Foxwedge Flying Into 2011 Golden Rose

August 15th, 2011

Foxwedge is on track to become a major player in the 2011 Golden Rose after a dominant display over the weekend in the San Domenico Stakes.

The John O’Shea trained colt had his first up race on the Rosehill card and was too good for a field that was full quality horses.

While the 2011 Golden Rose is the short term goal in his career, O’Shea is just as keen to see how he goes in the Coolmore Stakes later in the year at Flemington.

He says he thinks Foxwedge may be even better suited up a straight track as he strengthens his status as a future stallion.

”I really want to get him down the straight – that’s where his future lies,” O’Shea said.

”I’m happy to get that out of the way and get a win.

”He has only had the one serious hit-out going into it, so he is going to improve. We will have two weeks [to his next start] and then two weeks again into the Rose before a short break to get ready for Flemington.”

In the week leading up to the race O’Shea was concerned that Foxwedge might not be wound up enough to win the San Domenico, but on the day there wasn’t any obvious lack of fitness.

was being a bit soft on him after the barrier trial and we weighed him on the Saturday and he had put on seven kilos,” he said.

”I thought, ‘You bugger.’ So on Tuesday I got James McDonald to give him a gallop, which was good for both of them.”

Foxwedge probably couldn’t have picked up a better position in the early stages of the race with Karuta Queen and Defiant Dame setting a quick pace out in front and giving Foxwedge a lovely trail in behind them.

As they rounded the bend the run just opened up for the colt and he strolled to the lead inside the final two furlongs.

He looked like he was going to win easily but he had a bit of a look around late and Anise put on a bit of pressure late in the piece.

”He was always going to [knock up],” Rawiller said.

”I was a bit worried at the 100 but he dug really well and I never got to the bottom of him.”

It was a big day for the owner of Foxwedge Ed Bateman, he also picked up a stakes win with Satin Shoes earlier in the day at Caulfield.

”It’s good for the doc [Bateman],” O’Shea said.

”There was a little pressure after the other one won in Melbourne but let’s hope it [the success] keeps going long into the spring.”

While there’s no doubt Foxwedge will firm as a 2011 Golden Rose contender, so too will Anise after her blistering final furlong.

Her rider Josh Parr says she’s certainly one to look out for throughout the remainder of her spring campaign.

”She went super and has come back in great order,” Parr said.

”She is a lot stronger than last time and she took a lot of ground off a very classy colt. That’s the way she needs to be ridden but I just needed a bit more luck.

”At about the 200 a couple of horses just came out in front of me and she got off balance for a couple of strides. I don’t think I would have beaten Foxwedge but we would have got a lot closer. She is set for a very good preparation.”

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