Foxwedge has been signed to start his stud career at Newgate Farm in 2012. The John O’Shea trained sprinter is a last-start winner of the G1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Foxwedge (3c Fastnet Rock – Forest Native by Forest Wildcat) will remain with O’Shea and will be aimed towards the G1 Kings Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot before retiring as foundation sire at Newgate Farm in Scone.
“He was as good a physical specimen as I have ever seen as a yearling,” Newgate’s Henry Field said. “He’s not only the highest ever rated son of Fastnet Rock, but also a higher rated three year old sprinter than Fastnet Rock himself. That makes him an incredibly exciting stallion prospect.”
A $925,000 buy from the Luskin Park consignment at the 2010 Inglis Easter yearling sale, Foxwedge is from a North America bred mare who was stakes placed at Santa Anita. He won first time out at Rosehill and doubled up at Warwick Farm before finishing third in the G2 Todman Stakes behind Smart Missile and Sepoy.
After pulling up sore in the Golden Slipper, Foxwedge returned to action in the G3 San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill and had the race won a long way from home. He added a G2 in the Roman Consul Stakes at Randwick before travelling to Melbourne where he finished within a head of Sepoy in the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington.
Back in action this year, Foxwedge finished fourth in the G1 Lightning Stakes won by Black Caviar and third in the G1 Newmarket Hcp behind Hay List. He turned the tables on Hay List in the G1 William Reid Stakes after unleashing a devastating turn-of-foot at Moonee Valley.
“There were eight bids for Foxwedge from major studs,” owner Edmund Bateman explained. “The final decision was, in part, based on the fact that he will stand at a farm where a significant number of our mares are based.”
Newgate Farm will announce a service fee for Foxwedge at a later date.