Qipco 2000 Guineas
Group 1, Newmarket 15:40
£500,000 guaranteed,
3yo only,
1m, Class 1  
Saturday 30th April 2022


1 Coroebus 5/1
2 Native Trail 5/4F
3 Luxembourg 9/2
15 ran Distances: ¾l, 1½l, 2l
Time: 1m 36.27s (slow by 0.27s)

Charlie Appleby appeared to hold the ace hand in his bid for a first victory in the Rowley Mile Classic, with last season’s champion juvenile Native Trail the 5-4 favourite to keep his unbeaten record intact and Coroebus also prominent in the market at 5-1.

Native Trail proved his well-being with a comprehensive victory in the Craven Stakes two and a half weeks ago weeks ago, while Coroebus was making his first competitive appearance since winning the Autumn Stakes over the course and distance in early October.

With the pair drawn on opposite sides of the track, they raced wide apart for much of the straight-mile contest, with William Buick the first to get vigorous aboard Native Trail nearest the stands side.

James Doyle, on the other hand, was able to wait until the furlong marker to pop Coroebus the question and he found plenty racing out of the dip to prevail by three-quarters of a length.

Having been under a ride from an early stage, Aidan O’Brien’s Derby favourite Luxembourg made eyecatching late gains to finish best of the rest in third.

Appleby said: “I feel like I felt in the lead up to the race all the way, to be honest – both those horses at every step took a step forward.

“Native Trail came here and won the Craven and the same morning Coroebus came for a gallop and William said he felt very exciting, but he couldn’t get off Native Trail with what he’d achieved.

“Coming into today I felt we had two live contenders. The draw didn’t worry me. They were good horses racing over a straight line, just keep it simple.

“Like any good horse he has a lot of natural pace and when they have that aligned with the physique you can’t help but get excited about them.”

He added: “We’ll split them up now. It’s a nice discussion, but the winner I expect will go to the St James’s Palace and Native Trail will go back to the Curragh where he’s already won before, he’ll go for the Irish Guineas.”

Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£500,000 guaranteed, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
15 ran

Going: Good, Good to Firm in places

1 (1)     Coroebus 3 9-0 Charlie Appleby James Doyle 5/1
2 (15)
¾ Native Trail 3 9-0 Charlie Appleby William Buick 5/4F
3 (4)
Luxembourg 3 9-0 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 9/2
4 (10)
2 Eydon 3 9-0 Roger Varian David Egan 33/1
5 (7)
¾ Berkshire Shadow 3 9-0 Andrew Balding Jason Watson 80/1
6 (12)
nk Lusail 3 9-0 Richard Hannon Pat Dobbs 80/1
7 (3)
1 Perfect Power 3 9-0 Richard Fahey Christophe Soumillon 16/1
8 (6)
hd Royal Patronage 3 9-0 Charlie & Mark Johnston Jason Hart 33/1
9 (8)
nk Light Infantry 3 9-0 David Simcock Jamie Spencer 50/1
10 (11)
½ Point Lonsdale 3 9-0 A P O'Brien Frankie Dettori 11/2
11 (2)
The Wizard Of Eye 3 9-0 J S Moore J F Egan 200/1
12 (9) ½ Tacarib Bay 3 9-0 Richard Hannon Sean Levey 125/1
13 (5)
hd Boundless Ocean 3 9-0 J S Bolger Kevin Manning 80/1
14 (13)
nk Checkandchallenge 3 9-0 William Knight Daniel Tudhope 33/1
15 (14)
21 Dubawi Legend 3 9-0 Hugo Palmer Tom Marquand 33/1

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