2017 Epsom Handicap Aim for Foxplay

Chris Waller’s Queen Of The Turf Stakes winning filly Foxplay is back in work and tracking well towards a spring return where the Epsom Handicap 2017 will see her back in Group 1 company.


Foxplay will target the 2017 Epsom Handicap at home in Sydney this spring before heading south for the Myer Classic during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Photo: Steve Hart.

A winner of five of her 13 career starts to date, the rising four-year-old daughter of Foxwedge lived up to her pedigree last spring and into the autumn.

She enjoyed back-to-back Group 2 Randwick victories last September before her brave fourth behind the Gai Waterhouse-trained Global Glamour in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).

Her 2017 summer – autumn season saw her have five starts that included a Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) win as the odds-on favourite at Rosehill in March and a close fourth just two lengths beaten in the mud by the winner Montoya’s Secret in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m).

Foxplay was last seen finally breaking through for her maiden elite level win, dropping back to a mile at Royal Randwick on April 8 during ‘The Championships’ to salute in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m).

She will be chasing more top level success when coming back as a mare this spring racing season, kicking things off at home in Sydney.

Already back in the stable, Star Thoroughbreds’ Denise Martin told Racing NSW that Foxplay had matured well over her time in the paddock.

“She has put on good condition and although she hasn’t grown height-wise significantly she is certainly much stronger and looks like a fully mature mare now,” Martin said.

Waller and the team are currently plotting an early spring campaign targeting the $1 million Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at the track and distance of Foxplay’s Queen Of The Turf Stakes triumph.

She will then head south to Melbourne for a Cup Carnival bid in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington in November.

Futures Epsom Handicap odds at bookmakers around the country have Schweppes Oaks – Queensland Oaks double winning stablemate Egg Tart as the early favourite, while Foxplay can be had further down the all-in markets at around $15.

As for the pre-nomination Myer Classic odds, Foxplay is tipped as the one to beat followed by dual Group 1 winner Global Glamour.

Waller has dominated recent Epsom Handicap results preparing three winners on the trot from 2013 – 2015 with Boban, He’s Your Man and superstar mare Winx respectively.

The master Sydney horseman has also enjoyed Myer Classic success in Victoria back in 2013 with then six-year-old Red Tracer.

To back Foxplay over her spring campaign at the right Group 1 racing odds head to Ladbrokes.com.au now.


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