Day At The Track

Some consolation for Syd

09:22 AM 29 Aug 2017 NZST
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Lorretta Franco after winning at Gore
Photo - Bruce Stewart

It hasn't been the best of times recently for Gore harness racing trainer Syd Breen.

Five weeks ago he lost an old mate when the Flashing Red gelding Flashing On, winner of four races, had to be put down wih a twisted bowel.

"It was gut wrenching. I saw him every day and he was just a big awesome horse. He was just full on nonsense around the place but as soon as you put the cart on he was just all business," said Breen.

Although the whole experience is still pretty raw the win today by another stable runner Lorretta Franco would have gone some way in healing the hurt. 

She's a product of Spreydon Lodge and Breen has had the Changeover mare since April when she came down for the Winton meeting.

Today from barrier three driver Matty Williamson powered Lorretta Franco off the gate and took her straight to the front. Turning in for the run home Williamson still had a handful of horse. He looked over his shoulder and promptly pinched a nice break. The five year old mare held on to win easily by two and a half lengths from a fast finishing Shawami Lass.

Lorretta Franco winning with Matty Williamson               - Photo Bruce Stewart. 

"She's a wee tradesman who can pull a bit. We've been lucky that we've got a few good draws. We've tried a few different bits on her and I think she'll learn to relax again. She was a ready made racehorse when she got here and a great doer who loves being in work."

Lorretta Franco is raced by the Organ Donations Save Lives Syndicate along with The Flashing On Syndicate who were transferred into the ownership recently along with Breen, Ross Cleland and long time stable helper Stevie Heads.

Going into today's race there was a certain amount of confidence. 

"I told the Organ Donation syndicate that I thought she could win. It's not very often that I label them. She can win another race and still start in the Nuggets Final in October (Northern Southland Meeting on 7th October). It's a great idea."

Breen is only working a small team but two of his stable stars Santanna's Rocket and Sagwitch are progressing well. 

"I'm pretty happy with Santanna's Rocket. He's thickened up through the girth and he's a strong horse now. He was a bit immature last season.

Sagwitch won three races last year and not many three year olds do that. His coats taken a wee while. I've always had a bit of time for him and I think he's a horse that will just get better and better.

They both really wintered well and they were only out for six weeks. Get Real is going through his paces. The money's so good for these maiden pacers now. He's only a kick in the bum away from winning a race."


Bruce Stewart
Southland Harness Racing

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