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 recent 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.

Recently named the 2018 Canterbury Breeders Association Pacing Breeder of the Year, Spreydon Lodge bred 32 individual winners in New Zealand alone in the 2017-18 season, with many more throughout Australia and North America.

Latest News

7 March 2023

Spreydon Lodge bred 3YO takes out Alabar Classic

The Mark and Nathan Purdon trained Sherlock proved too good for his rivals in the Group 2 Alabar 3YO Classic at Alexandra Park on Friday evening.

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10 November 2021 - Spreydon Lodge breed first two home in Group 1 Sires Stakes Final

It was a Spreydon Lodge bred quinella in the Group 1 Sires Stakes Final at Addington Raceway on Cup Day, with Franco Indie edging out Franco Mac in a thrilling…

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25 February 2021 - Record price for Spreydon Lodge yearling

Spreydon Lodge enjoyed it’s highest price ever for a yearling from its draft at this week’s New Zealand Bloodstock Christchurch Standardbred Sale, with a colt by the first season sire Vincent fetching an incredible $215,000 on day one of the pacing session.

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