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

29 December 2017

Nemera Franco breaks track record

The lightly raced Spreydon Lodge trained filly Nemera Franco franked her eye catching debut win with a superb track record performance at Gore Raceway on December 27.

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11 December 2017 - Nemera Franco brings up 200 wins for McRae and winning start for syndicate

Nemera Franco's impressive win at Motukarara Raceway yesterday afternoon was a significant one for Spreydon Lodge, with her victory not only bringing up trainer Steve McRae's 200th training success, but also representing an auspicious start for the training establishment's first ever racing lease syndicate.

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6 November 2017 - Eden Franco remains unbeaten in WA

The part Spreydon Lodge owned mare Eden Franco remains undefeated on Australian soil after an effortless win at Gloucester Park on Friday evening.

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