Foxplay Wins Phar Lap
Tara Madgwick - Saturday, 11 March 2017
Quality Foxwedge filly Foxplay showed her class at Rosehill on Saturday to score a stylish victory in the Group II ATC Phar Lap Stakes to the great delight of her big team of Star Thoroughbreds owners.

A two time Group II winner in the spring, the Chris Waller trained Foxplay was cherry ripe at her third run back from a spell and surged late for Kerrin McEvoy to beat Zenalicious by a neck in the 1500 metre feature as favourite.

FoxplayThe Waller stable now have a decision to make with Foxplay (images Steve Hart)  as they consider whether to step up to 2000 metres against fillies in the Group I Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill in a fortnight or stay around the mile trip and possibly take on older mares in the Group I Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) during The Championships.

"I'm not entirely sure which way we will go with her. I asked Chris this morning and he just wanted to get over her last run and put a line through it," said stable representative Charlie Duckworth.

"Showing that brilliant turn of foot, I don't think you need to look at 2000 metres just yet but we'll see."

A $160,000 Magic Millions purchase for Star Thoroughbreds from the Newgate Farm draft, Foxplay runs for a big syndicate of enthusiastic owners and has now won just shy of $500,000 in prizemoney with four wins and three seconds from 11 starts.

Bred by SF Bloodstock, Foxplay is the third winner from three foals to race from imported stakes-winner Butters (USA), a daughter of leading sire El Prado from the family of Group I Breeders Cup Juvenile winner Eliza.

Butters is now with Heinrich Bloodstock and produced a colt by Animal Kingdom (USA) last year and is now in foal to Redoute's Choice.

Foxplay is one of three stakes-winners for Foxwedge, who has three entries for the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale and just one for Inglis Easter.

Race 6 - Cellarbrations Phar Lap Stakes
Group 2 - 1500m

Class: Open. Track: Soft(6). Time: 1:30.57. Sectional Time: 0:36.11 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $200,000 - 1st: $115,000 2nd: $38,000 3rd: $18,500.
 1   Foxplay T: C J Waller J: K McEvoy

3f   Foxwedge x Butters (USA) (El Prado (IRE) )
Lot 269 2015 MM National Weanling Sale Select Session
Vendor - Eliza Park International Kerrie Vic
Buyer - Brown & Son  $25,000
 2 0.3 Zenalicious T: L J Bridge J: Tim Clark

3f   Choisir x Zenith (Fantastic Light (USA) )
Not Offered
 3 1.6 Comic Set T: M C Kent J: S Clipperton

3g   Reset x Riddles (Distorted Humor (USA) )
Not Offered
 4 4.7 Pumpkin Pie T: D A Williams J: J Ford
3f   Star Witness x Thanksgiving (NZ) (Generous (IRE) )
 5 6.2 Redouble T: M, W and J Hawkes J: R Thompson
3c   Redoute's Choice x Special Mission (NZ) (Towkay )
 6 6.4 Achi Baba T: J A O'Shea J: T Angland
3g   Helmet x Dawn Attack (IRE) (Fantastic Light (USA) )
 7 7.8 Rock And Swing T: James Cummings J: G Schofield
3c   Fastnet Rock x Dance On By (IRE) (Sadler's Wells (USA) )
 8 12.4 Into Orbit T: M, W and J Hawkes J: C Reith
3c   Northern Meteor x Rockin Babe (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) )
 9 13.1 On The Spot T: C E Conners J: B Shinn
3c   Beneteau x Tyche (Saltgrass (USA) )
 10 17.0 French Fern T: David Payne J: Ms K O'Hara
3f   Lope De Vega (IRE) x La Famelia (Strategic )
 FF 0.0 Bezel T: J A O'Shea J: W Buick
3c   Street Cry (IRE) x Beaded (Lonhro )
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