First Seal Ready for 2016 Millie Fox Stakes Return

February 16th, 2016

First Seal was unlucky to miss the entire Spring Carnival through injury, but trainer John Thompson is confident the talented mare is a serious chance of success in her competitive return in Saturday’s Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens.

First Seal will make her return to racing in Saturday's 2016 Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill. Photo: Steve Hart

First Seal will make her return to racing in Saturday’s 2016 Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill. Photo: Steve Hart

First Seal has been a standout performer for Thompson since her meteoric rise to prominence through the 2014 Spring Carnival; posting an impressive four wins and five minors through eleven competitive starts, highlighted by her win in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) as a three-year-old.

Having been patient with the mare through her long absence from racing, Thompson told AAP he is thrilled with the daughter of Fastnet Rock’s condition and is excited by the prospect of her return in the 2016 Millie Fox Stakes.

“She is very well and everything has gone right with her preparation,” Thompson said.

“I’m looking forward to getting her back to the races.”

Debuting to racing for fourth in a Canterbury minor over 1250 in May of 2014 before returning to the paddock, First Seal returned to racing in spring in exceptional condition; breaking through for a maiden race win in the Daily Press Group Maiden Plate (1100m) before finishing second to Sweynesse in the TAB Early Quaddie BM70 (1400m).

Returning to winning form in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m), First Seal beat a talented field including Winx to the line in the Flight Stakes before ending her campaign second in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).

Resuming in 2015 for second in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m), First Seal won the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) before finishing second in each of the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m); running sixth in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) in her most recent appearance on April 11th.

The 2016 Millie Fox Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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