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Plan comes to fruition as Native Trail completes full set of Guineas


Native Trail completed an unprecedented clean sweep of the English, French and Irish 2,000 Guineas for Godolphin as he recorded a third G1 victory of his own at the Curragh on Saturday.

In comfortably taking the Irish 2,000 Guineas, last season’s Champion two-year-old emulated Coroebus and Modern Games, who had won the equivalent Classics at Newmarket and Longchamp.

Charlie Appleby becomes only the second trainer to achieve the treble and the first to do so with three separate colts. The challenge now will be whether to continue to plot different courses with the trio or let them face each other on the racecourse.

Coroebus has already narrowly beaten Native Trail in the 2,000 Guineas and the two could potentially clash again at Royal Ascot in the St James’s Palace Stakes.

More immediately, Modern Games looks on course for a return to France for the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly on Sunday, 5 June.

Nahanni and Walk Of Stars continued their preparation for this year’s Derby with a racecourse gallop around Epsom Downs on Monday. The duo could yet be joined in the Classic by Nations Pride, with running plans set to be finalised over the coming week.

Manobo also enjoyed a spin round Epsom Downs ahead of his European return. The G2 Prix Chaudenay scorer will take his chance in the Coronation Cup, with last season’s Derby hero Adayar instead likely to head to Royal Ascot for the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

In France, Sundoro, a half-sister to 2019 Champion two-year-old Pinatubo, gained some valuable Black Type as she decisively won a Listed race at Lion d’Angers.

Caramel Swirl ended her 2021 campaign with victory in the G2 Raven Run Stakes and the four-year-old booked her return to Graded company with an impressive allowance race win at Belmont Park on Friday.