Endless Drama wins thrilling Foxbridge Plate18 Aug 2019

A copybook ride from jockey Leith Innes saw Irish-bred entire Endless Drama emerge victorious in the $100,000 Group 2 U S Navy Flag Foxbridge Plate (1200m) on Saturday.

A game competitor who seldom lets his connections down as evidenced by his healthy stats of five wins and eight placings from 25 starts, the Lope de Vega eight-year-old has, however, always found one or two better in feature events across the Tasman when trained by Chris Waller.
Sent over to run in the Group 1 Haunui Farm Classic, he stayed over these shores under the care of Tony Pike and went onto win the Group 2 Easter Handicap before returning to Australia to run third in the Group 3 Stradbroke Handicap two months ago.
“He came back from Brisbane in great order and trialled superbly here at Te Rapa a couple of weeks ago,” Pike said.
Given a sweet ride by Innes from the start, the pair settled midfield until the swinging for home as the two Team Rogerson-trained runners Malambo and Comeback looked to battle it out, Endless Drama launched his attack, striding past the leaders and record a brilliant three-quarter of a length victory. Favourite Te Akau Shark (O. Bosson) finished strongly from the rear for second with Comeback (C.Lammas) battling on for third, a short neck back.
“He’s a great old horse. It’s great to win a race like this and hopefully a Group One next time,” Innes said.
“He’s happy, fit and enjoying it at the moment.”
“I think he should go close in the Tarzino,” Innes added.

Endless Drama’s winning time was 1:13.44 (last 600m in 36.58) on a Slow9 track.

“He’s become a real stable pet this horse,” Pike said.
“It was a perfect ride from Leith. The biggest thing is just waiting as he has only got a short, sharp sprint but he waited and waited and got it right today."
"Fantastic result for Qatar Bloodstock (owners) as they are big investors in the industry and rapt to have the horse in the stable and thanks to Chris Waller for leaving the horse with me.”
Pike was delighted with the result as he prepares his charge for a tilt at the Group 1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings in a fortnight.
“He settles beautifully in his races although he got a bit further back than we thought but was always travelling comfortably. 1200m is probably a touch short but he was electric late and now we’re looking forward to going to Hawkes Bay over 1400m.”
He should run well at Hawkes Bay too, hopefully we won’t run into Te Akau Shark as his run was superb and we don’t have to have another crack at him.”
Te Akau Shark will now head to Sydney for the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400) at Royal Randwick on September 7 with his main mission being the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at the same venue on October 5, while Melody Belle looks likely to clash with Endless Drama again in the Tarzino Trophy on August 31.
Endless Drama fifth win from 26 starts takes his earnings to $794,000 for owner Qatar Bloodstock.