Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday and pick out their 1-2-3.
"...produced the best 2-y-o performance this season when easily landing the National Stakes at the Curragh last time..."
Timeform on Native Trail
14:55 Newmarket, Saturday
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1. Bayside Boy (Roger Varian/David Egan)
Smart colt who suffered his only defeat when second (beaten a head behind Masekela) in a listed event at Newbury in August, hitting a low of 1.07 in-running before being headed in the final strides. Regained the winning thread in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster (by a head from Reach For The Moon) last time, staying on well to lead in the final 50 yards. Still relatively unexposed and shouldn't be underestimated now tackling a Group 1 for the first time.
2. Berkshire Shadow (Andrew Balding/Oisin Murphy)
Useful colt who made a successful debut in a maiden at Newbury in April before following up in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot (by a length and a quarter from Eldrickjones) in June. Ran right up to his best when second (beaten three quarters of a length behind Angel Bleu who received 3 lb) in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood in July, doing his best work at the finish. Disappointed when only seventh in the Gimcrack Stakes at York last time, though, and the balance of his form leaves him with plenty to find to be competitive at this level.
3. Dhabab (John & Thady Gosden/Frankie Dettori)
Useful colt who made a winning start to his career in a maiden at Leicester in June before finishing fourth (beaten two lengths behind Berkshire Shadow) in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot later that month. Progressed further in two subsequent starts in pattern company, finishing third (beaten a length and a half behind Native Trail) in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket in July and fourth (beaten a length and three quarters behind Wings of War) in the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury in September. Looks destined for a minor role once again.
4. Dubawi Legend (Hugo Palmer/James Doyle)
Useful colt who created a big impression when making a winning debut in a minor event at Doncaster in July, showing a smart turn of foot in a steadily-run race to win by five lengths. Failed to meet market expectations when third (beaten four and a quarter lengths behind Royal Patronage) in the Acomb Stakes at York last time, never able to get on terms. Needs more if stepping up significantly in grade here, but it's still early days and he's clearly held in high regard.
5. Glounthaune (Aidan O'Brien, Ireland/Ryan Moore)
Once-raced colt who looked a useful prospect when making a successful debut in a maiden at the Curragh (by a neck from the now-smart Castle Star) in April, finding extra after edging ahead over a furlong out. Clearly hasn't been the easiest to train but his yard produced Tenebrism to win the Cheveley Park Stakes at this course after a long layoff recently. Open to plenty of improvement and must be considered a fascinating contender.
6. Go Bears Go (David Loughnane/Rossa Ryan)
Smart colt who won a minor event at Ascot in May and the Railway Stakes at the Curragh (by a length and a quarter from Castle Star) in June. Ran right up to his best in two subsequent starts at the top level, finishing third (beaten three quarters of a length behind Ebro River) in the Phoenix Stakes back at the Curragh in August and fourth (beaten a length behind Perfect Power) in the Middle Park Stakes at this course in September. Worth a try at 7f but looks vulnerable for win purposes.
7. Native Trail (Charlie Appleby/William Buick)
Very smart colt who is unbeaten in three starts to date after winning a maiden at Sandown in June, the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket (by a short head from Masekela) in July and the National Stakes at the Curragh (by three and a half lengths from Point Lonsdale) in September. Looked potentially a colt out of the very top drawer on the last occasion, forging clear in the final furlong to run out an emphatic winner. Timeform's highest-rated two-year-old in training and looks sure to take plenty of beating once again with further progress on the cards.
8. Straight Answer (Ger Lyons, Ireland/Colin Keane)
Useful colt who was very strong in the betting and duly ran out a comfortable winner on his debut in a maiden at the Curragh in August. Confirmed the promise of that effort when making all in a listed race at Fairyhouse (by five and a half lengths from Glengarra) last time, showing an impressive turn of foot to kick clear in the final two furlongs. This represents by far his stiffest task yet, but we've only scratched the surface of his potential and he commands plenty of respect having been supplemented on Monday at a cost of £32,000.
Timeform's Analyst Verdict
It's very difficult to oppose Native Trail, who produced the best 2-y-o performance this season when easily landing the National Stakes at the Curragh last time. He remains with potential and can enhance his classic credentials further with another win. Straight Answer has looked an exciting prospect in winning both his starts in Ireland and can emerge as the chief threat ahead of Bayside Boy.
1. Native Trail
2. Straight Answer
3. Bayside Boy
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