Appleby believes Coroebus could be a better bet than Native Trail for 2,000 Guineas glory

Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby believes Coroebus could be a better bet than unbeaten stablemate Native Trail for 2,000 Guineas glory

  • Unbeaten Native Trail is 3-1 favourite for the 2,000 Guineas next year
  • Coroebus also impressed at Newmarket by winning the Autumn Stakes
  • Appleby also successful in the Zetland Stakes with James Doyle ridden Goldspur 











Charlie Appleby landed the Dewhurst Stakes with Native Trail at Newmarket but the Godolphin trainer reckons Coroebus, who won the Autumn Stakes 35 minutes earlier, might be an even better bet for next year’s 2,000 Guineas.

Unbeaten Native Trail is 3-1 favourite for the 2021 2,000 Guineas after a strong finish under William Buick saw him beat Dubawi Legend by an authoritative two lengths.

Coroebus, who smoothly beat Imperial Fighter two lengths with Buick once again on board, is 5-1 second favourite for the next year’s Guineas.

Charlie Appleby landed the Dewhurst Stakes with Native Trail at Newmarket

Appleby said: ‘We have seen two nice colts. You cannot fault what Native Trail has done and William and I probably differ but I do like Coroebus.

‘As three-year-olds, when the pace of the race is getting quicker in these Classics, the one thing you have to do is travel and that is what Coroebus does.

‘He has so much speed that no matter how fast they went they would never take him off the bridle before the two pole.

‘He’s electric and has been since May when he was one of our fastest two-year-olds.’

Appleby was also successful in the Zetland Stakes with James Doyle ridden Goldspur, who is a 16-1 shot for next year’s Derby.

Having started the day just over £9,000 behind Andrew Balding in the Flat Trainers’ championship, Appleby ended it over £300,000 in front.

Coroebus also impressed at Newmarket by winning the Autumn Stakes on Saturday

Coroebus also impressed at Newmarket by winning the Autumn Stakes on Saturday 

The title race does not end next Saturday with Champions Day at Ascot but it could well be decided there and Appleby, who is chasing his first trainers’ crown, has not ruled out running his Derby winner and Arc fourth Adayar in the Champion Stakes.

Buick left Newmarket with three wins having also won the race on Charlie Hills-trained Point Lynas.

But crucially his mount Burning Victory lost out by a length and a half to Oisin Murphy-ridden Buzz in the Cesarewitch Handicap.

Murphy leads Buick by seven wins in the Flat Jockeys championship which does end on Saturday.

The Cesarewich win was Murphy’s first since he was stood down from riding on Friday after failing a pre-race breathalyser test for the second time in his career.

Murphy said: ‘I am very sorry. I have many faults and have to do work on it and do better.’

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