Lee & Shannon Hope’s Cox Plate-bound mare Fenway is set to get an early look at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Moir Stakes Night this Friday when she runs in the Stocks Stakes 2015 on way to Australasia’s weight-for-age championship.
Winner of the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) in Sydney as a three-year-old in late March before her brave second to Delicacy in Adelaide’s Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) in May, the now four-year-old daughter of High Chaparral is set to make her Moonee Valley debut this weekend.
The Hopes have the $200,000 Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) over the mile scheduled second-up for Fenway after her first-up ninth when beaten over four lengths by Amicus in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.
Now she goes to weight-for-age over more distance and has impressed her trainers since her returning run with a look around the notoriously tight Valley circuit on Monday morning.
Working alongside the fellow Hope-trained Always Lucky over 1000m, Fenway had hoop Mark Zahra in the saddle and enjoyed an easy win in the gallop.
“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,” Shannon Hope said, who trains in partnership with his father Lee, told Racing Victoria.
“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.
“Mentally and physically she’s a lot stronger this preparation.
“In all of her runs, apart from the Vinery and the Oaks, she’s hit a flat spot where as she never did at Flemington and that’s another reason why we’ve brought her here to Moonee Valley, it’s a track where she can build her momentum during the race.”
All going well in the Stocks Stakes and Fenway will continue onto the $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) back at Moonee Valley on October 24.
“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.
Futures Cox Plate betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, who are rewarding new depositing players with up to $700 in bonus bets with use of the code SPRINGBONUS this season, are led by Chris Waller’s George Main Stakes winner Kermadec ($5.50).
Fenway, who will be looking to become the first Cox Plate winning mare since the ill-fated Pinker Pinker (2011) should she make it all the way to race day, meanwhile pays $67 as a genuine outsider in betting.
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