Native Trail runs the Dewhurst Field
Native Trail will face seven rivals when it puts its undefeated record on the line in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes in Newmarket on Saturday.
Since making an impressive start to his career at Sandown in June, Charlie Appleby’s colt has clinched a narrow Superlative Stakes victory at the July Newmarket course and won an emphatic National Stakes winner at Curragh.
The Oasis Dream colt is a favorite to follow in the hoofprints of former Appleby-trained star Pinatubo, who won the National Stakes two years ago before following the Rowley Mile.
One of the biggest threats to Native Trail appears to be Roger Varian’s Bayside Boy, who lines up after a victory in the Champagne Stakes in Doncaster.
Irish hopes are carried by Straight Answer, coached by Ger Lyons, who was completed earlier in the week, and by first-time winner Glounthaune, who gave Aidan O’Brien an eighth success at Dewhurst.
Hugo Palmer has made no secret of his esteem for Dubawi Legend, while Dave Loughnane’s Go Bears Go tries to get a third chance at Group 1 after getting close to the Phoenix Stakes and Middle Park in his last matches. appearances.
Royal Ascot winner Berkshire Shadow (Andrew Balding) and Dhabab (John and Thady Gosden) complete the lineup.
Outpost favorite MC Muldoon is one of six riders for Willie Mullins in the international Cesarewitch of Together For Racing.
The Closutton manager has saddled the last three winners of the prestigious remaining handicap and seems determined to add to his tally – with MC Muldoon joined by defending champion Great White Shark, Micro Manage, Whiskey Sour, Burning Victory and Foveros.
Mullins, accustomed to making history, aims to become the first coach to win a fourth Cesarewitch since Matthew Dawson tied William Day’s race record with Stone Clink in 1886.
He said, “Any of these long-distance handicaps is still a target. The prize money has also increased significantly in the race, and chasing big prize money is always another of our goals.
“With the two combined together, it becomes an obvious race to do – and since we buy a lot of old Flat horses to go jumping, it’s easy for them to get back into a race like this.
“The Cesarewitch is something that we can consider for a number of our horses, so we keep it in mind – and as the season progresses we refine our focus on the good ones a bit more.
“It is a privilege to have horses good enough to participate in these races and it would be an honor to equal the record. We will try our luck with the team we bring. “
Among his riders, Mullins added, “MC Muldoon is in good shape, and I think the track and the trip will suit him. His last run over hurdles in Galway was good preparation for this.
“The racing conditions were suitable for Burning Victory in France, and she will likely return to France after that and then continue her hurdling career through the winter.
“Jason Watson gave Great White Shark a good lap in the race last year. It’s going to be very difficult for her to come back and be very competitive in a handicap like this after some free time. She loves the track and will take care of everything, so she gives it a try.
“It looks like Whiskey Sour has been around forever, but he’s still only eight years old and in good shape. The travel and the terrain won’t be a problem for him so hopefully he will have his usual good race.
“Foveros is an authorized gelding which gained soft ground at Longchamp before coming to us. He had a great race in Galway. This run places him well here with an 8th 3lb chance.
“Micro Manage would certainly have the capacity, and I think the trip should remain. He might want to settle down a bit better, and he needs to learn a bit more about running.