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US Winner For Foxwedge

Friday, 20th May 2016

Exciting young Australian stallion Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock- Forest Native, by Forest Wildcat) has sired a winner in the US with the Wesley Ward-trained Star Empire winning on debut at Belmont overnight. Despite being slow to begin, Star Empire (Foxwedge-Celestial Empire, by Empire Maker) quickly recovered to share the lead with race favourite Fuhrlong before showing a brilliant turn of foot to kick clear of that rival in the straight and score by a wide 6.5-lengths. The UK-bred Star Empire is one of three Foxwedge colts sent to Wesley Ward’s stable by the Bateman family, who raced the Gr1 winning son of Fastnet Rock. Such is the esteem in which Ward holds Star Empire that the 2YO is expected to join the trainer's high profile team at Royal Ascot next month. From the unraced US mare Celestial Empire (Empire Maker), Star Empire hails from the family of Gr1 winners Well Chosen, Telling and Golden Ticket and was a 40,000 guineas purchase by De Burgh Equine and James Harron Bloodstock at Tattersalls in 2014. "Working closely with Hubie de Burgh we secured three Foxwedge colts as foals at Tattersalls in 2014 for the Bateman family and sent them to Wesley Ward, with the pipe dream that one of them might make it to Royal Ascot, where Wesley obviously has such a strong record," Harron told Breednet. " As such it is very pleasing to see Star Empire make such a promising start to his career, and a trip to Royal Ascot will now be under strong consideration providing he comes through the run well." De Burgh was also intimately connected with Foxwedge himself having purchased him for $925,000 at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale on behalf of the late Dr Edmund Bateman and his wife Belinda. Trained by John O'Shea, Foxwedge won the 2012 Gr1 William Reid Stakes where he defeated high-class sprinters Hay List and Buffering. Standing at Newgate Farm in the Hunter Valley, Foxwedge also shuttles to the northern hemisphere where he stands at Whitsbury Manor Stud in the UK.

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