Watch Coroebus caught by Royal Patronage

Watch Coroebus caught by Royal Patronage

Coroebus (photographed above) was a 5/2 winning NAP tip from me on debut back on August 13th. My only selection at Newmarket that day. A racecourse that his pedigree suggested would be ideal for the 2 year old colt. He won at SP odds of Evens and did so by a length and a quarter.

I so liked what I saw that day I suggested subscribers to my VG Tips selections service place the name in their notebook or race trackers for the future.

The next run came last Saturday, again at Newmarket. I felt reasonably confident of victory despite the presence of more experienced types such as Masekela. I offered up Coroebus as a 11/4 tip on Friday night. I was even more confident when Coroebus held a 4 length lead late on in the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes. I was about to tweet the word Whoosh! via my horse racing Twitter feed (@betonsportstips)

Then Royal Patronage came from well back to overtake Coroebus in the final strides. I don’t blame jockey William Buick. In true 2 year old colt fashion, Coroebus pulled Buick’s arms out of his sockets and the jockey had little option but to let the youngster roll on. But horse and jockey got to the front too soon and were beaten at the line by the margin of a neck.

Neither horse or jockey will make that mistake next time around and despite how that race panned out, if you didn’t already have the name of Coroebus in your notebooks or tracker, do so now. While I agree with the wise racing broadcaster Kevin Blake that the excellent performance of Royal Patronage has been somewhat overlooked because Coroebus looked so good; I know which I would back if they came up against each other again at Newmarket.

Trainer of Coroebus Charlie Appleby told Nick Luck on Monday that: “I’ve always felt that he is the best two year old in the stable. He’s always excited us. What happened on Saturday was unfortunate and William said to me that he didn’t expect Coroebus to do what he did when asked. That he was electric and that he had to go with the momentum of the horse.”

Watch the race in full below and judge for yourself.


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