Andrew Noblet (Image: Racing Photos)
Foxy Frida ended a frustrating five-year drought at headquarters for trainer Andrew Noblet after she burst through a gap late to win the VRC Member Trophy (1400m) at Flemington.
The Foxwedge filly, who has finished in the top two in all but one of her seven starts, recorded Noblet’s first winner at Flemington since his former smart mare Super Cash won an 1100-metre Listed race in March 2016.
Starting at $11 and ridden by Daniel Moor, Foxy Frida wound up one and a quarter lengths clear on the line ahead of Japery ($17) and the heavily-backed $2.70 favourite Four Leaf Riot.
Noblet said he came to Flemington confident the filly would be in the finish.
"She hasn’t really run a bad race and she always puts herself thereabouts," Noblet said.
"Bad draws have hampered her a couple of times and she was terrific today.
"Nice ride by Daniel, sweated on a run there. I thought it was going to be another hard luck story but got the break at the right time and ran well.
"She’s a quality horse maturing and getting better with every run."
Noblet said her ability in wet ground meant she would continue racing through the winter.
"She’ll probably stick to the Silver Bowl series and work our way through there," Noblet said.
"She’s worked on heavy ground at home and she’s got through that well. Looks like a nice horse through the winter."
Moor said there was more to come from the filly into the future.
"She’s relatively untapped," Moor said.
"You could make a case that she could be unbeaten at this stage.
"She hasn’t had the best of luck or the rub of the green. But she was effective today, she won quite soft. I think there’s improvement in her but just pleased to ride a winner for Andrew Noblet."