The Guineas Meeting
Two Thousand Guineas day dawned bright and sunny – in fact a perfect English spring day. Native Trail started as the hot favourite for the classic trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin with his other runner Coroebus as second favourite for the team. Aidan O’Brien had a couple in the line-up for the straight mile race; Luxembourg and Point Lonsdale. Neither of the O’Brien runners had seen a race course this year but as two year olds were well thought of. In fact Native Trail was the only really fancied runner to have had an outing this term by comfortably winning the Craven Stakes at the same course a couple of weeks earlier.
The renewal of the Two Thousand Guineas was thought by all the professional pundits to be a strong race. There were several of the 15 runners in the race who shone quite brightly as two year olds. Only eight of the runners had a prep race this year before this and frankly most of those were always going to be outsiders. This left most of the serious contenders without a run this year.