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Mr F F (Frank) Scott who enjoyed a long and successful career as a trainer in Blenheim died in his home town last week at the age of 84. Frank Scott trained up until seven or eight years ago and enjoyed good health after his retirement until a short time before his death.
The best horse trained by Mr Scott was Buchanan, a gelding by Captain Adios out of Bonny Heather. Mr Scott Prepared Buchanan for Mr W J Murray and took him to within one win of NZ Cup company on the mid 1960s. Buchanan's best win was in the flying mile at the Canterbury Park meeting on February 11 when he beat Friendly Tom, Adorato and Happy Song in the mobile start event. His time for the mile was 2:00.6, a very good time considering 2:00 miles were a rarity in those days.
Another top horse to receive his early education from Mr Scott's stable was French Pass who did his early racing for Mr C Pateman from Mr Scott's stable. French Pass was then purchased by Mr Roy McKenzie of Wellington and under the guidance of Charlie Hunter went on to win the Dominion Handicap at Addington.
Mr Scott also trained the good performers Land Ahoy and Te Hana and in 1963, he prepared Milngarvie and Great Mystery to finish first and second in the Marlborough Cup at Waterlea.
Mr Scott also produced Royal Victory at his local meeting at Waterlea and when he finished in a place he returned a dividend of £112, and this is a record that still stands.
Credit: Tony Williams writing in NZ Trotguide 24Nov76