Spreydon Lodge Limited was established in the mid 1980's by the late Wayne Francis as the home of the "Franco Harness Racing Stables" and" Franco Breeding". It initially consisted of 180 acres in Halswell on the rural boundary of Christchurch before Wayne added two further properties to run his racing and breeding operation from. Over the years Wayne built up a large band (100+) of some of the best-credentialled standardbred broodmares in New Zealand and Australia.
Today, Wayne's Estate continues to operate Spreydon Lodge as a legacy to his memory and his vast involvement in the New Zealand Harness Racing Industry. Currently Spreydon Lodge is breeding from around 60 mares, many of which are either former classic winning fillies and/or are classic winning producers.
Franco Nelson too good in Sires Stakes Final
Franco Nelson has won New Zealand Harness Racing's most coveted 3-year-pacing event - the $180,000 Group One Sires Stakes Final. Read more
Franco Nelson wins Welcome Stakes
Spreydon Lodge delivered a talented harness racing type to the race-track at tonight's (30 March 2012) New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club meeting held at Addington Raceway and came away with a win in the Group Two Welcome Stakes with Franco Nelson. Read more
Spreydon Lodge Reduction Sale
The Christchurch based breeding and training institution Spreydon Lodge Ltd is having an on-farm Reduction Sale, run by PGG Wrightson Ltd, on September 8 with the catalogue featuring plenty of blue-blooded broodmares and a large number of quality yearlings. Read more