Franco Nelson heavily supported to win Fremantle Pacing Cup

Franco Nelson heavily supported to win Fremantle Pacing Cup

While he had no luck in the Village Kid last week, the lead up to tomorrow night's Fremantle Pacing Cup, Franco Nelson pleased driver Ryan Bell who thinks that he is a big hope going into the Group One feature. Unlike his last few starts in Western Australia, Franco Nelson is drawn well in barrier three and looks a great shot to lead early in the race.

A $300,000 race, the Fremantle Pacing Cup has attracted the best pacers in Western Australia, with Franco Nelson the lone raider from over the Tasman. Now trained by top trainers Greg and Skye Bond, Franco Nelson was a battling 7th in last week's lead up after having little luck in the runnng from his wide draw.

"The one that I followed last week didn't do much to help me at all," said race driver Ryan Bell.

"I was one of those damned if you do and damned if you don't situations, but I did think he still went really well, sprinting down the back four wide and off the track in 27.6, before peaking on his run, halfway up the straight."

"He did feel terrific in the run, it was just the pedestrian tempo of the race that played into the hands of the leaders and giving us no chance."

"The horse has come through the race really well and will definitely be much better suited by the longer distance of tomorrow night and next week's race also. Having all of our best ones here will certainly make it a genuinely run race."

Bell has tasted success in the race previously, combining with Power Of Tara to win in 2009.

Franco Nelson has been heavily backed in Australia, since the markets on the race came out and will start close to favourite. He is presently a $3.20 second favourite to win the race, with the Gary Hall trained Chicago Bull at $3.00 and last week's winner Beaudiene Boaz at $4.00. Both of these horses are proven at the highest level,  with Beaudiene Boaz already the earner of $1.2 million. On this occasion Gary Hall jnr has elected to drive Chicago Bull an indicator that the bookies have got the markers pretty much spot on.

To be run at 1.40am Saturday morning NZ time, this race is sure to be a cracker. For all of the connections, the very best of luck and may Nelson again do you proud.

Posted: Thu 05 Jan 2017

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