Racehorse named after Australian Olympic canoe and kayak medalist Jess Fox, Foxy Gold racehorse
Australian Olympic champion Jess Fox has had a truly remarkable year.
She won gold in women’s canoe at the Tokyo Olympics, as well as bronze in women’s kayak, making her the only athlete to finish on the podium in canoe and kayak at the last Games.
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The 27-year-old backed up this effort with an impressive performance at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Bratislava last month.
After missing the finals in the women’s canoe and kayak events, Fox took top honors in the women’s extreme slalom, which will be billed as an Olympic event in 2024.
It’s clear Fox’s impressive year has impressed owners of a two-year-old Bay Filly ready to start his racing career at the Moonee Valley Racing Club next weekend.
The horse was named “Foxy Gold” in tribute to Fox’s gold medal heroism at the Tokyo Games.
âIt’s not hard to guess which Olympic gold medalist she was named from. Hopefully she’s that brilliant next weekend, âtweeted Leneva Park, the pre-workout and breeding organization that raised Foxy Gold.
Our filly Shalaa with @GriffithsdeKock was finally named.
Not hard to guess which Olympic gold medalist she was named from. Hope she’s that bright next weekend @The valley.
– Leneva Park (@LenevaP) October 15, 2021
Trained by Robbie Griffiths and Mathew de Kock, who oversaw the development of Don’ttelltheboss, King Magnus and Hasseltoff among others, Foxy Gold is the offspring of Irish stallion Shalaa, who tasted victory at the Morny and Richmond Stakes Awards in 2015.
Griffiths and de Kock joined forces to form Griffiths of Kock Racing last year and are based in Cranbourne.