Franco Ledger signs off for the season in style

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 20:03 22/02/2014
Hamish Hunter
TAYLER STRONG
HORSEMAN: Hamish Hunter, who trains and drives Franco Ledger.

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Franco Ledger gave the New Zealand record for 3200m (stand) a shake in the Wyndham Cup today.

He got up in a tight finish to win by a head from Arden Rooney, with a head to Pemberton Shard third. Franco Ledger, off a 40m handicap, ran 3:57, compared to Changeover's national mark of 3:56.4.

Six-year-old Franco Ledger broke the Wyndham all comers' track record by 1.6sec, previously held by Lord Forbes (2010).

Today's win by Franco Ledger marked the end of his campaign. He will now be turned out for three months.

Christchurch horseman Mark Purdon trained his sixth Kindergarten Stakes winner when Itz Bettor To Win equalled the Wyndham open and 2-year-old colts and geldings' mark of 1:54.3 in the race today.

The colt's driver, Blair Orange, has driven three Kindergarten winners.

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- The Southland Times

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