Appleby full of confidence in Native Trail for Dewhurst
Native trail offers to emulate a pair of Godolphin-owned Dewhurst Stakes (G1) stars and cap off his brilliant 2-year-old season by maintaining his unbeaten record in Europe’s first youth race on October 9, with his trainer Charlie Appleby certain that ‘he is the only one to beat.
The son of Dream Oasis got it right in three outings, which started with an impressive four-length game in his debut against later Tattersalls winner Acomb (G3) and Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (G2) Royal Patronage at Sandown in June, before narrowly winning his first start at a group company by scoring the Bet365 Superlative Stakes (G2) on the July course a month later.
He then followed in the footsteps of some of Appleby’s best 2-year-olds when he was sent to Ireland for Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes (G1) at Curragh and duly delivered the most striking youthful performance of the season. , sending from Chesham and Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes (G2) Lonsdale Point brutally by 3 1/2 lengths.
Native Trail takes the next logical step on the ladder as it tries to give Appleby another National-Dewhurst Stakes double after Pinatubo in 2019.
Appleby said: “Native Trail has been flawless thus far and we think he gets mentally better with every run. As a physical specimen we have always thought he was a man among the boys and he was. is mentally sharp again since the National Stakes. All the evidence to date, he seems to be the one to beat. “
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If Native Trail wins, it would be a third Dewhurst success for Godolphin, who also won the 2012 race with Dawn Approach as well as Pinatubo, and would solidify his claims to follow them by becoming the best youngster of the year.
“He will be very competitive”
David Egan is wary of the challenge of his mount Boy by the bay as he aims to overthrow the favorite Native Trail, but the jockey hopes that the winner of the Champagne Stakes (G2) can take the plunge to the highest level in his stride.
Egan, candidate for a second British group 1 after Mishriff ‘s Juddmonte International (G1) in York, teamed up with Roger Varian’s son trained by New bay for the first time in Newbury in August when he was awarded low odds in a rated competition.
However, the duo came out on top next time around by denying the much-loved Queen Reach for the moon in Champagne in Doncaster and Egan is hoping his steed can be bold and give Varian a second Dewhurst victory after Belardo’s success in 2014.
Egan said: “Obviously we have Native Trail to beat, but he deserves the chance. If he has improved since winning at Doncaster as much as he has improved from Newbury before, he will be. very competitive. He’s got a decent draw. in Stall 7 and we should have a good pace to aim for. “
Palmer happy with the pitch for the legend
Dubai legend has a lot to find on the official standings to be competitive with the main contenders, but coach Hugo Palmer is hoping the expected drying conditions will help him.
The son of Dubai is rated at 25 pounds lighter than Native Trail and 15 pounds lighter than Bayside Boy, but his third form in the Acomb Stakes performed at a high level.
The winner, Royal Patronage, followed in the Royal Lodge Stakes and placed fourth Noble Truth clinched a listed race at Doncaster before finishing runner-up in the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère Grand Critérium (G1) at Longchamp last weekend.
Palmer said: “I’m really happy with him. We’ve always loved him and I think he’s a horse for next year. He missed the Champagne Stakes last month but we’ve been happy with him ever since. The drying ground will be to his advantage. “