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Francaletta chasing rich spoils
12 Oct 2017

Francaletta (High Chaparral x Snow Peak) is ready for redemption.


That's the view of Cambridge trainer Andrew Forsman as he puts the finishing polish on the five-year-old Trelawney Stud graduate ahead of Saturday's Gr.3 Rich Hill Stud Taranaki Breeders' Stakes (1400m) at Hawera.


The Lib Petagna-raced Francaletta had only once been beaten leading into her last start in the Gr.3 Boehringer Ingelheim Metric Mile (1550m) at Awapuni but she could only manage fifth place.


"It was a good effort but probably just a bridge too far, second up after a long break and up to a mile on a testing track," said Forsman, who trains with Murray Baker.


"We're pretty forgiving of that run and hoping she can bounce back. We expect her to run very well. She's not well off at weight-for-age but these black-type opportunities in fillies and mares company don't come around often so you've got to have a go."


Francaletta was to have tackled the Gr.3 Spring Sprint (1400m) at last Saturday's Hastings meeting but missed out on racing after the meeting was abandoned halfway through the card.


"It was a shame. We floated her all the way down there for nothing and we've just got to hope this week that the travel doesn't get to her," Forsman said.


Francaletta was sold through Trelawney's 2014 Inglis Easter draft for $65,000 when purchased by Bruce Perry. -NZ Racing Desk