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Foxplay Wins Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Newgate Farm's Gr1-winning shuttle stallion Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock-Forest Native, by Forest Wildcat ) added a Group success when exciting 3YO filly Foxplay (Foxwedge-Butters, by El Prado) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Chris Waller in the $200,000 Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Zenalicious (Choisir-Zenith, by Fantastic Light) & Cosmic Set (Reset-Riddles, by Distorted Humour). Appearing to have been given too much to do by Kerrin McEvoy, the odds-on favourite was shown the persuader turning for home, only to run into traffic and throw her head in the air. Straightened up again, and at risk of missing the placings, Foxplay threaded her way through a gap to score impressively with the suggestion of higher honours to come. Foxplay improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 Furious Stakes & Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes) from 11 starts for $498,810 earnings. Foxplay, whose second dam is Gr1 Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Eliza, was a $160,000 purchase by Star Thoroughbreds at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Newgate Farm.