Andrew Balding: Fox Tal has a massive chance in the Wolferton
The Betway ambassador previews his best chances for on day three of the Royal Meeting at Ascot.
Bronze River is a first reserve in the opening race (13:15), and we’ve managed to book Hayley Turner for the ride.
He was a bit keen going to post on his comeback run at Newmarket which wouldn’t have helped him on the day, but it does seem to have taken the freshness out of him. If he were to get a run, he could go well at a price.
Fox Tal has an obvious favourite’s chance in the Wolferton Stakes (13:50) but, make no mistake, this is a tough-looking race. He’s got a massive chance based on his fourth in the Champions Stakes at Ascot on his last run. He’s been pleasing us at home so it’s down to him now.
As long as it doesn’t get too soft, Symbolize should perform with great credit in the Jersey Stakes (14:25).
He’s been going well at home. We’ve got plenty of work into him and he is where we want him to be, fitness-wise. He’s got decent form and was arguably unlucky in the Windsor Castle at the Royal meeting last year. He’s got a great chance of finishing in the frame.
Bright Devil was a game winner on his debut at Newmarket, just less than two weeks ago. The Chesham Stakes (15:00) has cut up and we don’t really know what we’re up against, but we’re pleased with him. The extra furlong should suit, and we wouldn’t be worried to make the running again if no one wanted to go on in the early part of the race.
Grove Ferry runs in the Britannia Stakes (16:10) and I’ve been quietly happy with him. He did well to stay on into third on his first start this season in what was clearly a trial for this race and, if he runs to a similar level, he’ll have an each-way squeak.
All You Wish could run also in this if the ground is quick. He’s a decent horse who won at Kempton on his second start following a disappointing first run. He ran OK on his comeback at Yarmouth, but I would be worried if there was any soft in the going description.
Kalsara goes in the Sandringham (16:40) and this race has been the plan for a while.
Normally, we wouldn’t be coming here without a prep run, but circumstances have made it play out that way. You’d be confident she’d run a big race in a normal handicap off her mark of 80, but this is very competitive, and she might just find it a little tough.
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