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Mark Nunan

Mark Nunan

Franklyn doubles up for Howard

Thu 12th Sep 2019, 15:31

Franklyn (Simon Torrens) wins for the second day running at Listowel
© Photo Healy Racing

The rapidly-improving Franklyn (7/4 fav) won for the second time in two days at the Harvest Festival when he landed the Byrne Family Handicap for Aidan Howard and Simon Torrens.

A winner by four and a quarter lengths over a furlong further under Chris Hayes on Wednesday, he was in front after a furlong and saw out the one mile trip strongly to defeat the running-on Bigger And Better (14/1) and Passing Trade (11/1) by two and a quarter lengths and a length and a quarter.

The victorious Archipenko gelding has now won four of his five starts since entering handicap company.

"I had to come here when the handicapper gave him 9lbs. Simon claimed 7lbs though, he is full of confidence after riding a double at Wexford the other day and has a lovely pair of hands.

"I was hopeful coming here today and Jennie Lynch and the lads in the yard have done a fantastic job with this horse.

"I brought him home last night and had him out for a pick of grass this morning and got electrolytes into him and it made all the difference.

"He is entered at the Curragh on Sunday but won't run and he'll have a couple of weeks off now. He is for sale and could go to the Sales soon and is a jumper in the making."

Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes

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