Australian-bred South African Grade 1 winner Run Fox Run (Foxwedge) has run her last race and will be covered in Europe.
Run Fox Run will be transferring to her owners’ Barnane Stud in County Tipperary, Ireland, where the daughter of Woodside Park-based resident Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock) is destined for a first covering to Juddmonte’s star stallions Frankel (Galileo) or Kingman (Invincible Spirit).
Bred by Mill Park, the Ridgemont Stud-owned Run Fox Run was bought by her trainer Brett Crawford and C Roscoe for $420,000 at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and made an instant impression in South Africa, winning her first five starts, including the Olympic Duel Stakes (Listed, 1200m) and Southern Cross Stakes (Gr 2, 1000m) in 2019.
Run Fox Run went on to win three more races, and ended her season on the perfect note when landing the 2021 Cape Flying Championship (Gr 1, 1000m) last month, beating a field that included seven Grade 1 winners, including champions Celtic Sea (Captain Al), Kasimir (Captain Al), Russet Air (What A Winter) and Tempting Fate (Master Of My Fate).
The mare retires the winner of eight of her 11 career starts and R1,140,350 ($99,657) in prize-money.
Run Fox Run is out of the placed mare Victory Cry (General Nediym) who has produced three other winners including Listed winner Guard Of Honour (Northern Meteor).
Further back this is the family of Thousand Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Serious Speed (Royal Academy). Victory Cry was covered by Deep Field (Northern Meteor) last September having produced a colt by Written Tycoon (Iglesia).
“Run Fox Run is a beautifully bred athletic mare and has nothing more to prove on the track,” said Ridgemont’s Craig Kieswetter. “She has given us so much pleasure and we could not have scripted her final Cape appearance better. Bowing out with a dazzling Grade 1 victory on Met day was the cherry on the top.”Mill Park will offer a colt by Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor) out of the winning Starcraft (Soviet Star) mare Champagne Jane - who is herself a half-sister to Run Fox Run - at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale which begins a week on Sunday. The colt is catalogued as Lot 540. https://inglis.com.au/sales/info/2021+Melbourne+Premier+Yearling+Sale/catalogue/540