The Stan Fox Stakes is one of six stakes events on the Rosehill card this Saturday. As the title suggests, it is named in honour of racing and breeding identity, the late Stan Fox, once Australia’s biggest individual owner.
First run in 1975, the modern day Stan Fox Stakes is run as a Group 2 at set weights for three year olds over 1500m.
While not considered among the top echelon of features on the Australian turf calendar, it has starred some handy gallopers; General Nediym, Paratroopers, Manawanui and last year, Eurozone. It has also thrown up a rare sire line treble: Octagonal (1995) – Lonhro (2001) – Denman (2009).
While no fillies are in the 2014 field, many of the colts and geldings are on a Caulfield Guineas path, but it’s interesting to note only two have captured the double since 1985, Kenwood Melody (1998) and Lonhro (2001).
The Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes is set to jump at 3:05pm (AEST). Make sure you tune in to Sky Racing to catch all the action.
Five of the eight runners are returning to Rosehill after last-start efforts in the Golden Rose. It can be a strong form line, with last year’s Stan Fox winner Eurozone bouncing back from a sixth in the Golden Rose a fortnight earlier.
This brings me to the obvious stand out of the 2014 Stan Fox Stakes, Scissor Kick. The Arrowfield flagbearer is by Redoute’s Choice, which is yet to sire a winner of this race. Rated a $1.70 chance with TAB.com.au, Scissor Kick was launched into Caufleild Guineas calculations after capturing The Rosebud-Up And Coming Stakes double. The Paul Messara trained colt was denied a maiden Group 1 victory by Hallowed Crown in the Golden Rose, but had excuses after travelling wide and without cover for much of the 1200m trip. He’s the obvious pick on current form and his odds-on price reflects this.
Shooting To Win was a fast-finishing third in the Golden Rose and will look to make it back-to-back Stan Fox wins for his late sire Northern Meteor, following Eurozone last year.
Trained by father-son combination Peter and Paul Snowden, Shooting To Win is a progressive type and is great value at ($3.20).
Coolmore colt Valentia ($6) is dual accepted for the Stan Fox and Gloaming Stakes (1800m). Following a third in the Up And Coming and a fifth in the Ming Dynasty in heavy conditions, Gai Waterhouse hinted at trackwork the colt may appreciate a longer trip.
Paul Perry has two runners in this year’s Stan Fox, Scratch Me Lucky ($26) and Modoc ($26) which races in the colours made famous by Choisir and Stratum. The duo finished ninth and 13th respectively in the Golden Rose and on paper they are hard to have this weekend, but both runs were solid and indicated they will both be better suited at 1500m and beyond.
Check the full TAB.com.au market for the Stan Fox Stakes here
Gerald Ryan’s blue-blooded colt Bachman ($51) promised plenty as a two-year-old. A son of All American and Ain’t Seen Nothin, Bachman is a half-brother to Stepitup and Aint’nofallenstar, the family of Bring Me The Maid and Polar Success. He was 10th in the Golden Rose .
In true Anthony Cummings style, Volley Of Fire ($71) has been thrown into the black-type deep end. The War Pass colt’s best effort to date was a Gosford maiden win on August 14. Since then he’s finished fourth at both Canterbury and Newcastle.
Award For Merit ($35) is just as difficult to line up. The Tony McEvoy trained son of Medaglia d’Oro has had just one start, a victory at Balaklava as a late two-year-old on May 28. But as we’ve seen before during the Spring, you discount South Australian gallopers at your own risk!
Whatever the result, expect future markets to change dramatically after this weekend of Spring racing.