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Coroebus makes no mistake with impressive G3 Emirates Autumn Stakes win


Coroebus atoned for a narrow last-time-out defeat with a convincing victory in the G3 Emirates Autumn Stakes on day two of Dubai Future Champions Festival at Newmarket, UK, on Saturday, 9 October.

The Charlie Appleby-trained colt was making a second consecutive appearance over the Rowley Mile after going down by a neck in the G2 Royal Lodge Stakes two weeks earlier, when he showed tremendous acceleration before being caught near the line.

Restrained at the rear of the 10 runners by William Buick, Coroebus breezed into the race towards the stands’ side as the pace quickened approaching the final quarter-mile, powering through the field to hit the front in a matter of strides.

Coroebus soon took command and the Dubawi homebred galloped out strongly to beat Imperial Fighter by two lengths.

Charlie Appleby said: “Coroebus is a horse who has always impressed us at home. We all saw in the Royal Lodge that he travelled for fun and William genuinely didn’t expect that acceleration. I wasn’t disappointed that day because it is all about G1s and trying to make Classic horses – it doesn’t worry me at all if we get beat on the way.

“Coroebus was a big, raw baby when he came here for the Royal Lodge but he was a more finished article today. We will put him away for the winter and look forward to the spring. We will see how they all winter and it doesn’t worry me if we don’t have a trial for the Guineas, but I would imagine that we will give him a trial just to give him that edge.”

William Buick added: “Coroebus is a strong traveller and we got nabbed on the line last time. I thought he was a different kind of horse and he caught me out but I wasn’t going to make the same mistake today. It was very impressive – he travelled well and put the race to bed in a matter of strides.

“He lacked experience in the Royal Lodge and I am sure that we got racing too early. Because he picks up so quickly in a very short space of time, he can really turn it on. Horses like that can’t sustain that run for very long but you can sit on them until the last furlong and a half. He cruised down the dip today and, when I pressed the button, it was all over.

“He’s a very exciting horse who has proven that he can handle Newmarket. He’s got a lovely bit of scope about him and I am sure that he is going to be even better next year with a winter on his back.”