Fifth straight win


Franco Saxon continued his Manawatu domination with a fifth straight win at the Palmerston North track on Tuesday.

He was one of four winners on the day for Michael House and Blair Orange along with Laura Bush, Fancy Schmancy and Black Art

He’s now rated 92 and is a $1.40 chance of making it six straight there tonight.

A win will definitely handicap him out of the main pace at the regular two-day meetings, but locals shouldn’t get too excited about seeing the back of him just yet.

House revealed that he plans on bring Franco Saxon back to Manawatu, just not as most might think.

“There is another chapter to be written yet.

“Realistically this might be his last start at Palmy. As a pacer.

“He might come back next time in a different gait. He trots like a machine.”

That will surely mean more money in the kitty for the goHarness Staxofun Syndicate, headed by Noel Kennard.

“If he wins again on Thursday that will mean they’ve cleared $30,000 in six months out of him.”

It’s come as no surprise really as Franco Saxon was competitive in a tough grade at Addington when trained by Craig and Aimee Edmonds.

But Kennard made a bold decision to hitch his wagon to House’s travelling roadshow that was so dominant at Manawatu meetings last season.

“I trained my first winner for Noel in 1993 at a time in his life when he was battling hard after the 1987 crash.

“I got the horse sold for good money to Australia and I know it meant a lot to him so we’ve had a good relationship over the years.

“I happened to say to him a few months back that if he came up with the right horse that might need some class relief to give me a call.

“About a week later he rung and said what about Franco Saxon?

“He was absolutely ideal as he came in at the right time of the season and I knew we’d great results in the lead-up to Christmas.

“His previous trainers didn’t handle it well; it was quite awkward to be honest, but it was the owners’ decision.

“I know how they feel.

“There is a horse racing this week that had two starts for two wins for me last season (Jazzy Star) but the owner has given it to another trainer.

“It happens. We just have to be thankful to all paying owners as we are bloody lucky to get them at any time.”

House still expects to have a strong hand in the night’s main pace going forward.

“I’m taking Shillelagh back there next meeting; he’s a good wee horse and loves Manawatu.

“He’ll carry on where Franco Saxon left off.”

Looking towards his other nine runners on Thursday, House pointed towards a maiden as his best winning chance, though bookies aren’t being generous at $1.45.

“American Banner is a very fast horse by Tintin In America and I’d say she should be winning.

“When I first drove her the peak on my cap was bent upwards at the end of the workout, so we must have been going fast.”


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