Royal Ascot off the radar for Foxwedge

Foxwedge has been retired and will not travel to England for the G1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.

Foxwedge (3c Fastnet Rock – Forest Native by Forest Wildcat) won the G1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley earlier this year and will stand at Newgate Farm as its foundation stallion this spring.

Owner Edmund Bateman consulted with trainer John O’Shea and Newgate Stud’s Henry Field before making the decision to keep the colt at home instead of risking him overseas.

Foxwedge cost Bateman $925,000 at the 2010 Inglis Easter yearling sale and he won at Rosehill and Warwick Farm before finishing third in the G2 Todman Stakes behind Smart Missile and Sepoy.

The Fastnet Rock colt returned to action as a spring three year-old winning the G3 San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill and 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 harness 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.

Newgate Farm will announce a service fee for Foxwedge next month.