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Top trainers’ big chance in Red Badge
06 Oct 2017

Francaletta (High Chaparral x Snow Peak) will represent the Baker/Forsman stable in the Gr.3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) at Hastings on Saturday.

Francaletta slips in on the 53kg minimum, has drawn ideally at barrier two and is unbeaten in three starts on the Hastings track.

She beat the smart Dolcetto at Hastings in her second and third starts last spring in special conditions events then returned to the course last month when scoring an impressive fresh-up win over Miss Wilson and Ferrando over 1200m.

With a record of five wins in her first six starts, Francaletta was expected to win again second-up when hot favourite in the Gr.3 Metric Mile at Awapuni (1550m), but the High Chaparral mare had to settle for fifth to Dolcetto on a heavy 10 surface.

“She got through the track well enough, but it was more the step up to a mile. It was just too tough for her second-up,”co-trainer Andrew Forsman said. “She just knocked up the last bit.”

But Forsman is adamant it will be a different outcome on Saturday.

“She looks well. She has never been better this time in,” Forsman said.

“The only concern is a firm track. She’s a big, strong mare with not the best joints, but they can usually get away with one on top of the ground.

“She’s got a lovely draw and there looks a bit of speed in it so she should get a good run.”

Michael Coleman will continue his association with Francaletta who was purchased by Bruce Perry for $65,000 from Trelawney's 2014 Inglis Easter draft. -NZRacing Desk