Racing Weekly: Sam Turner picks Native Trail over Godolphin stablemates for Royal Ascot

Racing Weekly: Sam Turner picks Native Trail over Godolphin stablemates for Royal Ascot

Charlie Appleby is the first trainer to win the English, Irish and French 2000 Guineas with three different horses, but who's the best of his three-year-old milers?

Speaking exclusively on the return of Racing Weekly for the Flat Season, top racing tipster Sam Turner said: “They (Godolphin) seem to have every base covered at the moment. 

“They've got horses with plenty of speed like Coroebus, they've got those that look like they're going to stretch out and be equally comfortable over 10 furlongs like Native Trail, and plenty waiting in the wings on the periphery for the Derby as well. 

“They've got a raft of ammunition for the summer and it's great because we need competition. It's essential that Ballydoyle have someone to go up against them and compete vociferously in these races. Racing does need a strong Godolphin.”

For the full podcast version of Racing Weekly’s Flat Season return, click HERE.


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Turner was asked by Racing Weekly co-host Rishi Persad to pick his favourite of the leading three Godolphin hopes for the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, in the unlikely event that they are entered to race one another. 

Persad said: “You’ve got Modern Games (7/1), last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner and this year’s French 2000 Guineas winner, Coroebus (4/6), the 2000 Guineas winner at Newmarket, and then Native Trail (4/1) – winner of the Irish 2000 Guineas last weekend at The Curragh. If they all met in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, let's just say, who would you be with?”

“Probably just Native Trail on that track,” replied Turner. “I'm not saying he's the best miler. I wouldn't like to see him in a Sussex Stakes particularly, I don't think that would be his bag at all on an undulating downhill track. But I just think at Ascot, a nice straight mile with a bit of cover and a long wind up to the line will be perfect for him.”

For a full ante-post preview of the St James's Palace Stakes, click HERE.

As they did in the build up to the Cheltenham Festival, Persad and Turner will review the latest round of Flat Season racing, look forward to the week ahead and tackle the sport's big stories as part of a series of shows which will become a major part of every racing fan’s weekly routine.

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