It might still be winter, but exciting filly She’s a Fox (2f Fastnet Rock x Forest Native, by Forest Wildcat) showed real spring class talent when she thrashed a promising field to win the ATC Rosebud Qualifier at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
The Anthony Cummings trained filly scored impressively on debut at a Canterbury night meeting in March before finishing sixth in the Group II ATC Magic Night Stakes.
Sent immediately to the paddock for a spell after that effort, She’s a Fox has returned a bigger, stronger filly and looks to have a bright spring ahead of her judging by this performance.
Tuned up with a recent barrier trial, She’s a Fox was a heavily backed favourite and made a one act affair of the 1100 metre sprint.
She settled perfectly just off the pace for Peter Robl after jumping from an awkward gate and made ground out wide to surge into contention with a furlong to run, zooming clear over the concluding stages to win by nearly four lengths.
“She’s got the turn of foot of a Group horse,” Cummings said.
“One of the reasons we came here was to ensure she gets into the Listed race (Rosebud) next time.
“From there she’ll have the opportunity to qualify for the Golden Rose. They tell me it’s worth a million bucks and I need that.”
She’s a Fox is a full sister to Group I winner Foxwedge, who finished fourth to Manawanui in the Group I ATC Golden Rose last year.
A $600,000 Inglis Easter purchase form the draft of Luskin Park Stud, She’s a Fox is one of four winners from good producer Forest Native (USA).
She’s a Fox looks another rising star for champion sire Fastnet Rock, who has broken all prizemoney records this season.