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 finish.
Despite a torrid run sitting parked throughout it was the Mark Purdon and Hayden Cullen trained race favourite Franco Indie who proved too good for his rivals with a gritty half head victory over his late closing stablemate Franco Mac.
The win was Franco Indie’s fifth from six starts and took his earnings to $127,187, whilst Franco Mac’s record stands at one win and three placings for earnings of $53,204.
Both 2-year-olds were from Spreydon Lodge’s 2020 New Zealand Bloodstock Christchurch National Yearling Sale draft, with Franco Indie sold for $35,000 and Franco Mac making $60,000.
Franco Indie (by Always B Miki) is out of the Christian Cullen mare Idancedallnight, whom has subsequently left two full sisters to the Sires Stakes winner; and Franco Mac (by Bettor’s Delight) is a son of the Tasmanian Oaks placed mare MacFire.
Spreydon Lodge has enjoyed considerable success in the Sires Stakes Final over the years, with the stable itself also producing the winners Franco Nelson (2012), Franco Heir (2000) and Franco Enforce (1996).