The son of Churchill, The Foxes, is aiming to take a path to the Derby, starting with a potential appearance in the Craven Stakes. The colt won his first race in a Goodwood maiden in July of last year and went on to win the Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket in September, showing promising progression.
The Craven Stakes, a Group Three race over a mile at the same track in mid-April, is being considered as the starting point for The Foxes this season. Trainer Andrew Balding has mentioned that the Dante, a Group Two step up to 10 furlongs, is the next target, followed by a potential run in the Derby for the three-year-old owned by King Power.
Balding said: “We are hoping that The Foxes might make up into a Derby horse this season. He is not in the 2000 Guineas but he will probably run in the Craven as a prep for the Dante. He is a horse that we have always rated and he looks the part. Hopefully he will be a smart horse this season.”