ASTUTE trainer Michael Xuereb admits to feeling a bit of pressure as his latest stable acquisition makes his local debut at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.
Xuereb will gear up former New Zealand pacer Franco Saxon, which has drawn wide in barrier seven over a mile.
But the draw isn’t the issue providing a degree of anxiety, it’s the fact the son of Live Or Die won his last six starts before crossing the Tasman.
“He’s put me under pressure to continue his winning form,” Xuereb said. “He was racing in great form in New Zealand.
“The problem was he got up in class pretty quickly in New Zealand so he was sent here as he’d be better suited to Menangle.
“He has been here for about six weeks and has settled in and been working well.
“The draw hasn’t been the kindest and he will need the run, but he will go close enough.”
Although he has no plans in mind for the six-year-old Xuereb is quietly confident Franco Saxon can make his way into some features races late in the season.
That could see Franco Saxon head to Queensland for the Winter Carnival.
“I’ve got no plans at this stage…just see how he goes,” Xuereb said. “After a couple of runs under belt he will be a lot better and I will know more about him in another month.
“If he can progress as we’d like him to then some of the better races may not be out of the question.”