Stakes Goals for Record Priced Foxwedge Filly

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Expensive Foxwedge filly Petition scored a dominant win at Flemington on ANZAC Day and will look to add more Black Type to her record in coming weeks.

A $560,000 Inglis Easter purchase for BBA Ireland from the Segenhoe Stud draft, Petition was the most expensive yearling from the first crop of Foxwedge.

Trained by Lee and Anthony Freedman, Petition has always shown promise and was stakes-placed in the spring, but appears to have turned a corner during her summer break.

Petition bolted in when resuming from a spell at Geelong on April 4 and looked super impressive when powering clear at Flemington in an open fillies event over 1400 metres to win by a length and three-quarters.

"She's always shown us a lot of ability, she had that won a long way out I thought, even though the ground probably didn't suit her," Lee Freedman said.

"She didn't have much luck her first preparation but she's come back very well.

"She has a little setback about six weeks ago which meant we missed the autumn here but she's come on really good."

Freedman said he will now look at better races for Petition, whose overall record is two wins and three placings from six starts with prizemoney just shy of $100,000.

"It's certainly something to discuss and we'll have a look at the options," Freedman said.

"There's the Port Adelaide Guineas in Adelaide and even a race like the Dark Jewel at Scone might be an option.

"I think she's a stakes class filly and she can get a trip. Her mother (The Party Stand) won up to 2000 metres and was good as a four-year-old.”

Bred by SF Bloodstock, Petition was sold by Newgate Farm as a weanling at Magic Millions for $350,000 to Segenhoe Stud, who then re-offered the filly at Inglis Easter to achieve a handsome profit when she fetched $560,000.

Petition is the first winner for Group I winning Thorn Park mare The Party Stand, who comes from the family of Australian Group I winners Mr Murphy and Kenvain.

Foxwedge has enjoyed a winning run through the month of April and is engaged in a tight tussle with So You Think for supremacy in the Australian Second Season Sires division.

The Group I winning son of Fastnet Rock stands at Newgate this spring at a fee of $22,000.


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