer distance is definitely going to be to our advanatage and as long as we can get a spot close to the speed, he will get his chance."

Heat Night 1Heat Night 2Heat Night 3Series
HorseHeatPlacingPointsHeatPlacingPointsHeatPlacingPointsTotal PointsRank
HECTORJAYJAY (VIC) HEAT 3 1 14 HEAT 5 1 14 HEAT 7 0 28 1
RUN ONEOVER NZ (WA) HEAT 3 2 11 HEAT 4 1 14 HEAT 8 0 25 2
LENNYTHESHARK (VIC) HEAT 1 1 14 HEAT 6 4 7 HEAT 8 0 21 3
BETTORS FIRE NZ (WA) HEAT 2 1 14 HEAT 5 5 6 HEAT 8 0 20 4
BLING IT ON (NSW) HEAT 3 5 6 HEAT 6 1 14 HEAT 9 0 20 4
JOHN OF ARC NZ (WA) HEAT 2 3 9 HEAT 6 2 11 HEAT 7 0 20 4
SMOLDA (NZ) HEAT 2 2 11 HEAT 4 3 9 HEAT 9 0 20 4
BEAUDIENE BOAZ NZ (WA) HEAT 1 2 11 HEAT 5 4 7 HEAT 9 0 18 8
OUR JERICHO NZ (WA) HEAT 1 4 7 HEAT 5 2 11 HEAT 9 0 18 8
OUR JIMMY JOHNSTONE NZ (WA) HEAT 1 3 9 HEAT 4 4 7 HEAT 7 0 16 10
FRANCO NELSON NZ (NZ) HEAT 3 3 9 HEAT 4 5 6 HEAT 8 0 15 11
ULTIMATE ART (NSW) HEAT 1 7 4 HEAT 5 3 9 HEAT 9 0 13 12
FREYBERG NZ (NSW) HEAT 3 10 1 HEAT 4 2 11 HEAT 8 0 12 13
SIMPLY SUSATIONAL NZ (WA) HEAT 3 4 7 HEAT 6 6 5 HEAT 9 0 12 13
PHOENIX WARRIOR NZ (WA) HEAT 2 4 7 HEAT 5 7 4 HEAT 8 0 11 15
WAYLADE NZ (WA) HEAT 2 9 2 HEAT 6 3 9 HEAT 7 0 11 15
CYAMACH NZ (WA) HEAT 3 6 5 HEAT 4 6 5 HEAT 8 0 10 17
IMA CONNOISSEUR NZ (WA) HEAT 2 5 6 HEAT 6 7 4 HEAT 7 0 10 17
THE BUCKET LIST NZ (WA) HEAT 1 6 5 HEAT 4 7 4 HEAT 7 0 9 19
MAJOR CROCKER (VIC) HEAT 2 6 5 HEAT 5 8 3 HEAT 8 0 8 20
HEEZ ON FIRE (WA) HEAT 2 10 1 HEAT 6 5 6 HEAT 7 0 7 21
OUR BLACKBIRD NZ (WA) HEAT 2 7 4 HEAT 6 8 3 HEAT 7 0 7 21
TRICKY STYX NZ (WA) HEAT 1 9 2 HEAT 5 6 5 HEAT 9 0 7 21
FLAMING FLUTTER NZ (WA) HEAT 3 8 3 HEAT 4 8 3 HEAT 8 0 6 24
GUARANTEED (VIC) HEAT 1 5 6 0 0 6 24
EXCITEUSINTHECITY (VIC) HEAT 3 9 2 HEAT 6 9 2 HEAT 9 0 4 26
RESTREPO (VIC) HEAT 3 7 4 0 0 4 26
ELEGANT CHRISTIAN NZ (WA) HEAT 1 8 3 0 0 3 28
STUNNING GRIN (VIC) HEAT 1 10 1 HEAT 4 9 2 HEAT 7 0 3 28
YANKEE ROCKSTAR (VIC) HEAT 2 8 3 0 0 3 28

Posted: Thu 01 Dec 2016

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