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    ALTHOUGH he was triumphant at Globe Derby yesterday, “the penny still hasn’t dropped” with Franking Credit. That’s the call from trainer Martin Schrader, who... Late starter didn’t take long to break maiden

    ALTHOUGH he was triumphant at Globe Derby yesterday, “the penny still hasn’t dropped” with Franking Credit.

    That’s the call from trainer Martin Schrader, who believes the late starter is certain to improve with experience.

    Making his debut last month, the six-year-old was only having his third outing when he accounted for Rivergum Countess and One More Star.

    Driven by Ryan Hryhorec, Franking Credit rated a modest 2:03 over 1800 metres.

    The son of Western Terror “put the writing on the wall” when runner-up last week.

    “I haven’t had him long, so I can’t really say why it has taken him so long to race,” Schrader said. “All I can say is once I started fast working him, I knew he had a bit of ability.

    “He’s still stop-start and very green as the penny still hasn’t dropped with him, but when it does, I reckon he will develop into a pretty handy type.”

    With no major plans in mind for the gelding, Schrader will continue to ease Franking Credit through the grades, which means a return to the same venue next week.

    “I haven’t really got anything set out for him,” Schrader said. “Just find the right races and see how he goes.

    “I’ll most likely take him back to Globe Derby next Monday, and if he keeps going alright, I will look for a Saturday night race.”

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