Cox retains Balthazaar's faith

Clive Cox still has faith in Balthazaar’s Gift ahead of the Eddie Stobart Park Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday.

The seven-year-old entire has just come up short in top-class races this season but Cox thinks when conditions are in his favour he is still a force to be reckoned with.

“We are hoping to send up Balthazaar’s Gift for the Eddie Stobart Park Stakes,” said Cox.

“He missed the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury after the ground came up too easy at Newbury, but the weather forecast looks promising for Doncaster.

“He didn’t get the best of luck in running in this year’s Betfair Cup (when finishing fifth) but that’s the rub of the green.

“He is still a high-class performer and, given his best conditions, we are very much looking forward to seeing how he gets on.”

Cox will also run the consistent Polly’s Mark in the DFS Park Hill Stakes on Thursday, who found the soft ground against her on a recent trip to France.

“Polly’s Mark will be going for the DFS Park Hill Stakes. The ground was very, very soft on her latest start at Deauville and it turned into a bit of a sprint, which didn’t suit her,” added Cox.

“Her second in the Lancashire Oaks would very much put her on the premises and she goes to Doncaster in very good nick.”

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