Hugo Palmer is confident that the Legend of Dubawi can give Native Trail his run for the money in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday.
Last season’s Juvenile Champion and the overall winner of the Craven Stakes on both road and distance earlier this month, Native Trail is competing with a number of bookies to give coach Charlie Appleby his first win. first in the Rowley Mile Classic.
However, Dubawi Legend is just two miles behind the Native Trail when it finished second in Dewhurst last season, and his coach – who won the 2000 Guineas six years ago with Galileo Gold – believes his latest challenger He has what it takes to make his presence felt.
“His diversion and his change of gear were exciting for him,” Palmer said.
“With a rating of 115, he’s the second-most-rated two-year-old in Europe. Galileo Gold is at the same stage as rated 110, so he’s the best two-year-old I’ve coached. training. .
“He only has to improve 10% and we’re right at the base.”
Native Trail and Dubawi Legend were among 19 dark horses standing firm at Monday’s confirmation stage, with Appleby also saddled with Coroebus.
With James Doyle pledging to ride him for Godolphin, Palmer booked Tom Marquand to ride him, who had boarded for a galloping racetrack in Newmarket earlier this month.
While respecting the threat posed by the Native Trail, Palmer was unafraid to take on him.
He said: “Native Trail has beaten a lot of first-time winners and 50-1 winning horses for the Guineas in Craven. At the same time, I don’t think William Buick has to hit him more than once and he hit it. beat them three and a half long and you don’t know what’s there.
“I think it’s going to be a pretty big field on Saturday. There are 19 seats left and you’re not free, so you have to stay thinking you’re going to run.
“I couldn’t help thinking that a larger field would get in the way of the Native Trail because there would be some who wouldn’t stay stopping in front of him. Of course there would be some who wouldn’t stop stopping in front of us. “
Having only recently moved from Newmarket to Cheshire to replace Tom Dascombe at the helm at Michael Owen’s Manor Barn, Palmer admits it will be a big boost to the new partnership if they can win the honor. Classic optics this weekend.
He added: “It would be a dream scenario wherever I train. Even for someone who has won this many races like Aidan O’Brien, you can only look at the fun. It’s great when they win a big race.”
“Whoever you are and wherever you are, it’s incredibly special to win these big races, but obviously every race we’ve won this year is incredibly important and every race we’ve won is very important. The good races we win are doubly important.”
Native Trail and Coroebus were the two market leaders in feature Saturday ahead of O’Brien-trained Luxembourg.
Camelot’s undefeated son is one of three potential representatives of Ballydoyle along with Glounthaune and Point Lonsdale.
Other contenders include Richard Fahey’s Perfect Strength, who won two Group Ones last season and made a successful comeback against the Greenham Stakes at Newbury recently.