Faxed’s eventful life took a turn for the better this afternoon at Matamata where the widely-travelled four-year-old posted an overdue victory at the expense of his Rating 75 sprint opposition.
He settled off a genuine pace and came with long strides in the straight under rider Chad Ormsby to down the favourite Sateka and win his first race for 15 months.
Bred by Aucklander Maureen Douglas, Faxed was initially offered through Windsor Park Stud’s 2009 Select Sale draft at Karaka, but a $40,000 sale subsequently fell through.
“He failed the scope as a yearling with a throat infection,” Rodney Schick said. “I liked him and as he was from Falkirk’s first crop I leased him from Maureen for his racing career.”
All went according to plan when Faxed placed at his two-year-old debut from Allan Sharrock’s stable and was successful at his next start at Trentham. He won again in his first appearance at three and two runs later was unlucky when unplaced in the Listed Dunedin Guineas. “He’d stayed down there and was with Peter Williams when he bled,” Schick said.
The gelding returned home for a lengthy spell and resumed work with Allan Jones, who manages the Windsor Park-owned Hallidon Hill. The 300-acre property is used to spell mares and racing stock. “He’s trained behind the motorbike and has a few gallops at the track and he really enjoys it out on the farm,” Schick said.
Faxed came back after a break of 10 months to finish fifth on his re-appearance and was then unplaced after racing three wide without cover. Today he settled one off the fence close to the pace and rounded off his effort powerfully in the straight.
He is out of the Volksraad mare Maxamore, who won the Gr.2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes winner and is a half-sister to the Gr.2 Hawke’s Bay Cup winner and Gr.1 Auckland Cup runner-up Maxam.
Windsor Park Stud completed a Matamata double with the stock of the resident sire Falkirk when Tale To Tell carried the blue and gold colours to a runaway success in the Rating 65 sprint.
The three-year-old coasted along at the head of the field before dashing clear for an effortless victory to remain unbeaten this preparation after breaking her maiden in style at Ellerslie.
Falkirk is enjoying a hot run of form with his flagship performer the Gr.1 Hong Kong Derby winner Fay Fay. Gr.2 Concorde Handicap and Gr.3 Darley Plate winner Durham Town, Schooner Bay (also owned by Windsor Park) and the unbeaten Australian-based three-year-olds Aqualin and Scottish Queen have all starred in recent times for the Tale Of The Cat stallion.