2000 Guineas runner-by-runner guide as Native Trail heads Newmarket field of 15

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Native Trail is the hot favourite with Paddy Power for the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday.

Charlie Appleby’s unbeaten colt faces 14 rivals in the first Classic of the campaign including Godolphin stablemate Coroebus and Epsom Derby antepost favourite Luxembourg.

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Aidan O’Brien also saddles Point Lonsdale, while Greenham Stakes winner Perfect Power and Dewhurst Stakes second Dubawi Legend are among the other highly-rated runners in the field.

Unsure of who to back in the 2000 Guineas? You can run the rule over the field by studying our horse-by-horse analysis below.

Berkshire Shadow

Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: Jason Watson Draw: 7

Won his first 2 starts, including the Coventry at Royal Ascot, and signed off with a fair run behind Native Trail in the Dewhurst here when fitted with a tongue tie. Should stay 1m this year but surely up against it in this.

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Boundless Ocean

Trainer: J. S. Bolger Jockey: K. J. Manning Draw: 5

Off the mark in 10f Leopardstown maiden earlier this month. Represents last year’s winning connections but has a mountain to climb on form to get competitive.

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Checkandchallenge

Trainer: William Knight Jockey: Daniel Tudhope Draw: 13

Has made the perfect start on AW, following up his Wolverhampton debut success in 1m listed Newcastle contest a fortnight ago, looking a good prospect as he got on top under a hands-and-heels ride from this jockey. Switches to turf with more to come.

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Coroebus

Trainer: Charlie Appleby Jockey: James Doyle Draw: 1

Progressive 2-y-o, winning on the July Course on debut and bouncing back from a narrow defeat to Royal Patronage in the Royal Lodge with an impressive victory in C&D Autumn Stakes in October, coming from last to first and readily going clear. Stablemate of Native Trail and just as exciting.

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Dubawi Legend

Trainer: Hugo Palmer Jockey: Tom Marquand Draw: 14

Impressive 5-length winner on debut at Doncaster (7f) last summer and much improved in defeat when second to Native Trail in the Dewhurst here in October, overhauled inside the final furlong. Well held at the Breeders’ Cup meeting final start but should stay 1m this year and tongue tied on return.

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Eydon

Trainer: Roger Varian Jockey: David Egan Draw: 10

Much improved on first go on turf when running away with 9f Feilden Stakes under this rider here 16 days ago, smooth headway out wide over 2f out having been waited with. Should have even more to offer and has place claims for sure.

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Light Infantry

Trainer: David Simcock Jockey: Jamie Spencer Draw: 8

Unbeaten in 2 runs in the autumn and plenty to like about his wins under this rider, still showing the odd sign of greenness but relishing the test as he got up late in the Horris Hill (7f, heavy) at Newbury. 1m sure to suit and he could ruffle a few feathers if ready to roll.

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Lusail

Trainer: Richard Hannon Jockey: Pat Dobbs Draw: 12

Dual Group 2 winner over 6f at 2 yrs, including the Gimcrack at York, and returned with a pleasing effort behind Perfect Power in the Greenham at Newbury, taking second close home. Worth a shot at this, although he may prove best over shorter trips.

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Luxembourg

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Ryan Moore Draw: 4

Unbeaten at 2 yrs, signing off with a ready victory in the Futurity at Doncaster, getting to the front easily and doing no more than required. Stable’s last 2 winners of that race went on to take this, while this one’s sire Camelot also followed the same path. Ticks plenty of boxes.

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Native Trail

Trainer: Charlie Appleby Jockey: William Buick Draw: 15

Unbeaten in 5 starts, looking all class as a juvenile (snug winner of the Dewhurst here), while he made a highly satisfactory return in the Craven over C&D, again proving very strong at the finish. Seems sure to relish the demands of this race and is very hard to get away from.

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Perfect Power

Trainer: Richard Fahey Jockey: Christophe Soumillon Draw: 3

Won the Norfolk at Royal Ascot and ended his 2-y-o campaign with victories in the Prix Morny and Middle Park. Made it 3-3 under Soumillion with a comfortable success in the Greenham at Newbury on return, well on top from Lusail. Should stay 1m and place claims for sure.

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Point Lonsdale

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Frankie Dettori Draw: 11

Won his first 4 starts over 7f last year before finding just Native Trail too good in the National Stakes at the Curragh, having no answer to his turn of foot. Remains with potential, not least over 1m and beyond, and just the type to make his mark at the top level this term.

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Royal Patronage

Trainer: Charlie & Mark Johnston Jockey: Jason Hart Draw: 6

Struck into in the Futurity when last seen but on a steep upward curve before that, winning the Acomb at York and Royal Lodge over C&D, snatching victory on the post from Coroebus here. Bit more to find on his return but certainly worth a crack at this.

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Tacarib Bay

Trainer: Richard Hannon Jockey: Sean Levey Draw: 9

Seen just twice since his successful debut at Haydock last spring, chasing home Light Infantry in the Horris Hill and not beaten far in the Free Handicap here on return. Didn’t look at home on this track then though and he’ll need to improve plenty up in trip just to grab some of the minor money.

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The Wizard Of Eye

Trainer: J. S. Moore Jockey: John Egan Draw: 2

Has been highly tried since winning at Newbury (6f) last summer, finishing down the field in the Greenham a fortnight ago, and this is his toughest ask yet.

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