As it transpired, the draw counted against SEA FOX (best price 10-11)big style when he was sent off a short-priced favourite at Salisbury last time out, so he has to be worth another chance to put matters right at the third time of asking. As is often the case at the Wiltshire track, the stands side proved the place to be on soft ground but with David Evans’ inmate beginning the race over on the far side rail, he found himself between a rock and hard place at halfway. Knowing that he was going to end up in the wrong place as the two groups converged at the three-furlong pole, Fran Berry had no choice but to come across at that point to give himself some sort of chance of winning. Unfortunately, it was a classic case of the operation being a success but the patient dying as the exertions of his efforts took its toll on the son of Kodiac close home. However, in beating the two that raced with him on the far side by quite a distance, it at least puts into perspective the performance levels he achieved in trying to pull off the impossible and now much better housed today next to the stands fence in box nine, the imposing two-year-old has golden opportunity to gain his just deserts.
Since fitted with a hood, the all-weather from figures of DOLPHIN VILLAGE (NAP) (best price 10-3) read 114 and now running in a race way below the standard of the one he contested here last time, Jane Chapple-Hyam’s inmate rates a tremendous each-way bet at the early prices. 2-2 on the Polytrack Lingfield, the son of Cape Cross was quietly-fancied to transfer that form to Surrey’s neighbouring venue on his most recent outing and while he failed to finish in the frame, the figures indicate he ran to a career-high mark in fourth. Indeed, the overall and sectional times of that London Middle Distance Series Qualifier suggest it was one of the best staying contests run at the track for some time and considering the six-year-old was a shade unlucky after getting tightened up for room a furlong out, the performance deserves to be upgraded.