Trainer Charlie Appleby says “healthy discussions” will be had over plans for stablemates Coroebus and Native Trail following their one-two in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday.
A stellar field of 15 lined up for the Grade 1 event at racing headquarters and it was Appleby who managed to earn his first 2,000 Guineas victory, in the first Classic of the flat racing season.
Ridden by James Doyle, Coroebus managed to edge out stablemate Native River by three quarters of a length, while the Aidan O’Brien-trained Luxembourg crossed the finish line in third.
Eydon, the Roger Varian-trained star that has David Egan in the saddle, came in fourth while Berkshire Shadow and Lusail – who both went off at big odds – were fifth and sixth respectively.
It was a fantastic moment for Appleby and, when interviewed after the race, he revealed long talks will be had on the next target for both Coroebus and Native Trail.
“I think we’ll potentially try to keep them apart, to be brutally honest – it would be a shame for them to keep butting heads,” he said. “On the evidence of what we’ve seen today they are the two best three-year-old colts around.
“After healthy discussions we might say one could go to Ireland (for the Irish Guineas) and the other one could go straight to the St James’s Palace (at Royal Ascot).”
Appleby will be hoping for 1,000 Guineas success on Sunday with Wild Beauty, who is 12/1 to claim the spoils in a race that Betfred are paying out an extra place in.