The first time members of VG Tips won backing Coroebus was when the colt raced for the very first time. It was an evening meeting at Newmarket on August 13th, I made Coroebus my NAP at the available odds of 5/2.
Here is what I wrote to subscribers to VG Tips the day before Coroebus made his racecourse debut:-“I shall take on the John Gosden trained Saga, and will do so with a newcomer. William Buick will ride Coroebus first time on a racecourse, for trainer Charlie Appleby. The Godolphin owned 2 year old colt has a Group 2 entry at Doncaster next month. A son of Dubawi, the mother of Coroebus won over this sort of distance and further.”
The colt impressed me that day when winning by a length and a quarter and I suggested members do what I was doing and place the name Coroebus in their trackers or notebooks.
His next race has been analysed plenty. When he opened up a 3-4 length lead and looked home and dry when still leading inside the final furlong. But Coroebus had gone off too fast, too soon. He was caught at the line, beaten a neck by Royal Patronage.
Jockey William Buick and trainer Charlie Appleby were determined Coroebus would be restrained on his next run. Held up at the back of the field and only allowed to go for the front when the time was right.
I was particularly struck by an interview Appleby gave to the Nick Luck daily podcast in which he said Coroebus was the best horse in his stable. Considering he also trained Group 1 winner Native Trail, that was some vote of confidence.
So I stuck with Coroebus and tipped him to win the Group 3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket at what I considered to be value, even at odds of 5/6 and 8/11. So it proved. Buick got Coroebus to settle this time around, keeping him at the back of the field until he was confident of delivering the colt at a stage of the race when he couldn’t be caught. He wow the Autumn Stakes by two lengths and is now best price 6/1 for the 2000 Guineas at the end of April 2022.