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2,000 Guineas: Coroebus beats the most popular Native Trail with a one-two for Charlie Appleby

Coroebus won the 2,000 Guineas, the first Classic of the Flat season. It was a one-two for Godolphin and trainer Charlie Appleby. Full Newmarket race results here

James Doyle after crossing the finish line first with Coroebus
James Doyle after crossing the finish line first with Coroebus

Coroebus ended stablemate Native Trail’s unbeaten run with a convincing performance at the Qipco 2000 Guineas.

The 5:1 shot showed the better foot rotation in the closing stages to defeat the 5:4 favorite. It was a double for trainer Charlie Appleby and owner Godolphin in the Mile showpiece, worth £283,550 to the winner.

Appleby said: “It was always difficult for William to get off the Native Trail to get onto Coroebus but James (Doyle) is an integral part of the team, it’s fantastic for him to have his first English Classic winner.

“I don’t think William will have any excuses, I think he was beaten by a better horse. I can see James was out for fun.”

Buick was the first of the jockeys to choose the leader as the horses raced on opposite sides of the field with 15 runners. Coroebus showed a good change of pace mid-race to pick it up and stayed strong off the dip to set a three-quarter length score.

Aidan O’Brien’s Luxemburger (9-2), finding the early pace a bit too hot, continued with enthusiasm and finished third. The upbeat performance prompted bookmaker Betfred to lower its price to 5-2 for the Cazoo Derby on June 4. Coroebus, last seen across course and distance at the Autumn Stakes in October, gave Godolphin a fourth 2,000 guinea triumph.

Doyle described his mount’s gear change as “amazing” as he returned victorious on the colt.

“My only concern was that I was going to be left without cover but after half a furlong I was pretty happy. He warmed up so easily for the race,” he said.

Buick warmed up for the Classic aboard Charlie Hills-trained Khaadem (7-1) in the Group 3 Betfair Palace House Stakes. The six-year-old bravely prevailed in the final furlong to neck down a challenge from Existent (25-1).







Coroebus ridden by jockey James Doyle (left, white cap) en route to winning the Qipco 2000 Guineas of Native Trail (all blue silks)
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Buick said: “He has amazing pace in the middle of the race and especially here you can pull him in the dip and come out the other end. He is a very talented horse.”

Alex Cole, Racing Manager for owners Jim and Fitri Hay added: “We came back here on a salvage mission so we’re over the moon because these races are tough to win.”

Appleby’s only starter in Sunday’s filly classic, the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, is Wild Beauty. The Frankel filly is priced at 16-1 and faces 13 rivals including Tenebrism, undefeated in two starts and Jessica Harrington-trained Discoveries.

Two horses arrive from France to win the huge prize, Malavath and Zellie.

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