Native Path is about to face 14 rivals when he places his unbeaten file on the road within the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday.
The Oasis Dream colt was topped final season’s champion juvenile after successful every of his 4 begins, together with Group One triumphs within the Nationwide Stakes on the Curragh and the Dewhurst at Newmarket.
He picked up the place he left off with a comeback victory within the Craven Stakes two and a half weeks in the past and shall be a heat order to offer coach Charlie Appleby with a primary Guineas success from stall 15.
The Moulton Paddocks handler has a serious second string to his bow within the type of Coroebus who, like Native Path, has already gained over the Rowley Mile – in final season’s Autumn Stakes – and is drawn furthest away from his stablemate in stall one.
Aidan O’Brien, who has already gained the primary Traditional of the season on a file 10 events, additionally fires a twin assault, with Luxembourg and Level Lonsdale each declared.
Beresford Stakes and Vertem Futurity Trophy winner Luxembourg seems the Ballydoyle handler’s first string forward of Level Lonsdale, who gained his first 4 begins earlier than discovering Native Path too robust on the Curragh.
The Richard Fahey-trained Good Energy rounded off his juvenile marketing campaign with back-to-back wins on the prime stage over six furlongs and efficiently stepped as much as seven within the Greenham at Newbury. Two weeks later, the son of Ardad exams the water over a mile for the primary time.
Hugo Palmer has by no means made any secret of the regard by which he holds Dubawi Legend, who was second to Native Path within the Dewhurst in October and renews rivalry.
Eydon made an enormous impression within the Feilden Stakes on the Craven assembly and is swiftly stepped up at school by Roger Varian, whereas William Knight’s Checkandchallenge makes his aggressive debut on turf following successive wins on the all-weather.
Andrew Balding is represented by final season’s Coventry Stakes winner Berkshire Shadow and Richard Hannon saddles each twin Group Two scorer Lusail and Free Handicap runner-up Tacarib Bay.
Current Leopardstown maiden winner Boundless Ocean (Jim Bolger), two-time victor Gentle Infantry (David Simcock), Royal Patronage (Mark and Charlie Johnson) – who pipped Coroebus in Newmarket’s Royal Lodge Stakes in September – and rank outsider The Wizard Of Eye (Stan Moore) full the line-up.