Ledger a Southland star
Franco Ledger and his part-owner Brendon McIntyre took centre stage at the Southland Harness Awards in Invercargill last night.
Five-year-old Franco Ledger was announced Horse of the Year and McIntyre received the Person of the Year Award. Winter Rose got Broodmare of the Year.
Last season Franco Ledger won the Wyndham, Central Otago and Waikouaiti Cups and triumphed in the Southern Country Cups Final at Ascot Park. His 15 starts for the term yielded five wins, three seconds, a third and $88,776 in stakes.
Ryal Bush horseman Hamish Hunter trains the son of Falcon Seelster and shares the ownership with the What Ever Syndicate. Members of the syndicate are Brendon McIntyre and Rob Wilks, of Invercargill; Paul O'Neill, John Catherwood and Bevan Dowling, of Hyde; Tony O'Neill, of Gimmerburn, Bruce Harvie, of Middlemarch, Mike Cornelissen, of Mosgiel, Ken McConnell, of Clyde, and Neil Tisdall, of Perth.
Star broodmare Winter Rose is owned in Tapanui by Noreen Stiven. Twelve-year-old Winter Rose has produced four winners, with the best being Bettor's Strike, who won the Victoria Cup and finished second in the New Zealand Cup.
Bettor's Strike won the 2009 Winton Cup at his only appearance in Southland. He was trained in Christchurch by Cran Dalgety, who also prepared Winter Rose for all of her nine starts.
Winter Rose raced at 2 and 3 and gained only win, in a heat of the Sires' Stakes 2-Year-Old Fillies' Series in 2003.
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