Brilliant win by Franco Ledger at Omakau

07:17 AM 03 Jan 2012 NZDT
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Hamish Hunter
Hamish Hunter - in a file photo
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Soutland harness racing star Franco Ledger followed up some solid form with a resounding win in yesterday's (Monday) Central Otago Trotting Cup at Omakau.

Franco Ledger is raced by the ten strong What Ever Syndicate in partnership with Ryal Bush trainer Hamish Hunter who also drove the gelded son of Falcon Seelster to victory.

Although given an ounce luck at the 800m when Captain Peacock broke free of interference, Franco Ledger was always travelling well according to his driver. "We did get an ounce of luck and I managed to get off the markers, but he felt tremendous all the way and was really travelling at the top of the straight," Hunter said.

Franco Ledger blazed to the front at the 200 metres and came away to win by a length and a half at the line in a time of 3.15.8 for the mobile 2600m, home in a slick 56.3 and 27.2. Second home was the recent high-priced addition to the Tim Butt stable, Mah Sish. The son of Mach Three entered the Butt barn with massive wraps on his talent, but appeared to have every opportunity after being given a beautiful trip throughout by Anthony Butt.

Ohoka Dallas, although over-racing for the most part, still managed to finish third in the hands of Colin De Filippi.

Next-up for the talented Franco Ledger will be the Northern Southland Cup ($50,000) on January 12, followed by the Invercargill Cup ($40,000) on January 28.

Franco Ledger has compiled an impressive record of nine wins and four minor placings from 23 starts with stake earnings of $80,000.

Steve DOLAN

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