Foxplay raises the stakes after powerful win in Furious Stakes

Foxplay’s win at Randwick on Saturday may have opened the door for stablemate Omei Sword to run in the $1 million Golden Rose.

Trainer Chris Waller is yet to decide whether three-year-old filly Omei Sword will take on the boys in the Golden Rose (1200m) at Rosehill this Saturday or stick to her own sex in the Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) a week later.

But Foxplay’s dominant win in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) means Waller may keep the two fillies apart.

Asked whether Saturday’s performance would deter him from running Omei Sword against Foxplay in the Tea Rose Stakes, Waller replied: “Well it always helps when you have good chances and have a bit of depth to your stable.

“It would have a small impact and one of the questions I would be (asking) is will Omei Sword beat Foxplay? All of those things you take into consideration.”

Either way, Waller seems to have a strong hand heading towards the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) for three-year-old fillies next month after Foxplay produced a dazzling finish to run down a gallant Bacarella by 1 ¾ lengths.

“I thought gee she is going to run a good placing here and to reel in the winner was a very big effort,” Waller said. “She has done everything right this filly and she got beaten with (58kg at her last start in July).

“We picked this race out and she only had time for a 10-day break and we stuck to our guns and she has delivered. Maybe the three-year-old fillies are better than the colts and who knows.

“When we will find out I’m not sure either.”

The victory ended a luckless start to the day for Waller and Hugh Bowman.

First Winx was scratched from the Chelmsford Stakes and then So Willie pulled up lame in race 1 before High Mist was the proverbial good thing beaten in race 3. Waller and Bowman also had to settle for minor placings with Dubaiinstyle (race 2) and Tsaritsa (race 5).

“I’ve been around long enough to know you just have to keep lining up the ducks,” Bowman said.

The champion jockey was impressed by the way Foxplay chased down Bacarella over the concluding stages.

“I expected a good performance but I didn’t expect her to be that dominant at this level,” Bowman said. “It spells good things for the spring time.” – The Daily Telegraph

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