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First-Up Run Takes Toll on Foxplay

Tuesday, 29th August 2017

Meanwhile, Winx's Gr1-wining stable-mate Foxplay could be given an extra week's rest despite holding two entries at Randwick on Saturday. Foxplay has been nominated for both the Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) and Gr2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) but could miss the features in favour of the Gr2 Theo Marks (1300m) a week later. Trainer Chris Waller said Foxplay's near upset of Winx in the Gr2 Warwick Stakes, in which she ran the champion mare to her shortest margin in two years (0.2 length), exacted a physical toll on the 4YO. ''She had a hard run," Waller said. "Normally I would gallop her on Saturday but we decided to hold her back until Tuesday. She left a considerable amount of feed. It shows how tough a run Foxplay had to try and beat Winx.''

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Foxplay winning the Gr1 Queen of the Turf Stakes in the autumn (image: Steve Hart)
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