Fast Fox Wedges Another NZ 2YO

Some names just seem to fit the bill.

Take Volpe Veloce for instance. The loose translation from Italian is ‘fast fox’ and the winner of Saturday’s Wanganui Castletown Stakes for 2YOs is one very fast Fox(wedge) indeed.

Stepping out for just the second time after winning at Matamata in March, Volpe Veloce became the first stakes winner for Fastnet Rock stallion, Foxwedge, and the third Australian-based first season sire to produce a black type winner in New Zealand this season.

In fact, Volpe Veloce became the sixth Australian-bred winner of the Castletown in the last nine runnings, while Foxwedge now joins Fastnet Rock, Written Tycoon, So You Think and Smart Missile as producers of New Zealand juvenile stakes winners in 2016.

Newgate Farm, which stands Foxwedge at its Hunter Valley nursery, was understandably pleased that Foxwedge had broken the black type duck, but believes the “best is yet to come”.

“We reckon they (Foxwedges) will make even better 3YOs,” Newgate’s Director of Stallions and Sales, Bruce Slade, claims. “He’s most certainly off to a great start . He’s had ten individual winners in Australia, New Zealand and England and a stakes placed filly in Ireland, while Star Empire – who won a $US100,000 maiden at Belmont in North America – is heading to Royal Ascot for the Coventry Stakes.

“The next month or so should be really exciting for Foxwedge – he’s had a lot of trial winners of late and they really are giving us every indication they’ll mature into terrific 3YOs.”

Bred by Nick Vass and sold by Newgate at the 2014 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale for $120,000, Volpe Veloce is out of the multiple stakes winning Barathea mare, Bardego, who has now produced two stakes winners including Black Opal winning 2YO, Delago Bolt.

New Zealand’s 2YO racing season has also been impacted by Coolmore Australia’s boom stallion, So You Think, with his filly Gold Rush snaring the Group Two Matamata Breeders’ Stakes in February.

“It’s just the early stages of his stud career, but he (So You Think) couldn’t have made a more promising start,” Coolmore Australia’s Sales & Nominations Manager, Colm Santry, points out. “He made his own racecourse debut on 20 May 2009 and by the equivalent stage of this season, he has had seven offspring who have either won or placed from just 10 runners. That includes a Group Two winner and a couple of other promising blacktype horses.

“It’s hard not to be excited about the spring with him, particularly when listening to the positive feedback from all the trainers. We’re all very hopeful that he’s on the verge of developing into a top sire.”

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