Guineas winner Coroebus sets a high standard to aim for in Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The Dubawi colt provided trainer Charlie Appleby with his first victory in the Colt Classic when he beat his fancier stablemate Native Trail in a thrilling race.
Defeated only once in three races as a juvenile, Coroebus still has plenty of untapped potential and Appleby thinks racing around a corner for the first time may suit his push-button style even better than the mile. Newmarket Law.
“There’s no getting away from him, he’s the horse everyone is thrilled to see on day one,” Appleby told Godolphin.
“I personally think that (making a turn) should suit him. He’s a great racer and if anything the straight mile at Newmarket, from a jockey’s perspective, they had to count to five before to allow him to move.
“Making a turn there might get him back a bit more behind the bridle and so the jockey can do more of a run on him more than the straight mile.
“We are happy with his draw in stall two and he heads to Ascot in good form.”
William Haggas leads two progressing three-year-olds – the unbeaten Maljoom, who won the German 2000 Guineas last time out, and My Prospero, who got the better of the much-loved Reach For The Moon at Sandown.
It could be a special day for Haggas, who also features high-potential favorite Baaeed in the Queen Anne, with both races part of the Qipco British Champions Series.
“It’s two three-year-olds coming up and it’s a very prestigious race, so they deserve a chance,” Haggas said.
“They have a lot to find to beat Coroebus, but they are going in the right direction.
“They are different. Maljoom would be the fastest of the pair, but My Prospero will still be fine.”
John Gosden moves Mighty Ulysses up the class significantly after finishing second in a handicap at Haydock under heavy weight.
“It looks like a smart race and he has to face the Guineas winner, but he’s ranked 110 now and when they get to that ranking you don’t have too many options,” Gosden said.
“He got that mark thanks to his second in a good handicap at Haydock, where I think he made his move too soon.”
Arguably the runner in the race with the best two-year-old form is Ralph Beckett’s Angel Bleu.
He won the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and two Group Ones in France at the end of the season, the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère and the Critérium International.
Third in the Greenham Stakes at Perfect Power over seven furlongs on his return, he would appreciate going back a mile but would prefer softer ground.
“He worked well on Thursday and he’s ready to go, but if he can beat this lot on fast ground, I don’t know,” Beckett said.
“I didn’t like it when we were watching the Irish 2,000 Guineas, but he’s fit again now.”