Foxplay is the 2017 Queen Of The Turf Stakes Winner

April 8th, 2017

Foxplay has mustered a scintillating turn of foot to break through for a maiden win at the highest level in this afternoon’s Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick.

Foxplay stormed home to win this afternoon's Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Royal Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart

Foxplay stormed home to win this afternoon’s Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Royal Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart

Foxplay continued to drift in Queen Of The Turf Stakes betting markets in the hours leading up to jump, but did her chances of winning the race no harm when jumping well and taking an ideal position on the heels of early leaders First Seal, Silent Sedition and Dixie Blossoms.

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy elected to pull the daughter of Foxwedge wide rounding into the final straight and he was rewarded for the decision when the fill found clear running.

Having locked in a fierce sprint battle with the likes of Silent Sedition, Dixie Blossoms and First Seal, Foxplay stormed clear to become the first progeny of Foxwedge to taste Group 1 glory; beating a fast-finishing Zanbagh by half a length.

McEvoy was instrumental in Foxplay’s impressive win in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes and was quick to heap the praise on the horse after the race.

“She is so honest and game and she deserves a Group 1,” McEvoy said after the race.

“She has put up some great performances – last prep and this prep – and that was a great performance.

“I wanted to be a bit closer given the lack of speed in the race and I ended up being parked without much cover, but she travelled like a dream.

“I was a little bit worried at the top of the straight as they kept coming out in front of me and I had to keep going out wider and wider, but full credit to the filly she showed a great turn-of-foot there to get herself on top and prove how good she is.

“It is handy to be knocking them in on the big days and I am getting good support from trainers like Chris Waller. Fair play to him and his team.”

Dixie Blossoms was prominent throughout and fought on to the line bravely to finish third, while Silent Sedition was unable to repeat her William Reid Stakes heroics of two weeks ago; fading late to finish fourth.

Winner of both the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) in spring, Foxplay was unable to make the most of her first appearance at the highest level when fourth in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).

Having resumed this time for second in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) on February 13th, Foxplay ran fourth in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) on heavy going a fortnight later, before an incredible win in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) on March 11th.

Running a credible fourth whilst arguably not getting the trip in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at her only other start this time, Foxplay confirmed that she is best at a mile with this afternoon’s win.

2017 Queen Of The Turf Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 17 FOXPLAY Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 10 54.5kg $7.50
2 5 ZANBAGH John P Thompson Damian Lane 0.5L 15 57kg $20
3 6 DIXIE BLOSSOMS Ron Quinton Sam Clipperton 1L 11 57kg $5.50
4 1 SILENT SEDITION Andrew Noblet Craig Williams 1.2L 7 57kg $4F
5 18 OREGON’S DAY Mick Price Damien Oliver 1.9L 14 54.5kg $16
6 2 FIRST SEAL John P Thompson Blake Shinn 2.5L 13 57kg $17
7 9 EURO ANGEL (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Corey Brown 2.6L 12 57kg $41
8 16 DIAMOND MADE Bruce Cross Ms Jess Taylor 4L 9 57kg $101
9 11 JESSY BELLE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 4.1L 17 57kg $61
10 3 HEAVENS ABOVE Tim Martin Tye Angland 4.3L 5 57kg $7.50
11 4 REAL LOVE Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 4.9L 3 57kg $26
12 12 ABBEY MARIE Michael Kent Luke Nolen 5.3L 8 57kg $26
13 7 DANISH TWIST Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 7.6L 2 57kg $10
14 14 PURE PRIDE (NZ) Murray Johnson Jason Collett 8.2L 1 57kg $21
15 13 EXTENSIBLE Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 8.7L 6 57kg $41
16 10 ELLE LOU Chris Waller Christian Reith 9.1L 4 57kg $51
17 8 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Tommy Berry 12.1L 16 57kg $31