Foxwedge Firms in Golden Rose 2011 Odds

August 16th, 2011

John O’Shea’s progressive colt Foxwedge is a solid market firmer in the early odds for the 2011 Golden Rose after the son of Fastnet Rock won their first-up spring start last Saturday.

Last seen running unplaced behind Peter Snowden’s superstar juvenile Sepoy in the Golden Slipper on April 2, Foxwedge made his three-year-old debut in the finest of styles at Rosehill last weekend.

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Starting odds-on favourite at Luxbet, Foxwedge saluted for the punters winning the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) by an easy half-length over Sepoy’s impressive female stablemate Anise.

Magic Millions winning filly Karuta Queen ran a brave third, followed by the fourth-placed Hollyweird.

Foxwedge now looks right on track for the opening Group 1 race of the Sydney Spring Carnival, with the $1 million Golden Rose (1400m) due to run on September 10.

“I’m happy to get that out of the way and get a win,” O’Shea said after the San Domenico Stakes win.

“He has only had the one serious hit-out going into it, so he is going to improve.”

After winning the San Domenico, Foxwedge firmed in from $10 to $9 to become the 2011 Golden Rose Stakes winner at Luxbet.

Betting on the three-year-old classic are now lead by firm $4 favourite Smart Missile after the official withdrawal of Sepoy from the markets, trainer Peter Snowden confirming the dual Group 1 winner for a Melbourne-only campaign this season.

Sepoy also enjoyed a blistering start of season victory on the weekend, easily accounting for his rivals in the Vain Stakes at Caulfield.

Foxwedge may have been defeated by Sepoy twice before, but O’Shea is planning for the two to possibly meet again down in Victoria later at the Carnival in the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Derby Day, October 29.

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

“We will have two weeks (to his next start in The Run to the Rose) and then two weeks again into the (Golden) Rose before a short break to get ready for Flemington.”

Meanwhile, San Domenico Stakes runner-up Anise has also risen up the Golden Rose betting ranks now paying $14 at Luxbet following the General Nediym filly’s brave first-up performance.

She was ridden by Josh Parr for her resuming run, Parr admittedly pleased with the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes winner’s performance.

“She went super and has come back in great order,” the hoop said.

“She is a lot stronger than last time and she took a lot of ground off a very classy colt (Foxwedge).

“That’s the way she needs to be ridden but I just needed a bit more luck.”

Anise is now equal Golden Slipper odds with Elite Falls, another smart three-year-old from the Sydney stables of John O’Shea.

Third to Sepoy in the Golden Slipper, More Than Ready filly continued on to run seventh behind the fellow Snowden-trained Helmet in the Group 1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 9.

It was an eye-catching effort considering Elite Falls had been up since early February and she was beaten by Helmet – now the $5.50 second favourite in Golden Rose markets – by less than two lengths.

Elite Falls will begin her Golden Rose 2011 campaign this Saturday, resuming in the $125,000 Group 3 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm.

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