Franco Marek headlines Westport Cup field

by Mike Love

Franco Marek looks the horse to beat in today’s Pulse Energy Westport Cup at Patterson Park.

The 5 year old A Rocknroll Dance gelding has not won a race in almost a year after winning at Banks Peninsula on December 29 last year, but Lincoln trainer Greg Manson suggests “Frankie” may be about to kick another goal.

“He seems really well. He’s come through the Methven run and has worked on to my liking.”

Franco Marek ran a credible third in his previous start at Methven in the Green Mile, finishing only 1.7 lengths from rising star Ohoka Connor.

Franco Marek has had 3 wins and 2 placings on the grass surface from 8 attempts. His consistently good record on the grass should give punters the confidence they need. One statistic that may put a question mark over his chances is that Franco Marek has not competed over the maximum distance of 3200m. But that does not worry Manson.

“The distance won’t bother him at all. We do all of his work over the 3200 metres.

“I’m looking forward to it!”

Franco Marek will also need to overcome his 20m handicap, along with other live chances in the event that include the Greg and Nina Hope trained Homebush Lad, and Live On Legend for Kyle Austin coming off the back of an Addington win.

Earlier on the card in race 2 Manson will also line up maiden pacer Prettyboycoby. The 6 year old Bettors Delight gelding has not raced for 17 months, and has had his share of problems.

“He did something to his hock that took awhile to get over. He’s always had a few niggles.”

Prettyboycoby has had two placings in as many workouts before today’s resumption.

“He does things pretty right, but he’s no superstar. He’s a good standing start horse so he should be handy in the running.”

Race One is due to get underway at midday.

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