Derby Fifth The Foxes Set For Drop In Trip – Coral-Eclipse Could Be Next

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Dante winner and Derby fifth The Foxes (Ire) is set for a drop back in trip for his next outing, with the Coral-Eclipse put forward as a possible target, after connections felt the Churchill (Ire) colt failed to see out the trip at Epsom on Saturday. 

Andrew Balding's charge was a good winner of the Royal Lodge in September and was only touched off by Indestructible (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) in the Craven at Newmarket on his first run as a three-year-old.

Owned by King Power Racing, he improved on that display at York, taking the extended 10-furlong Dante in his stride, beating subsequent Derby third White Birch (GB) (Ulysses {Ire}) by a neck.

However, connections are now looking to drop The Foxes back in trip, after he failed to see out the 1m4f in the Derby.

King Power's racing manager Alastair Donald said, “It was 100 per cent the case that he didn't stay the trip. He got a little further back than ideal, but I don't think it made a massive difference.

“He came with a good run to look like he was going to finish a nice third, and then didn't get home in the last furlong and a half. Looking at the sectionals, it clearly shows that.

“We hoped he might stay a bit further, but he is the same as his half-brother Bangkok (Ire) (Australia {GB})–it looks like he will end up being very much a 10-furlong horse.”

Connections are now considering options for The Foxes, who was sent off 7-1 in the 14-strong Derby field.

“We are just weighing things up at the moment. The Eclipse is in the thinking for his next race, but we will certainly look at international options as well,” Donald added.

“But I definitely think he will be campaigned at 10 furlongs and we wouldn't be afraid to drop him back to a mile. In the Craven, he travelled the strongest of any horse over a mile, so we wouldn't be afraid to drop him back.

“We think we still have a very good horse and I think it will prove to be a pretty strong Derby. Sometimes you have a good first three and the rest don't tend to do much in future, but I think quite a lot of good horses will come out of that race over various different distances.”

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