Still a maiden but with some good efforts in the book Foxy Lady looked the ideal type for someone to have fun with on the AW. Unfortunately nobody else though that so when she couldn’t get a bid at the Doncaster HIT sale she was on the box home to Hambleton Lodge. Those who were showing a little interest may be rueing missing out as just a week later she went to break her maiden in the sunracing.co.uk Handicap at Wolverhampton.
Although Foxy Lady has raced at lower grades she has shown a fairly decent level of form for the level. Still a maiden after 14 runs, she has gone close a few times, proving a little unlucky and gaining 5 places in the process. Once Kevin got the filly home from the sales he immediately looked for another one of these events with Foxy Lady proving effective on the artificial surface.
Now the turf season is close to the finish, the AW starts to kick into gear. Wolverhampton does provide plenty of opportunity for these lower grade horses and it was here that Foxy Lady headed. It would mean a step up in trip for the filly, taking on the extended mile for the first time. Kevin was hoping that the 1m1/2f trip could finally see the filly earn her first win. To further help the cause he booked Seb Woods for the ride, utilising the apprentice’s 5lb claim.
No matter what race it is and what trip it is, Wolverhampton does lead to a fast pace being set around the tight turns. This was no different and the pair drawn 1 & 2 were quickly away and straight into the lead. Foxy Lady jumped well from her wider draw and this allowed Seb to move up into third spot tracking the furious pace. The field settled down to race in pairs and immediately hit the first bend, taking them left handed and into the back straight.
There was no time for a breather with the leaders not holding back. Foxy Lady had run at the track before so was used to the fast pace and travelled easily just off the lead. With the field racing in twos they were not too spread out so it seemed that all runners would have a fair chance come the business end.
In the blink of an eye the leaders were entering the home bend, taking them past the 3f pole. Now those giving chase had to start doing something, with the short home straight not giving them enough time if they waited. Seb began to wind Foxy Lady up and inched closer to the leaders. She moved up and was starting to shift through the gears, looking to swing off the bend and maintain her momentum.
Entering the home straight leaders kicked to try and continue their dominance up front. Unfortunately for them the field were in close attentio, led by Foxy Lady who closed in down the centre of the track. Rocksbury quickly gave way which left Foxy to take on Princess Way. Arrowzone had raced alongside Foxy throughout the contest and moved up looking full of running. The pair ran down the new leader 1 1/2f from home with plenty of other rivals looming large.
There was 4/5 in with a chance entering the final furlong but it was Arrowzone who had the lead. Foxy Lady just began to drift right passing the 1f which seemed to give her chances away. There wasn’t much time to react as the finishers were thundering home. Seb corrected his filly and she showed great tenacity to quicken up and go forward once again. Arrowzone had gone up by a neck but Foxy Lady was clawing back at this narrow lead. With just 100 yards to run she responded to every urging from Seb. Bravely she got back to the leader and edged her nose into the lead. From there she then repelled all comers that were trying to snatch the lead away. Foxy Lady saw out every inch of the trip to record her first win by a neck.
It was great to see Foxy Lady win and although no superstar she does try very hard. With this attitude she could easily build upon this win. The handicapper can’t be too hard on her so Foxy Lady should find a similar race. Her confidence should be boosted by getting her head in front and Foxy Lady can back it up with further successes.