High Expectations For Classy Churchill Colt
Andrew Balding revealed his high hopes for The Foxes (2c Churchill - Tanaghum, by Darshaan) after winning the seven furlong maiden on the final day of Glorious Goodwood.
The bay raced in touch with the leaders and was pushed along to make headway approaching the final furlong. Ridden to lead inside the final furlong, the son of Churchill kept on strongly under David Probert to deny the favourite by a neck on the line.
“I've always thought a lot of him,” Balding said after the race. “In terms of ability, he's up there with Bangkok (Australia), but is more relaxed, forward and switched on. I think we'll go for a Stakes race next.”
Balding won last year’s running with Imperial Fighter, who went on to finish third in this year’s 2,000 Guineas, while other previous winners of the race include subsequent Group winners Duke Of Hazzard, Dee Ex Bee, Folkswood and Dutch Connection.
Owned by King Power Racing, The Foxes was bought by Sackville Donald as a yearling for 440,000gns. Bred and sold by Barronstown Stud, he is closely related to the aforementioned Bangkok (Australia), himself a multiple Stakes winner for the same connections, while full-sister Perotan (Churchill) remains unbeaten after her debut win and similarly impressive Stakes success.