Fran­caletta ready to fire

Waikato Times - - Racing -

Fran­caletta is ready for re­demp­tion.

That’s the view of Cam­bridge trainer An­drew Fors­man as he puts the fin­ish­ing pol­ish on the five-year-old High Cha­parral mare ahead of Saturday’s Group III Rich Hill Stud Taranaki Breed­ers’ Stakes (1400m) at Haw­era.

The Lib Pe­tagna-raced Fran­caletta had only once been beaten lead­ing into her last start in the Group III Boehringer In­gel­heim Met­ric Mile (1550m) at Awa­puni but she could only man­age fifth place.

‘‘It was a good ef­fort but prob­a­bly just a bridge too far, sec­ond up after a long break and up to a mile on a test­ing track,’’ said Fors­man, who trains with Mur­ray Baker.

‘‘We’re pretty for­giv­ing of that run and hop­ing she can bounce back. We ex­pect her to run very well. She’s not well off at weight­for-age but these black-type op­por­tu­ni­ties in fil­lies and mares com­pany don’t come around of­ten so you’ve got to have a go.’’

Fran­caletta was to have tack­led the Group III Spring Sprint (1400m) at last Saturday’s Hast­ings meet­ing but missed out on rac­ing after the meet­ing was aban­doned half­way through the card.

‘‘It was a shame. We floated her all the way down there for noth­ing and we’ve just got to hope this week that the travel doesn’t get to her,’’ Fors­man said.

Fran­caletta is the stable’s sole run­ner at Haw­era, with a team of eight en­tered for Mata­mata on Saturday, among them Deals In Heels, Eleonora and Grand Rio – all en­tries for the Group II Cou­p­land’s Bak­eries Mile at Ric­car­ton on Novem­ber 15 – and Group I Gavel­ 1000 Guineas (1600m) hope­fuls Charli Rose and Seren­ity.

Vic­to­ria Oaks-placeget­ter Eleonora, served by Sav­abeel in re­cent weeks, makes her four-yearold de­but in the Listed Team Weal­leans Mata­mata Cup (1600m), hav­ing placed in a trial at Te Awa­mutu in July only to have her re­sum­ing run thwarted by un­suit­able heavy tracks in re­cent weeks.

‘‘A slow track is going to suit her fresh-up. We couldn’t be hap­pier with her work, which has re­ally im­proved in the last few weeks,’’ Fors­man said.

‘‘She’s def­i­nitely good enough to win but we’d have to be a bit for­giv­ing if she did hap­pen to blow out.’’

Deals In Heels has won four of her five starts and has looked an ex­cit­ing prospect.

‘‘Even in her track­work, the more she does of any­thing, the bet­ter she gets,’’ Fors­man said.

‘‘She got a bit keen last start, got a bit fizzed up and though she is prob­a­bly look­ing for 1400m to 1600m now, we’re hop­ing we can get away with drop­ping back to 1200m on Saturday.’’

Three-year-old fil­lies Charli Rose and Seren­ity clash in the Fairview Ford Mo­tors 1400, a race which could see a re­turn matchup in the Listed Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at Eller­slie a fort­night later if both run well.

‘‘Both are still Guineas con­tenders, hav­ing won a race each this preparation. We like them both,’’ Fors­man said.

The re­main­ing stable run­ners are Street Ranger, Crafty Jess and O’Carol, while in Mel­bourne, Bon­neval and Jon Snow con­test Saturday’s Group I A$1 mil­lion Caulfield Stakes (2000m) and Lizzie L’Amour tack­les Sun­day’s Listed Cran­bourne Cup (2025m).


Fran­caletta is a $3.40 favourite for Saturday’s Taranaki Breed­ers’ Stakes.

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