With three winners in three days last week for Woodside Park Stud’s stallion Foxwedge, he is gathering a nice group of gallopers ready for an assault on spring racing.
Foxwedge recorded his 15th stakes-winner, courtesy of Foxy Housewife’s determined win in the hugely competitive $140,000 Listed Mona Lisa Stakes at Wyong over 1350 metres.
Foxy Housewife was transferred to the Pride yard two starts back from Queensland trainer David Vandyke, and since adding blinkers to the talented mare, she’s recorded back to back victories.
“She is a big strong mare. You don’t see too many nicer types in the yard,” said Pride.
“Full credit to David Vandyke. He sent her to me in perfect order, and it’s just great for her to get that black-type today.”
The stakes victory was Foxy Housewife’s seventh from 35 starts and took her earnings beyond $345,000 for BK Racing and Breeding.
While another daughter of Fastnet Rock’s G1 winning sire son, Villami made sure that the new queen of the Turf, Libertini had to fight every inch of the way, when only narrowly beaten in the Furious Stakes.
Highly spruiked, Libertini was well-matched with the Gerald Ryan-trained filly, fighting neck and neck down the straight.
Ryan was rapt with Villami’s efforts, who almost pulled off a major upset, and is expecting an exciting spring campaign ahead.
“We had a crack, and we made a race of it,” Ryan said. Gee, she (Libertini) had to earn it!”
While another of Foxwedge’s spring fancies is Matt Laurie’s Foxy Lady, who after a strong win at Seymour over 1300 metres, will be headed to a stakes race at Caulfield.
Holding a consistent record, including stringing together two wins in a row, Foxy Lady has recorded two wins and a place from only five starts.
“She is a horse that we always had time for. Even in the beginning she showed enough to head to the city in her first start. Now she has a good record racing in the bush, we are ready to take the step up and see exactly where we are at.”
Foxy Lady was purchased on behalf of long-term clients of Matt Laurie Racing, Barry and Lynn Jamison by Shamus Mills Bloodstock at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale for $130,000 out of the Newgate Farm draft.
“Barry and Lynn have been involved with many horses over the years including the G2 Edward Manifold Stakes winner Se Sauver. This filly was the first horse that they have lashed out on and bought on their own. They are very supportive of the stable and are peninsula locals, so it’s a great result to see them with a promising filly going forward.”
Foxy Lady will now be targeted for the Jim Maloney Stakes in two weeks time at Caulfield over 1400 metres, which undoubtedly will be a strong race.
“It fits in nicely with her training, and then we can decide after that what we do. Who knows, she might be another Edward Manifold horse for the owners, and there is a nice mile race at the Valley during the spring which may be an option,” Laurie said.
“She is the first Foxwedge I have had in the stable, a beautiful style of horse.”
“I have been suitably impressed, so I went back and bought a Foxwedge colt from Inglis Classic. I was happy to invest back into the stallion, off what we have seen so far from Foxy Lady.”