With the announcement last week that Fastnet Rock’s G1-winning and G1-producing sire son Foxwedge would be joining the Woodside Park Stud stallion roster, the winners have continued to flow for the Champion Second Season Sire of his year.
With G1 winners in three different countries, it was his New Zealand-raced elite level winner Volpe Veloce who was his star performer over the last week.
Starting the red-hot favourite in the G2 Westbury Classic (1400m) at Ellerslie on Saturday off the back of her close-up fourth in the G1 Railway Stakes the run prior, the Graham Richardson and Gavin Parker-trained 5yo mare charged late to snatch victory from Sleeping Beauty who looked to have the race in her keeping after kicking clear in the home straight.
Winning her 11th race from 21 starts, Saturday’s victory was her fifth at black type level, with her career highlight coming via a length and a half victory in the 2018 G1 Railway Stakes (1200m).
Richardson and Parker were quick to praise the courage of their charge when discussing the win post-race.
“She’s tough and she always fights hard,” Richardson said.
“It’s scary to watch as she got back a little further than we wanted with the horse in front of her dragging her back.”
“Since the Railway she has just gone to another level,” Parker said.
“We’re always proud of her, she’s the best horse I’ve ever trained.”
The talented mare is now likely to step up to 1400m and head to the G1 BCD Sprint on February 9 for her next start.
With his fee to be announced in the coming months, the addition of Foxwedge to the Victorian stallion ranks will surely see breeders flock to the G1 William Reid Stakes winner with inspections now available – please contact the farm to organise a viewing.
Other news coming out of New Zealand during the week saw Te Akau Racing’s Mr David Ellis go to $450,000 to secure Lot 100 at the New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale Book 1. Consigned from the draft of Hallmark Stud, the colt by Written Tycoon is out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Into The Groove, from the family of four-time G1 winner Divine Madonna.
Mark Barker’s Hallmark Stud also consigned Lot 194, the Woodside Park Stud-bred Rich Enuff x Manzanilla colt from the family of G1 winners Unearthly and Invest that was knocked down to Riversley Park, Mr J Miller and Mr J Casse for $130,000, just under 10 times his service fee.