WHAT A WEEK it’s been for Godolphin! A double Guineas success, one each at venues half a world apart… terrific! Hours after James Cummingsschooled Character picked himself up from defeat in the Australian Derby to win the Queensland Guineas at Eagle Farm, Coroebus, another Godolphin homebred, delivered a massive knockout punch in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.
Was it a day of mixed emotion for trainer Charlie Appleby, who saw Coroebus storm past stable companion and teammate Native Trail and hand him his first defeat on his seventh start? Definitely not! With Native Trail finishing second, the Newmarket-based conditioner was thrilled with the selection conundrum he now faces as he tries to split the two during their vital 3yo campaigns.
The real newsmaker at the Guineas meeting, however, was James Doyle; Doyle was yet to win a British Classic before he rode Coroebus to victory in the 2000 Guineas, but at the end of the three day meeting, the English rider had doubled his tally, having sensationally clinched the 1000 Guineas that followed a day later with the George Bougheyschooled Cachet.
Going further West and across the Atlantic, the focus turns to Churchill Downs at Louisville in Kentucky where the pick of some mainly American-bred 3yos will line up for the 148th renewal of ‘The Greatest Two Minutes in Sport’, the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby on 7 May. We will be following the Derby keenly from our base in Dubai as our very own UAE Champion Trainer Bhupat Seemar saddles UAE Derby runner-up Summer Is Tomorrow in the race.
Seemar has had a brilliant year in his rookie season as trainer, and we hope that luck has followed him to America. The same goes for Shahama, who was trained by Fawzi Nass to win the UAE Oaks, and will now represent the yard of Todd Pletcher when running in the Kentucky Oaks.