Trainer Chris Waller’s Group 1 winning filly Foxplay will be aimed towards the Group 1 $1m Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on September 30 during the 2017 Sydney Spring Carnival.
Foxplay will turn four next week but as a three year old filly was able to best the older mares when she took out the Group 1 $1m Coolmore Legacy Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 8, day two of ‘The Championships’.
Waller immediately sent the Foxwedge filly to the spelling paddock before preparing her for the 2017 Spring Carnival when she will chase more Group 1 glory in the Epsom Handicap before heading to Melbourne for a possible start in the Group 1 $500,000 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on October 14.
“Foxplay will have a similar program as Winx had heading to the Epsom Handicap,” Waller told AAP.
“Then we might look at a race like the Toorak Handicap.”
Winx won the 2015 Epsom Handicap after winning the Group 2 $200,000 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill at her previous start.
Foxplay is well into her Spring Carnival preparation and ran a solid fifth behind Diamond Tathagata, Comin’ Through and her stablemate super star Winx and in a 900m barrier trial on the Randwick course proper on Monday morning.
The grey filly has always shown plenty of potential and during the 2016 Spring Carnival as an early three year old was able to collect a Randwick Group 2 double by winning the Group 2 $175,000 Fitzy & Wippa’s Fast & Furious Stakes (1200m) and the Group 2 $175,000 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m).
Foxplay’s first attempt at Group 1 level resulted in a handy fourth to the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Global Glamour in the Group 1 $500,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield during the 2016 Melbourne Spring Carnival.
As well as winning the Queen Of The Turf Stakes during the 2017 Sydney Autumn Carnival, Foxplay also took out the Group 2 $200,000 Cellarbrations Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill two start prior.
Foxplay is the winner of five races from thirteen starts and has won just over $1,220,000 in prizemoney.