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UK Trip Off & Foxwedge Retired To Stud

Monday, 28th May 2012

Trainer John O'Shea announced plans to send Gr1-winning & dual Gr1-placed 3YO colt Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock-Forest Native, by Forest Wildcat) to the UK to compete at next month's Royal Ascot carnival have been scrapped "after a lacklustre trial at Rosehill on Friday" & he will now be retired to stud at Newgate Farm, reported The Daily Telegraph. Foxwedge "was found to have a virus after flopping in the Gr1 T.J.Smith Stakes at Randwick last month & O'Shea told The Sydney Morning Herald: "When $10 million has been paid for the horse, you cannot be guessing. I'm not prepared to take a chance. He raced at the top end of town throughout his whole career, he has done a great job." Foxwedge (a $925,000 yearling consigned by Luskin Park Stud at the 2010 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney) retires with 5 wins (including March's Gr1 William Reid Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley, plus 2011's Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes over 1200m at Randwick & Gr3 San Domenico Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill) & 4 placings (including March's Gr1 Newmarket Handicap over 1200m at Flemington, plus 2011's Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes over 1200m at Flemington, Gr2 Todman Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill & Gr3 Run To The Rose over 1200m at Rosehill) from 12 starts for $942,450 earnings.

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