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Fenway On Trial For Cox Plate

Tuesday, 29th September 2015

Gr1 winner Fenway will test her Cox Plate credentials in Friday night's Gr2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley, reports Racing.com. The 4YO High Chaparral mare was given a hit-out at the Valley track yesterday morning when scoring a comfortable win over stable-mate Always Lucky over 1000m. Co-trainer Shannon Hope said last season's Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes winner (200m) needed to win Friday's $200,000 mares feature to justify pressing on towards the Cox Plate (2040m) on 24 October. "I would have thought she'd have to win but in saying that she is already a Group 1 winner but another Group 2 win would certainly help," Hope said. "I brought her to Moonee Valley just to make sure she'd handle the track, I know it's different to race pressure but she seemed to wheel around the corner no problem." He added: "She's a very casual mare that takes everything in her stride and the trip down here should just bring her on a little bit." Hope said he was pleased with Fenway's first-up 9th (beaten 4.2-lengths) in the Gr2 Let's Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington, and said she had returned a better horse this campaign. "Mentally and physically she's a lot stronger this preparation," he said. The beautifully bred Fenway is by High Chaparral out the Zabeel mare Deedra, a half sister to Gr1 winners Tuesday Joy and Sunday Joy (dam of More Joyous) and a granddaughter of celebrated blue hen Denise's Joy.

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Fenway - white cap (image: Steve Hart)
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