Day At The Track

Syndicate horse sold to Mike Maynard

06:32 PM 30 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Franco Harrison - Parading at Addington tonight Mike Maynard (R) shaking hands with John Robinson from Go Harness
Franco Harrison - Parading at Addington tonight
Mike Maynard (R) shaking hands with John Robinson from Go Harness

The Go Harness team have syndicated a lot of horses over the last few years but tonight was a bit of a watershed as they sold the first horse they ever syndicated.

 Franco Harrison was the first horse that they syndicated after they brought him from Spreydon Lodge for $60,000.

Placed with Cran Dalgety initially, Franco Harrison was ultra consistent early in the piece and gave the syndicate members a lot of thrills.

However he was troubled by feet issues over time and his form dropped away which resulted in a transfer to the Greg and Nina Hope stable at Woodend Beach where it was hoped the beach training would help him get over his issues.

While he did show glimpses of the old Franco Harrison with the highlight a five length win at Kaikoura in November, he was still a touch inconsistent.

The syndicate had a condition that it was to be wound up after a set period and even though that period was extended  by syndicate boss Noel Kennard, the decision was made recently to fulfill the obligation to sell Franco Harrison at public auction to wind up the syndicate.

Hence tonight at Addington after race two Franco Harrison was auctioned by PGG Wrightson auctioneer Peter Lagan and he was snapped up by leading amateur driver Mike Maynard for a paltry $1500.

Mike was surprised that he picked him up for such a cheap price.

" I thought he would go for a lot more than $1500"

" I had a few mates set up to come in and race him with me but at $1500 I might just race him myself."

" He can go round in the amateur races for now but he can always go back in claimers if he wins his way out of those races," Mike said.

Aware that Franco Harrison has had his shares of issues with his feet, Mike is going to place Franco Harrison with Brad Mowbray at Yaldhurst.

"Brad has a pool so that will help hopefully with his feet, Mike said.

The Go Harness team have done a fantastic job introducing new people into the harness racing industry but maybe they should have another look about how they wind up their syndicates.

Harnesslink Media


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