Fox Returns In Southern Cross Stakes

Twelve top-class fillies and mares are set to do battle in Saturday’s G2 World Sports Betting Southern Cross Stakes at Kenilworth this weekend.

There will be keen interest, no doubt, in the return of top fillies Clouds Unfold (who sports a G1 penalty) and Run Fox Run, in Saturday’s 1000m feature.

Foxwedge’s brilliant daughter Run Fox Run (main image), unbeaten in four starts, is set to make her eagerly awaited return, with the Brett Crawford trained filly having not raced since May.

The Mill Park Stud-bred and Inglis Easter sold filly has won all four of her races in facile fashion, with Run Fox Run having blized clear to score a devastating five length win in the Olympic Duel Stakes at her most recent start. She faces her toughest task on Saturday and is coming off a layoff, but Run Fox Run should still give a good account of herself.

Brilliant filly Clouds Unfold (below) has likewise not started since May, but with four graded triumphs (including last season’s G1 Bidvest Majorca Stakes) to her name, the Bass-Robinson filly is the class act in Saturday’s race and she must be respected –even if the 1000m trip looks on the sharp side for her.

Bass-Robinson saddles no fewer than five of the 12 runners in Saturday’s sprint, and her consistent Freedom Charter should run another good race after finishing third in the Listed Laisserfaire Stakes last time out when conceding the winner 8kgs! Stablemates Nastergal and Nous Voila were both unplaced in the Laisserfaire, although Nous Voila was making her first start after a lengthy layoff on that occasion.

Cousin Liz, unbeaten in two starts last year when victorious in the G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery, could be the surprise package in the race, with the Captain Al daughter running on strongly for third when making her 3yo reappearance.

Last year’s winner Princess Rebel has not won since landing the 2018 Southern Cross Stakes, but was most impressive when finishing just a head off stable mate Pacific Trader when second in last season’s G1 Computaform Sprint, and the daughter of champion sprinter Rebel King looks a big runner once again on Saturday.

Last season’s G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship winner Miss Florida (pink cap below) was seventh in the Laisserfaire when making her seasonal debut but needs to do more to threaten here, while stablemate Casual Diamond is now 8kgs worse off with Freedom Charter for her win in the Laisserfaire Stakes and she looks well held on that.

KZN visitor In The Stars ran fourth in the Listed Laisserfaire Stakes on her seasonal Cape debut and she could be open to further improvement.

Celestial Storm looks outclassed here, while Listed Lady’s Pendant winner Canukeepitsecret (whose dam won this race back in 2006) looks held on current form.

Images: Run Fox Run and Clouds Unfold – Chase Liebenberg Designs. Miss Florida – Candiese Lenferna Photography