Foxwedge led the way with an abundance of Victorian stallions providing winners throughout Australia on the weekend.
It’s been an extremely good month for Woodside Park’s Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock x Forest Native) which produced the first two winners at Bairnsdale on Sunday.
Four-year-old Lottie’s The Boss, out of Second Draw, won the opening race for Cranbourne trainer Mick Kent and scored over the 2200m trip.
And Foxwedge showed his versatility in the next race when the Peter Moody trained Foxicon won on debut over the 1000m sprint distance.
Both horses started as the favourites, the Victorian bred Foxicon also picked up a Super VOBIS nominator’s bonus of $3,600 and an owner’s bonus of $8,400 to go with the first prize of $13,750 for winning the three-year-old maiden.
Foxicon is out of the unraced mare Think Icon (So You Think x Think Money).
The winners have flowed steadily for Foxwedge in December which started off on the first of the month when Sagacious won at the Sunshine Coast.
And then on the third of the month, Yourjokingme Right also won at the Sunshine Coast, while Silver Road finished second at Devonport.
The winners and placegetters kept coming on Saturday when Defiant Dancer won on Pakenham Cup Day, while Foxy Rose finished second at Toowoomba; Miss Isolation won at Albury and Baledon was second and Bella Violet also ran second at Newcastle.
Foxwedge produced his 23 Stakes winner when New Zealander Raposa Rapida (Bardego) won the Legacy Lodge Stakes (1200m) at Te Aroha last month.
The stallion has also had 27 Stakes placed horses.
Woodside Park’s Mark Dodemaide said Foxwedge, along with the stud’s two other stallions Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon x Hotnuff) and Tosen Stardom (Deep Impact x Admire), had again been well supported this season and would continue to cover mares until Christmas.
“Foxwedge had the two winners on Sunday, and then there is Andrew Noblet’s horse Foxy Frida which I think is the sort of horse that can win a Listed race somewhere around the joint,” Dodemaide said.
“The way she ran in the Ballarat Cup (she finished fifth beaten just 1.2 lengths) and the way she hit the line at the end of 2000m, you wouldn’t rule her out of those good mare races,” he said.
“And that Defiant Dancer (now with six wins) won a decent race (1200m) over the weekend.
“The thing I think about Foxwedge was that when he went to yearling sale for his breeders, he was the third top-priced ($925,000) colt at Easter, so he got them a quid.
“He went to the races for the trainer (John O’Shea) and wins a Group 1 and beats Haylist and Buffering and gets beaten a whisker in the Coolmore.”
Dodemaide said the success of Foxwedge has continued at stud with his 50 Stakes results.
He said when Foxwedge first arrived at Woodside from Newgate in January of 2019 the stallion had produced 11 stakes winners, but had produced another 12 since being in Victoria.
Foxwedge served 163 mares in his first season at Newgate and 68 in his last season there, and covered 67 in his first season at Woodside Park, followed by 116 last year.
“He’ll do more than 100 again this year,” Dodemaide said.
“For a stallion his age, 13-years-old, he has had 23 Stakes winners and five Group 1 winners.
“He is good value at $10,000 and is a good VOBIS horse.”
Foxwedge has produced Group 1 winners in Great Britain, New Zealand and South Africa where the mare Run Fox Run was rated as the country’s best sprinter.
Dodemaide said Run Fox Run was nearly the Black Caviar of South Africa after winning five times of over 1000m, once at 1100m and twice at 1200m from her 11 starts. The mare, retired earlier this year, won her first five starts by an aggregate of nearly 12 lengths.
“You wonder what she would have been like if she’d stayed in Australia,” he said.
Dodemaide said Rich Enuff and Tosen Stardom both had good books as well.
He said Rich Enuff, with bookings also around the 100 mark, was producing plenty of winners but was a bit unfortunate that four-year-old Orbiysn got injured after being unbeaten in his four starts in Queensland for David Vandyke.
“And Tosen Stardom is going to be around the 100 mark as well,” he said.
“For him, he has only had the one starter and is now in his fourth season and being around the 100 is largely on the back of the positive feel of trainers telling owners about him.
“I thought it he was going to be tougher this year but to be around those numbers in his fourth season I think is pretty good.”
Tosen Stardom’s oldest progeny are two-year-olds, and the first to race was the Jack Laing trained colt, Belgian Black (Hill Street Blues), which was unplaced on debut over 1000m on a heavy track at Cranbourne’s Cup meeting last month.
Dodemaide said he wouldn’t expect to see the Tosen Stardoms on the track until March or April.
“We have three good stallions and Foxwedge just keeps doing it,” he said.
“They are all competitively priced and even Rich Enuff, the thing with him is that he is still the highest-rated son of Written Tycoon and he is a beautiful looking horse.”
There was plenty of success for Victorian stallions and locally bred horses around the country on the weekend, kicking off with Luna Cat’s victory in the opening race at The Valley on Friday night.
The Victorian bred filly is by Swettenham Stud’s Puissance de Lune and is out of Gauze which has produced two other fillies – Pouvoir De Soie and Gaze Grise – by the same stallion and they’re also winners.
The Hayes racing team paid $30,000 for Luna Cat at the 2020 Adelaide Yearling Sale.
Four-year-old Danerich mare Aminatu continued with her good form, winning the 955m dash at The Valley at big odds of $41.
Trained by Trevor Rogers at Cranbourne, the mare beat only one runner home at her previous run when starting as the $2.15 favourite. The stewards reported that she blundered at the start, became unbalanced and also lost a plate during the 1000m race at Terang.
Danerich is part of the stallion roster at Cornwall Park Stud.
Toorak Toff, which now stands in Tasmania after a stint at Rosemont Stud, repaid his former place of employment by providing the winner of the benchmark 64 (1528m) Stay Gold at The Valley.
The five-year-old mare, out of Gold Lottey, is raced by Rosemont Stud and Fern Vale Farm and trained by Danny O’Brien at Flemington.
The aptly named Winsum did exactly that for father and daughter training team Ken and Kasey Keys at Pakenham’s Cup meeting.
With three wins and a second and a third from eight starts, Ken paid $14,000 at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Yearling Sale for the son of Wandjina that now stands at Larneuk Stud, near Euroa.
Out of Vernier (Zizou x Chatelaine), the four-year-old gelding is raced by the Keys family and has won all three races at 1000m.
And Swettenham Stud’s new stallion, Rubick, had another winner when El Buena took out the last race (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday. Mr Mosaic, also by Rubick, won earlier in the day at 1100m.
No week would be complete without Swettenham’s Toronado producing some winners. He had two – Gorgonado and the promising Airclash – at Mornington last Friday. The stallion also had a winner, Annika, in Adelaide on Saturday, while Lady Tornado won at Pinjarra.