Fancy Fox is at double figure odds to win the Sheila Gwynne Classic (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday, but trainer Robin Elliot believes the eight-year-old is not out of the Listed race contest.
Elliot has opted to give Fancy Fox a third chance of winning the Sheila Gwynne Classic and bases her assessment on the mares past two runs.
Following a close second to I’m Pretty at Pinjarra, Fancy Fox ended a long losing drought at the same track and venue with a strong finishing sprint.
Closing out the final 600m in race fastest 33.91sec, the Redoubtable mare charged home from second-last position and won by 1 1/2 lengths.
Fancy Fox is a $19 chance in the Sheila Gwynne Classic with gun mare Angelic Ruler ($1.90) and last-start Marjorie Charleson winner, Flower of War ($2.90), the market leaders.
Against quality opposition Fancy Fox appears to have the task in front of her, but Elliot says on the strength of her recent form, an upset victory would not shock her.
“She is just working so well,” Elliot told The Races WA.
“The other day she ran a really fast last 600 metres.
“She has been in this race before and had gone a long time without winning, but she seems like she is back to her old form.
“The distance will suit her and I think the small field will also make it a lot easier for her.
“I’m not scared in giving her a shot and think she is going well enough to give it a go.
“She definitely is showing signs of being a good horse.
“I go in with a horse in form and with a bit of confidence.”
In a field of seven starters Fancy Fox will jump from barrier two. In-form rider, Lucy Warwick gets her third ride on her.
“Lucy gets on well with her amazingly well,” Elliot said.
“Last time we were going to go in a forward position, but they ran quite fast and we got back a bit.
“But hopefully we will be able to jump and be in a forward position.”
Fancy Fox ran third to Dendee in the 2017 Sheila Gwynne Classic and ninth behind Mizlecki two years ago when under the guidance of Tracey Diederich.