About Us

Welcome to Spreydon Lodge

Spreydon Lodge Limited was established in the mid 1980's by the late Wayne Francis as the home of the "Franco Harness Racing Stables" and" Franco Breeding". It is New Zealand's largest standardbred breeding and training establishment.

It initially consisted of 180 acres in Halswell on the rural boundary of Christchurch before Wayne added two further properties to run his racing and breeding operation from. Over the years Wayne built up a large band of some of the best-credentialled standardbred broodmares in Australasia.

The 2010/11 NZ Breeder Of The Year, Spreydon Lodge has bred numerous champions over the years, including the Miracle Mile winner Franco Tiger and the three-time Grand Circuit winner Franco Ice, multiple Age Group Award winners, Harness Jewels winners and even one of North America's best current aged pacing mares in Nike Franco.

Also a major player at the annual Standardbred Yearling Sales, Spreydon Lodge produced the 2017 NZ Premier Sale sales topper Franco Stallone, whom sold for an impressive $190,000. 

Today, Wayne's Estate continues to operate Spreydon Lodge, now based near West Melton, as a legacy to his memory and his vast involvement in the New Zealand Harness Racing Industry.

Latest News

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27 March 2018

Franco Santino smashes Southland record

The Nathan Williamson trained Franco Santino smashed the Southland mile record for 3-year-old colts and geldings at the Central Southland Raceway in Winton on Sunday afternoon, with a sublime 1:52 victory.

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20 March 2018 - Stunning Menangle win for Franco Nelson

The former Spreydon Lodge pacer Franco Nelson produced arguably what was one of, if not the best, at least the toughest performances ever seen at Tabcorp Park Menangle when winning in a blazing 1:50.3 mile rate after a torrid three-wide trip on Friday evening.

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26 February 2018 - Franco Nelson wins Group 1 Bohemia Crystal FFA

The Spreydon Lodge bred Franco Nelson was a superb winner of the $100,000 Group 1 Bohemia Crystal Free-For-All on Miracle Mile night at Tabcorp Park Menangle.

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