First Group Win For New Bay As New Mandate Takes the Royal Lodge

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New Mandate John Hoy/Newmarket Racecourse

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Having supplied New Bay (GB) with his first black-type win in Doncaster's Listed Flying Scotsman S. Sept. 11, Marc Chan's inspired acquisition New Mandate (Ire) gave the Ballylinch Stud-based son of Dubawi (Ire) an initial pattern-race title on Saturday as he captured Newmarket's G2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge S. Keen early anchored in rear by Frankie Dettori, the well-backed 9-4 favourite swooped two out to collar Ballydoyle's G2 Futurity S. third Ontario (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and surged to the line with more gusto to prevail by 3/4 of a length, with the Listed Stonehenge S. winner Cobh (Ire) (Kodi Bear {Ire}) 1 1/4 lengths back in third. “He's a good horse,” Dettori commented. “They went slow and it was a bit of a sprint finish–we've got to go to group one level now and try.”

Well-regarded and therefore favourite for his debut over this trip at Ascot July 11, New Mandate had been ridden forward there and looked the winner at the furlong pole before fading late on to be third. On the front and over-racing before again losing ground in the closing stages when filling the same spot behind the subsequent Listed Washington Singer S. runner-up Dhahabi (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) at Newmarket a fortnight later, the bay was sent to Sandown for a nursery on his third start over seven furlongs Aug. 23. Enjoying the chance to travel under a touch more restraint there, he registered a stylish success to earn a tilt at listed company and duly delivered teaming up with Frankie Dettori for the first time in a competitive renewal of the Flying Scotsman. This was another step forward on his first try at a mile and while his gelding means he will not be one of the many to add Classic glory to this prize, trainer Ralph Beckett believes his best days are still ahead of him.

One of those could come at Keeneland, with the handler keeping that option open. “We will see where we go from here. Obviously he can't run in anything worthwhile in the spring, so we have to cut our cloth this autumn,” he explained. “We will have a discussion about the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. I was always surprised he could do it at seven really, given his pedigree and so on. It is extraordinary I managed to get him beaten twice in maidens. The first time out I hadn't done enough with him really and I suddenly realised that afterwards. The second time, Jack Mitchell kind of got rolling a bit early on the July Course. He has shown up from the first piece of fast work he did. Everything he has done has been very professional. He was gelded in January, as he was like Warren Beatty on steroids. We had to geld him, but he wouldn't have been the horse he is if we hadn't.”

The dam Mishhar (Ire) (Authorized {Ire}), who also has a filly foal by Camacho (GB), is a half-sister to the smart Puggy (Ire) (Mark of Esteem {Ire}) who was third in the G2 Rockfel S. here as well as the G3 Polar Cup and was also runner-up in the Listed Oh So Sharp S. again at this venue. She is in turn responsible for the high-class Avenir Certain (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}), one of the select few to have pulled off the G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches-Prix de Diane double and who has produced this year's Japanese stakes winner Des Ailes (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}). The third dam Lunda (Ire) (Soviet Star) is a half to the notable Saeed Manana trio of Warrsan (Ire) (Caerleon), Luso (GB) (Salse) and Needle Gun (Ire) (Sure Blade) and also Cloud Castle (GB) (In the Wings {GB}) who took the G3 Nell Gwyn S. and was placed in the G1 Prix Vermeille and G1 Yorkshire Oaks. She is the second dam of the GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf heroine Queen's Trust (GB) (Dansili {GB}), while the family also includes the G2 Richmond S. and G2 July S.-winning red-hot first-season sire Mehmas (Ire).

Saturday, Newmarket, Britain
JUDDMONTE ROYAL LODGE S.-G2, £100,000, Newmarket, 9-26, 2yo, c/g, 8fT, 1:37.86, gd.
1–NEW MANDATE (IRE), 126, g, 2, by New Bay (GB)
1st Dam: Mishhar (Ire), by Authorized (Ire)
2nd Dam: Jakarta (Ire), by Machiavellian
3rd Dam: Lunda (Ire), by Soviet Star
1ST GROUP WIN. (€45,000 RNA Wlg '18 ARQDE; €35,000 Ylg '19 ARAUG). O-Marc Chan; B-Mishhar Syndicate (IRE); T-Ralph Beckett; J-Lanfranco Dettori. £56,710. Lifetime Record: 5-3-0-2, $97,044. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Ontario (Ire), 126, c, 2, Galileo (Ire)–Timbuktu (Ire), by Fastnet Rock (Aus). O-Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Coolmore (IRE); T-Aidan O'Brien. £21,500.
3–Cobh (Ire), 126, c, 2, Kodi Bear (Ire)–Arbeel (GB), by Royal Applause (GB). (€66,000 Wlg '18 GOFNOV; €100,000 Ylg '19 GOFOR). O-China Horse Club International Ltd; B-Awbeg Stud (IRE); T-Clive Cox. £10,760.
Margins: 3/4, 1 1/4, HF. Odds: 2.25, 3.50, 2.50.
Also Ran: Gear Up (Ire), Pleasant Man (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.

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