Young Cub Out Foxes the Older Girls in Group 1 Hunt

Three-year-old filly Foxplay triumphed over the older mares to claim her maiden Group 1 victory in the $1,000,000 Coolmore Legacy (1600m) at Royal Randwick.

Trained by Chris Waller for a large group of lady owners managed by Star Thoroughbreds, Foxplay was selected by Mulcaster Bloodstock for Star Thoroughbreds as a yearling and becomes the 15th individual Group 1 winner for Mulcaster Bloodstock and 36th Group 1 win.

Overcoming a tough run as she sat wide without cover, the daughter of emerging sire Foxwedge showed fighting qualities and powered away from her rivals to win by half-a-length in the hands of jockey Kerrin McEvoy.

Coming back from the 2000m of the Group 1 Vinery Stakes last start, Foxplay relished the 1600m on the same day as the 2400m Group 1 Oaks was run in her own age group.

“I didn’t have to give it a great deal of thought, I decided not to run her in the Oaks because I still think she’s got some brilliance and speed – fortunately we got away with it,” commented trainer Chris Waller.

“I wouldn’t call her the Winx junior but there are a lot of similarities. She started off with a winning bang and had sort of been a bit forgotten.

“She’s been a very special horse to us.”

The victory gave Newgate-based stallion Foxwedge his first Group 1 winner as a sire from his first crop to race.

Bred by SF Bloodstock, Foxplay was selected by Muclaster Bloodstock and purchased by Star Thoroghbreds for $160,000 from the draft of Newgate Farm at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Her maiden Group 1 victory was Foxplay’s fifth win overall from 13 starts and took her earnings to $1,220,810.

Foxplay’s victory completed a Group 1 double for Mulcaster Bloodstock and Chris Waller following the victory of wonder mare in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes earlier in the day. The Coolmore Legacy was formerly known as the Queen of the Turf Stakes and Australia’s queen of the turf Winx extended her unbeaten sequence to 17 wins including 12 at Group 1 level.