The Native Trail could cement a Classic season that has so far been unlikely to go better for Charlie Appleby with victory at the Tattersalls-sponsored Ireland 2,000 Guineas in Curragh on Saturday.
The Oasis Dream colt was a favorite to offer driver Moulton Paddocks with its first win at the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May, but was overtaken by rival Coroebus.
Last weekend, Appleby added the French equivalent of its CV, with Breeders’ Cup Modern Games hero dominating the Poule d’Essai des Poulains at ParisLongchamp.
Only beaten by Coroebus 3/4 length on Rowley Mile three weeks ago, Native Trail will be hard pressed to claim Classic glory at its second attempt under William Buick, and Appleby couldn’t be happier with his status. .
“Everybody was so excited, the horse looks great. It had its last little work (on Wednesday morning), William (Buick) sat on it and it looks great,” he said on the website. Godolphin.
“We’re delighted with how he came out of the 2000 Guineas and how his prep has gone. Obviously, repeating his Newmarket run will make him the man he is. defeat.
“Great performances we’ve seen in British and French Guineas now, so there’s a lot of excitement going into the weekend.
“If we can also get past the Irish Guineas, that would be a great achievement for the whole team here at Moulton Paddocks and for Godolphin.”
The biggest threat to the Native Trail seems to be Buckaroo trained by Joseph O’Brien.
Fastnet Rock’s son was encountered by Derby’s Piz Badile at the Battle of Ballysax at Leopardstown before making a successful return one mile in the Tetrarch Stakes over this course and distance.
O’Brien said: “Last time Buckaroo played very well at the Tetrarch Stakes with the same course and distance as Guineas at the Curragh.
“He came out of that race well and we are looking forward to the weekend.”
Jim Bolger, who won 2,000 Guineas in Ireland last year with Mac Swiney, is represented by Wexford Native, who finished second in the last Buckaroo.
Aidan O’Brien won his first Classic Irish championship of the year on a record 11 times and relied on the additional Ivy League, runner-up in the Group of Three last time, to get ahead of the dozen.
“We had a lot of fun when he was in Leopardstown last time, stepping up to Group Three by winning handicap 84,” racehorse Ryan Moore told Betfair.
“The winner gets the race record from the front but I’m very encouraged by the way my horse finished his race. He’s going even further, and he’s still in the race. Derby, but I think you’ll see him have another big win coming here.
“Of course, that might not be enough to get close to the Native Trail, or even Buckaroo, but let’s see.”
Native Trail is one of two British-trained contenders alongside Andrew Balding’s Warrior Royal, who was last seen finishing third in the Burradon Stocks listed in Newcastle.
Atomic Jones (Ger Lyons), Duke De Sessa (Dermot Weld), Malex (Michael O’Callaghan) and New Energy (Sheila Lavery) complete the pitch.