Aussie star Foxwedge retired and misses Royal Ascot

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By Nicholas Godfrey
Racing Post

Ortensia

According to AAP Racing, new owners Newgate Farm pulled the plug on the proposed trip after the John O’Shea-trained three-year-old finished a well-beaten second on Friday in a barrier trial at Rosehill in Sydney.

Foxwedge beat leadingsprinter Hay List in the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley in March to put himself in line for a trip to the King’s Stand, where Australia will still be represented by Dubai winner Ortensia.

On his most recent outing, Foxwedge finished last of six in the TJ Smith Stakes, after which he was found to have mucus in his throat and was given treatment for a respiratory problem.

Newgate Farm will now stand the son of Fastnet Rock as their foundation stallion.

Four Australia-trained horses have won the King’s Stand in the last ten years: Choisir (2003), Takeover Target (2006) Miss Andretti (2007) and Scenic Blast (2009).

Al Quoz Sprint winner Ortensia has reportedly settled into her new surroundings in England with trainer Paul Messara overseeing her preparation.

She will be joined in the King’s Stand by Godolphin’s Sepoy, making herdebut for Mahmood Al Zarooni after leaving Peter Snowden.

Black Caviar, who is due to run in the Diamond Jubilee, had a solid 5f gallop on Saturday morning at Caulfield and will leave Australia in early June.

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