Native Trail to stand at Kildangan Stud

Undefeated European Champion juvenile of 2021 who went on to Classic glory last season, will join the Darley Europe roster in 2024

The announcement comes during the same week as the G1 National Stakes at the Curragh, the race which was the first of his G1 triumphs during a championship-winning season.

The imposing son of Oasis Dream whose dam is a half-sister to star sprinter African Rose sold for 210,000gns at the breeze-ups before making a winning debut – by four lengths over a future Group winner – in early June.

Trained by Charlie Appleby, Native Trail carried the Godolphin blue to victory in the G2 Superlative Stakes at the July festival in his second start – just as Darley roster mate Dubawi had done – and followed the same path as the Champion sire to the G1 National Stakes at the Curragh.

He won that in dominating style, then followed up in the G1 Dewhurst to confirm his superiority over the rest of his generation. His time at Newmarket was faster than the Dewhursts of fellow undefeated Champion youngsters Pinatubo, Frankel and Shamardal.

Native Trail finished the year as the highest rated unbeaten two-year-old colt not simply by Oasis Dream, nor just from the Green Desert line, but in male line descent from Danzig.

He tuned up for the Guineas with a bloodless win in the G3 Craven, and then started 5-4 favourite for the first Classic of the year. But his strong finishing run just failed to reel in stable companion Coroebus.

Native Trail made amends with a consummate performance in the G1 Irish 2,000 Guineas, covering the mile quicker than Kingman, Paddington and Dubawi had done. He finished so full of running, he was stepped up to the mile-and-a-quarter of the G1 Eclipse for his next start. In a field entirely made up of G1 winners, Native Trail went down fighting, beaten a head and a neck by Champion three-year-old Vadeni and Mishriff, with Lord North, Bay Bridge and Alenquer all in his wake.

He made a creditable reappearance this season when runner up in the G2 Sandown Mile, transferred to Newmarket because of the inclement spring, but didn't recapture his former greatness and was retired mid-season.

Sam Bullard, Darley's Director of Stallions, said, 'What a horse! He never failed to take the eye, and when you watch those big wins of his, across two demanding seasons, it's very impressive! We are privileged to be standing a Champion like him at Kildangan Stud. It's a while since our first Champion two-year-old who went on to win a Classic retired to stud at Kildangan: that horse was Shamardal, and who's to say Native Trail won't do just as well?'