Trainer: Richard Freedman
Foal Date: 11/11/2016
HEART THOROUGHBREDS – FOXWEDGE COLT A HALF-BROTHER TO NECHITA
The TTSC on behalf of Heart Thoroughbreds to offer shares in this bay colt out of a daughter of Peintre Celebre, Artistique.
Foxwedge retired for stud duties after 13-race starts with the bay recording five wins and four placings earning his connections $952,450. Amongst those wins were three stakes race victories, including one at the highest level in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley (1200 m.).
Sold by connections for a reported $10million Foxwedge provided his owners with a return as they paid $925,000 for him as a yearling when offered out of the 2010 Inglis Easter auction ring. Selling to a syndicate that included De Burgh Equine (from Ireland), Foxwedge was raced by Dr. Bateman and his wife.
Foxwedge won on debut over 1100m at Rosehill, at two, showing talent immediately which
was underpinned with a third placing in the Group 2 Todman Slipper Trial (1200m.) behind Smart Missile (ex Comical Smile) and Sepoy (ex Watchful).
As a spring three-year-old, Foxwedge won the Group 2 San Domenico Stakes (1100 m.) at his first start back from his juvenile campaign and trained on to win the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200 m.) in October. O’Shea sent Foxwedge to Victoria to contest the Group 1 Ascot Vale Stakes at Flemington down its famous straight course in 2011. The bay found Sepoy too strong finishing in the runners-up stall.
Set a task to take on Australia’s Sprint Queen Black Caviar in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington the following autumn, Foxwedge finished fourth with Hay List (second) & Buffering (third) in the record breaking race with Black Caviar stopping the clock at 55.53 seconds for the 1000m. Lining up in the second of the major autumn sprints in the state Foxwedge finished third behind his older rivals Hay List and Buffering in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m). Far from disgraced John O’Shea sent Foxwedge to Moonee Valley for their weight-for-age feature under lights, ridden by Nash Rawiller, the bay colt delivered his connections a result at the elite level victory in the William Reid turning the tables on the Newmarket winner by a three-quarters-of-a-length.
Retiring for covering duties in 2011, Foxwedge has now covered six-books of mares with breeders showing their support covering 908 mares. Three crops of foals have since raced with statistics showing 300 starters for 153 individual winners seven are stakes winners with 14-runners earning black type placings, with overall earnings of more than $9.4million. Among the horses stakes winners are two Group 1 winners; Foxplay (ex Butters) winner of the ATC Queen of the Turf Stakes and Volpe Veloce (ex Bardego) winner of New Zealand’s Railway Stakes. Along with the stakes winning Hertford Dancer (Listed Oaks Trial (UK); Kentucky Miss (Listed VRC Cap d’Antibes); Fox Hall (Listed SAJC H. C. Nitschke Stakes); Sadilla (Listed Premio Buontalenta (Rome)) and Fox Swift (Listed VRC Cap d’Antibes).
A winner of four races over distances that ranged from 1200m to 1800m from 19 race starts finishing in the money another 10-times for connections Artistique finished fourth in the 2007 MVRC Group 2 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1600 m.) when five-years-old.
NOT ENOUGH? Retired for breeding duties Artistique is known as a proven producer with the sixth living foal, this yearling subject of this offer, the fifth foal is a current season two-year-old, the remaining four have raced and all are winners. They include Nechita (by Fastnet Rock) a winner of three races from just four starts including the 2012 VRC Group 1 Ascot Vale Stakes (1200m.); Art Thou Ready (by More Than Ready) eight wins and $202,740; Thermogenic (by Northern Meteor) two wins and $89,926 and the winning Kandinsky (by Hinchinbrook).
Artistique is a half-sister to the six-time winner Chiming Lass (by Bellotto) & five-time winner Winona (by Bluebird) – incidentally both mares are winners of the AJC Listed Toy Show Quality (1400m.). By Peintre Celebre (by Nureyev) winner of the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) and the Grand Prix de Paris (2000m.) at Longchamp and trained by Andre Fabre. Owned through his racing career by Daniel Wildensten, Peintre Celebre retiring after the 1997 Arc win due to an injury the chestnut sustained in the Arc.
As of early February Peintre Celebre has sired 66 stakes winners, 15 of those are at the highest level, over varying distances including the dual German Group 1 winner and sire Dai Jin (ex Dawlah); the Group 1 Ascot Prince of Wales’s Stakes winner and South African-based sire Byword (ex Binche); the triple Group 1-winning sprinter Bentley Biscuit (ex Tycoon Joy); dual Hong Kong Group 1-winner Collection (ex Lasting Chance), as well as the Group 1 winning fillies Vallee Enchantee (ex Verveine) and Pride (ex Specificity).
More importantly Peintre Celebre has shown his worth as a broodmare sire with the horses name entrenched in bloodlines for decades to come with the chestnut’s daughters producing 46 stakes winners 13 of those are at the elite level. The son of Nureyev name also appears as the dam-sire of the 2014 Melbourne Cup first and second – Protectionist (ex Patineuse) and Red Cadeaux (ex Artisia).
The Australian Stud Book records show Pierro (by Lonhro) covered Artistique last spring as the mare cares for a weanling colt by Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock).
The racing wheel has turned the full circle for Richard Freedman.
And the signs are all positive that it has arrived at a perfect point in the career of a trainer who has seen and done more than most in racing.
A member of one of Australia’s greatest modern-day racing families, Freedman has been done more than most in his racing career. As a trainer, an administrator, a commentator and now a trainer again, Freedman comes to his “new” role with a rare mix of experience and wisdom.
And there isn’t much doubt that the knowledge he has acquired over a lifetime in the business is being readily translated into winners.
Freedman was born into racing at his father’s Hardwicke Stud at Yass in NSW. After learning the fundamentals of horsemanship at the family farm, he and brothers Lee and Anthony started training in Sydney in 1983.
The brothers set up at Warwick Farm when they couldn’t get boxes at Randwick, but found the situation unsuitable to their ambitions and the following year, joined by the youngest of the team, Michael, moved to Melbourne, establishing their Brackley Lodge stables at Flemington – and becoming an almost instant success.
The deeds of the Freedman brothers in Victoria include five Melbourne Cups and a place for brother Lee in the Australian racing Hall of Fame.
While the brothers’ careers have taken various turns in the years since they dominated Victorian racing, none has lost the ability to train winners.
For Richard’s part, he showed that by producing a city winner from his small team within a couple of months of taking out his trainer’s licence when Forever Dream (ex Ofcourseican) won at Canterbury on May 11, 2017.
Over the ensuing weeks he trained four more individual winners, his skills perhaps being best demonstrated by the success of the French import Auvray (ex Ameyrah) who became Richard’s first Saturday city winner when toppling odds-on favourite at Rosehill in August, 2017. Auvray’s victory for Richard came after previous trainers had battled in vain with the horse. A week later Richard saddled up his second metropolitan winner with the gelded Latin Boy (ex Miss Hinze) winning the fourth consecutive time at Warwick Farm in a Benchmark 70.
Richard Freedman prepares his team at Rosehill, having previously run a pre-training operation at Hawkesbury.
The share price is inclusive of the breaking-in fee, early education with Richard Freedman and all transport, agistment costs paid until 1st of August 2018. The colt is insured with HQ Insurance for mortality with the policy valid until 31st January 2019.
To give you a guide the average ongoing upkeep costs for a two percent shareholding has been estimated at $75.00 (inc GST) per month.
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