Day At The Track

Franco Emirate faces off in Cranbourne Cup

01:07 AM 07 Dec 2011 NZDT
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Franco Emirate and Jim Curtin
Franco Emirate and Jim Curtin - A tough son of Christian Cullen
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The Jim Curtin trained Franco Emirate will fly the Kiwi flag in Saturday night's (December 10) $100,000 Cranbourne Pacing Cup which has drawn a quality harness racing field of top line pacers including Inter-Dominion Champion Im Themightyquinn.

The big son of Christian Cullen has settled in well at the Victorian property of Merv Williamson in preparation for the Group One event, and Curtin is hoping for a slightly improved performance from his last start 2nd at Menangle behind Washakie.

“He didn’t eat-up particularly well leading into the Sydney race but you don’t like to make too many excuses. The run of the winner was outstanding and he went good again in the Treuer, so hopefully our form is good off the back of that,”Curtin said.

In terms of experience Franco Emirate is still a relative newcomer to the open class ranks, the gelding’s 23 starts have netted the connections 14 wins and over $300,000 in stake earnings. “He’s still got a long way to go and these sorts of trips are all a good learning curb for him, you have to keep reminding yourself that he’s only had twenty odd starts. He seems happy enough and his work was really good yesterday, although I didn’t work him particularly hard,” Curtin stressed.

Franco Emirate has drawn nicely outside the pole horse Make Mine Cullen who could be a danger from that barrier, although the biggest threats will most likely to come from seasoned campaigners ImThemightyquinn and Mr Feelgood.

$100,000 DECRON CRANBOURNE PACING CUP (GROUP 1) 10:00 PM (Aust time)

1    87311  MAKE MINE CULLEN             G F Douglas      Daryl Douglas

2    05123  FRANCO EMIRATE NZ           J F Curtin          James Curtin

3    5s046  VILLAGEM                           L Miles             Lisa Miles

4    11132  IM THEMIGHTYQUINN NZ      G E Hall (Snr)    Nathan Jack

5    11863  BROADWAYS BEST               S R McLean      SCRATCHED

6    01095  LETS SLASH AN BURN NZ       G F Webster     Geoff Webster

7    36474  OUR MALABAR NZ                 L J Justice        Lance Justice

---------- Second Row ----------

8    21214  MR FEELGOOD USA               L A McCarthy     Luke McCarthy

9    77582  PACIFIC PLAYGIRL NZ           D F Braun         Greg Sugars

10  6s265  LISAGAIN USA                       T G Butt            Anthony Butt


Franco Emirate running third behind Washakie at his on Australian start at Tabcorp Park Menangle on November 26, 2011:

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