5.35 Ascot – Fox Tales (e/w) – WON 13/2 (Adv 10/1)

Lightly raced and still completely unexposed, he could well be a good deal better than his initial handicap mark of 93. A winner of his maiden at Newbury, where he and the 2nd pulled 8 lengths clear of the field, connections clearly hold him in high regard, as he was then pitched into the Dee Stakes at Chester. Only 5th that day, but the winner looked useful and ran in the French Derby next time, the runner up then ran 4th in the St James Palace Stakes, and the 3rd won a Group 3 next time. Fox Tales didn’t seem to handle the tight turns of Chester that day, and only really got going in the home straight, where if anything he made ground on those in front of him. Closely related to Fox Champion who ran 2nd at this meeting in a Group race 2 years ago, Fox Tales is fancied to put in a bold showing here.

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