Lope de Vega's New Science Gets Up at Ascot


Lope de Vega, sire of Listed Pat Eddery S. winner New Science


Godolphin's €260,000 Arqana Select yearling New Science (GB) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) backed up a May 28 debut success going a shade over seven furlongs at Great Yarmouth with a seventh-of-10 effort when contesting a stellar renewal of Royal Ascot's June 19 Listed Chesham S. last time. He was sent postward with crowd support for Saturday's Listed Pat Eddery S. tackling the Berkshire venue's same seven-furlong strip and delivered a game display to register a career high. Steadied to settle off the pace in fifth until taking closer order approaching the quarter-mile marker, the 2-1 pick was shaken up for his bid with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining and kept on strongly under continued rousting to subdue Angel Bleu (Fr) (Dark Angel {Ire}) by a length nearing the line.

“He pleased us the first day at [Great] Yarmouth, which turned out to be a half-decent race, and then he just didn't handle the ground at Royal Ascot,” said assistant trainer Alex Merriam of the Sept. 12 G1 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National S. entry. “William [Buick] knew he wasn't handling it on the way to the start [last time] and we've just written that one off. He jumped nicely here, he travelled well and that was very pleasing. We'll be looking to step him up in grade now and something like the [G3] Solario [at Sandown] could be a possibility. His pedigree screams a mile and it's a staying pedigree, but we'll stick to seven [furlongs] for the time being.”

New Science is the latest of four foals and one of two scorers produced by G2 Park Hill S. and G3 Lillie Langtry S. placegetter Alta Lilea (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), herself a half-sister to the dual stakes-placed Mistress Quickly (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) and Listed Feilden S. runner-up Fighter Boy (Ire) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}). Descendants of his G2 Prix de l'Opera-winning third dam Mona Stella (Nureyev), herself kin to MG1SW G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Dancing Maid (Fr) (Lyphard), include G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud-winning sire Special Quest (Fr) (Rainbow Quest).

Saturday, Ascot, Britain
PAT EDDERY S. (WINKFIELD S.)-Listed, £40,500, Ascot, 7-24, 2yo, 7fT, 1:28.06, g/f.
1–NEW SCIENCE (GB), 129, c, 2, by Lope de Vega (Ire)
1st Dam: Alta Lilea (Ire) (MGSP-Eng & MSP-Fr, $104,528), by Galileo (Ire)
2nd Dam: In My Life (Ire), by Rainbow Quest
3rd Dam: Mona Stella, by Nureyev
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. (€260,000 Ylg '20 ARDEAY). O-Godolphin; B-Jennifer Bianco & Federerico Bianco (GB); T-Charlie Appleby; J-William Buick. £22,968. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $36,025.
2–Angel Bleu (Fr), 129, c, 2, Dark Angel (Ire)–Cercle de La Vie (Ire), by Galileo (Ire). (€120,000 Ylg '20 ARDEAY). O-Marc Chan; B-Pan Sutong Racing Bloodstock (FR); T-Ralph Beckett. £8,708.
3–Cachet (Ire), 124, f, 2, Aclaim (Ire)–Poyle Sophie (GB), by Teofilo (Ire). (14,000gns RNA Ylg '20 TATASY; 60,000gns 2yo '21 TATBRE). O-Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Wild Flower); B-Hyde Park Stud (IRE); T-George Boughey. £4,358.
Margins: 1, 3/4, 1 1/4. Odds: 2.00, 4.00, 3.00.
Also Ran: Honey Sweet (Ire), Mr McCann (Ire), Nurseclaire (Fr). Scratched: Like A Lion (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by TVG.

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