Nearea Franco reigns supreme
Nearea Franco dispelled any doubts about being the country’s best pacing mare with a stunning performance in the Group 1 $100,000 Rosslands Queen Of Hearts Pace at Alexandra Park on December 19...
Nearea Franco dispelled any doubts about being the country’s best pacing mare with a stunning performance in the Group 1 $100,000 Rosslands Queen Of Hearts Pace at Alexandra Park on December 19.
The big bay mare put in a herculean effort in the 2200m event after sitting parked for the final 1400m, resolutely holding out the Purdon and Payne stable-mates of Port Courage and Reine Guinevere in the straight to score by a neck.
In winning her 8th and most important race to date the 5yo daughter of Badlands Hanover gave young trainer Steven McRae his first Group 1 success and regular reinsman Craig Thornley his second.
Bred and owned by Spreydon Lodge the mare has earned stakes of over $260,000 in her second season of racing. Last term she took out the 4yo Diamond for mares on Harness Jewels Day at Cambridge recording a scintillating 1:54.4.
Nearea Franco will now head to the big mares’ races at Addington in the New Year with a possible target later on the Easter Cup.
The weekend of 19th December was a good one for Badlands Hanover with the very good 3yo filly Beaudiene Bad Babe taking out the first heat of the Macca Lodge / Nevele R Stud Southland Oaks at Wairio.
The Murray Brown trained filly recorded her 4th straight win and her 9th overall from just 14 starts, pushing her stake earnings over the $70,000 mark. In taking out the event she got up to beat a very game Rona Lorraine by a neck, recording 1:56.2 for the mile.
Beaudiene Bad Babe is raced by the estate of Peter Ryan and was bred by Dave Kennedy of Otautau, Southland being the first foal of the In The Pocket mare Beaudiene Babe.