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Foxwedge to Newgate Farm after Ascot trip

TOP-CLASS Australian sprinter Foxwedge, who is being aimed at the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, has been secured as a foundation stallion by up-and-coming Australian operation Newgate Farm.

The three-year-old broke through at Group 1 level last month when defeating multiple Group 1 winner Hay List to take the MVRC William Reid Stakes and become the ninth Group 1 winner for his sire Fastnet Rock.

"Foxwedge was as good a physical specimen as I have ever seen as a yearling, as evidenced by his A$925,000 sales price at the Inglis Easter yearling sale," said Henry Field of Newgate Farm.

"His good looks, along with the fact that he is not only the highest ever rated son of Fastnet Rock, but also a higher rated three-year-old sprinter than Fastnet Rock himself, makes Foxwedge an incredibly exciting stallion prospect."

Trained by John O'Shea, Foxwedge has won fiveraces and A$942,450 for his owners Dr Edmund and Mrs Belinda Bateman. As well as winning the MVRC William Reid Stakes, Foxwedge's achievements include running a head second to Sepoy in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes and fourth to Black Caviar in the Group 1 Coolmore Lightning Stakes.

Field added: "Interestingly, Foxwedge is thus far the only member of the elite group of three-year-old colts that fought out the major three year old races last spring to have progressed onto winning at Group 1 weight-for-age company in the autumn."

Purchased as a yearling by James Harron, Foxwedge is a brother to recent impressive juvenile debut winner She's A Fox and out of the Listed-placed Forest Native, by Forest Wildcat.

Foxwedge will be aimed towards the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot before retiring to Newgate Farm to serve his first mares in the spring.

A service fee will be announced at a later date.




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