The Foxes to Drop Back in Trip Following Betfred Derby
After an impressive win at the extended 10-furlong Dante, The Foxes failed to impress in the recent Betfred Derby. Connections believe that he did not see out the distance and will be dropping back in trip for his next outing. This move might include a run at Coral-Eclipse.
Owned by King Power Racing, The Foxes is trained by Andrew Balding and showed great promise when he won the Royal Lodge last September. His first run as a three-year-old saw him miss out on victory by Indestructible in the Craven at Newmarket.
In his most recent race, things didn’t go according to plan after Oisin Murphy’s mount stumbled at the start before recovering midway through the race. Despite making it briefly to third place over a furlong out, The Foxes tired and finished fifth behind Auguste Rodin.
Racing manager Alastair Donald confirmed that “it was 100 per cent the case that he didn’t stay the trip.” However, despite this setback, connections still consider him a good horse with plenty of potential ahead of him.
Possible Options for The Foxes
While they are yet to decide on his next race officially, connections are already weighing their options regarding what comes next for The Foxes. One possibility under consideration is running at international events outside England.
“We think we still have a very good horse,” says Donald confidently about their prospects going forward while adding: “Sometimes you have a good first three and then nothing much happens afterward.”
Campaigning Plans Going Forward
If there is one thing clear from this experience with The Foxes so far – it’s that campaign plans must be carefully thought out. The connections are considering a 10-furlong race as the best course of action in future.
However, they also wouldn’t shy away from dropping him back to a mile if necessary. “In the Craven,” explains Donald, “he traveled the strongest of any horse over a mile, so we wouldn’t be afraid to drop him back.”
The Betfred Derby may not have gone according to plan for The Foxes and his connections but with plenty of options available for their next move forward – it’s clear that this talented colt still has plenty more races left in him.