Although not all races can be run in the middle of summer with huge crowds and top prize money, some of the lower grade wins can give you satisfaction comparable to that. All horses have their grade and so to get a win is just the same if it is a seller or Group 1 as the horse is fulfilling it’s potential. Foxy Lady was gaining her second win at Wolverhampton when she took the 1m 1/2f Follow Sun Racing On Twitter Selling Handicap for horses rated 0-65.
It took the 4 yr old 14 runs before the elusive maiden win came her way and that was at Wolverhampton. She had shown some decent form earlier on in her career but had hit the crossbar before then failing to follow it up with another good effort. It was clear that the filly had ability to win races and with her mark hovering around 60, it seemed as though he found her grade. An in and out season on the turf caused Kevin to give Foxy Lady a break of 4 months. It proved just the tonic as Foxy Lady returned in November a fresh filly and duly shed her maiden tag, taking a 0-60 handicap. Unfortunately she didn’t back this up, finishing down the field on two subsequent runs. Kevin felt that maybe she was a filly who would run best fresh and so left her alone for a few weeks.
With the New Year rolling round there were plenty of races available to the now 4 year old but Kevin waited. It was 7 weeks between her runs and Foxy Lady arrived at Wolverhampton rejuvenated for the selling handicap. Shane Gray has spent the winter months in America honing his riding skills but was back to take his first ride of 2019 for Kevin. Due to the disappointment of her last coupe of runs, Foxy lady was allowed to go off at 14/1 in the 12 runner race.
Drawn in stall 2, Foxy jumped well and Shane was keen to go forward. Unfortunately she didn’t quite have the early pace to match a few of her rivals who moved forward to set the early pace. Favourite Mans Not Trot took the overall lead and set a nice even gallop. Along the rail Shane settled around fifth position just a few lengths from the leaders who he had in his eye line. The field past the winning post for the first time and through the first 1 1/2f to hit the bend which would take them into the back straight.
Little would change when they straightened up inside the final 6f. It was a nice pace and all the jockeys seemed happy with their position. Foxy Lady travelled well in behind and maintained her position throughout. The back straight would take the runners past the halfway point and down towards the home bend. With the fav still setting the fractions the rest of the field were waiting to see how the race might develop. Shane was happy with his position and his mount was going well as they bared down on the bend.
Swinging around the bend the pace picked up as the leader started to quicken and attempt to stretch the field. Moving inside the 3f marker and the race was now on with many of the jockeys getting into their drive, readying their challenge. Shane started to niggle away and Foxy Lady responded by quickening up and maintaining her position. Taking the shortest route possible, Foxy moved up along the rail and put herself into a great position to strike down the straight.
Entering the straight and the favourite had kicked into a clear length advantage but the pursuers were nowhere near beaten. Racing down towards the final furlong the chasing pack were baring down on the front runner and Foxy Lady was the one travelling best. With the runners fanning out off the bend Shane waited for the gaps to appear and he got his wish. He sent Foxy after the leader and immediately ate into the advantage.
Having closed down the favourite, Foxy Lady snatched the lead away moving into the final furlong. Shane was asking for everything and Foxy was driving all the way to the finish. Although passed the fav was still plugging on but it was Lord Murphy who was finishing with a real flourish. Having been held up he was rattling home and it seemed as though momentum was on his side. Foxy Lady looked to be a sitting duck to the fast finish but she was digging deep. As her rival got within touching distance of her she needed top find something more to repel the challenge. With Shane driving for the line his mount responded to every urging. Sticking her head down Foxy Lady bravely battled on holding off her rival and finding a little it more. Crossing the line she had earned her second win with a narrow neck victory.
It was a good performance from Foxy Lady who travelled well and then showed tenacity in the finish. It does seem as though she enjoys a little bit of time in between her races but then again it is always nice to strike when horses are in form. The handicapper won’t do too much due to the narrow winning margin so there will be plenty more options in the near future. Whether she steps into handicap company or stays in selling/claiming races will depend on how she comes out of this run.