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Richardson May Be Foxing With Fast Filly
Graham Richardson simply doesn't know whether exciting filly Volpe Veloce will handle a heavy track in tomorrow's Listed Castletown Stakes (1200m) at Wanganui, but he knows she has the class to win if she does, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Matamata trainer is keen to give the Foxwedge filly her opportunity at stakes level as a two-year-old before she is turned out to prepare for three-year-old fillies races in the spring. The aptly named Volpe Veloce, whose name in Italian translates to "fast fox", showed that a bright future awaits when she cruised to an easy 2.3-length debut win over 1200 metres at Matamata in March. "Her work has been first-class and that's been on heavy tracks," Richardson said. "But it's only when you let their heads go that you really find out. She'll handle it to a degree but it's just how the others handle it and whether they handle it better." He added: "We've got an ideal draw, a good rider on that knows the track and she's done well." Richardson had intended to test Volpe Veloce at stakes level in the Listed Equine Stakes at Te Rapa last month but was forced to miss the race due to a stone bruise. "She's over that now thankfully and she's really well in herself. She's a pretty good filly we think," Richardson said. "She'll have this race on Saturday and then go out and target the Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings in the spring. We probably look to the South Island with her after that." Purchased for NZ$240,000 by Richardson Racing at the 2015 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Lyndhurst Farm, Volpe Veloce is a half-sister to Listed Black Opal Stakes winner Delago Bolt from the Gr3 Blue Diamond Preview winning filly Bardego.