My first Eureka moment of the new season!

When this horse made debut over the mile at Newmarket in August, beating the Queen’s SAGA easily, I immediately wrote in my notebook, “the 2022 2000Gns winner”.

He then went off joint favourite to win the Royal Lodge, back at Newmarket, on September 25th and travelling superbly well, took it up three furlongs out, flew away from his field going at least six lengths up and looking a monster. Something weird then happened and he edged right, virtually stopped and was collared close home by the horse that finished eighth yesterday, ROYAL PATRONAGE.

I could not believe he had been beaten and still scratch my head wondering how that happened.

Less than two weeks later they sent him back to Newmarket for the Group 3 Autumn Stakes and he blew them away.

All three runs at been at “headquarters”, all three times Buick had ridden him. he rode him work at the course on the same day NATIVE TRAIL won on seasonal debut.

He got off COROEBUS that day and said to Appleby, “if we didn’t have NATIVE TRAIL, I could not be more excited about this horse”.

Buick stayed loyal to NATIVE TRAIL, on whom he had won five consecutive races and was going there yesterday, unbeaten.

I was staying as loyal to COROEBUS as Buick was to his horse and in the Thursday Podcast said what I mentioned in the second paragraph above, and was confident in putting him up to beat his stable companion.

The job was done, as they say, as COROEBUS showed a brilliant turn of foot to lead over a furlong out, before easily holding the challenge of Buick and NATIVE TRAIL.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t give the air a bit of a punch as he went past the post first and I cannot wait to see him taking in all the Group 1’s over the mile, for the rest of the season.

I’ll still always have the Royal Lodge in the back of my mind when he races though and if he has a quirk, it might find him out again from time to time but for now, he’s done what I hoped he would.

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