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Whitsbury sets £7,500 stud fee for Foxwedge

WHITSBURY Manor Stud in Hampshire has set a fee of £7,500 for new recruit Foxwedge, the first son of Australian sire sensation Fastnet Rock to stand in Europe.

Foxwedge will shuttle to Whitsbury next year after completing his first season at Newgate Farm in Australia, where he stands for A$33,000 (£21,173/€26,448).

"Our new recruit from Australia, Foxwedge, is the highest-rated son of Fastnet Rock," said Ed Harper, director of Whitsbury Manor Stud.

"I believe he offers immensely good value considering his exceptional race record, champion's pedigree and the fact that he will be limited to 120 mares."

Foxwedge enjoyed his finest moment when defeating Hay List to take the Group 1 Power Trucker William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley in March. He was also beaten only a head by Sepoy in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.

July Cup winner Sakhee's Secret, this year's leading European first-crop sire with 19 winners to his credit, is unchanged at £5,500.
Also unchanged for 2013 is the Gimcrack Stakes winner Showcasing, who will stand for £4,500. The son of Oasis Dream is represented by 22 first-crop foals at the upcoming Tattersalls and Goffs foal sales.

Stud stalwart Compton Place will stand for £6,500, a slight increase on the £6,000 he commanded this year.

Explaining the decision, Harper said: "Compton Place has had another great year both on the track and in the sales ring. We have decided to increase him very slightly to £6,500 as we had to turn a few breeders away last year due to us limiting him to 85 mares which maintains his good fertility."

All fees are on October 1 terms.




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