It seems unlikely that New Science will join Charlie Appleby’s Qipco 2000 Guineas team, despite his impressive performance in the bet365 European Free Handicap at Newmarket.
The Moulton Paddocks handler has a formidable hand in the three-year division, with last season’s juvenile Native Trail champion and his stable mate Coroebus the top two in bets for the first Classic of the year.
Native Trail will look to cement its place as Guinea’s favorite in the Craven Stakes, while Coroebus will do its best over the Rowley Mile before racing.
New Science, widely defeated in Meydan in February, was a 3-1 shot for his return to European action under William Buick.
And while the Lope De Vega colt gave his four rivals weight and a solid beating, he looks poised to sidestep the Guineas in favor of a tilt at the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.
“We beat him in Dubai, but I also managed to beat Master Of The Seas in the listed race in Dubai last year and he finished second in the Guineas,” said Appleby.
“We were confident that this horse would come forward and it is. His work at home was good, he was in good form for two years and luckily he brought it to the table this afternoon.
“William said he wouldn’t be so bold as to say he will definitely get a mile. He has a lot of natural pace so we’ll let the dust settle and see where we are after the next week or 10 days.”
He added: “Personally I see him as a custom Jersey horse but we’ll see. People dream at this time of year and reality sets in in the next couple or three weeks and I’m sure everyone has their opinions about what they have and where they are going to put it.
“We are confident where we are at the moment and the team is in good shape, that’s the most important thing. We just have to find their level for the future.”
Powerdress (9-1) appears to have earned herself a place in Richard Hannon’s Royal Ascot squad after a winning start to her career in the bet365 British EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
Ridden by Sean Levey, Dandy Man’s daughter jumped out late to get up and beat Yahsat by a lead, with the pair nearly two lengths ahead of the rest.
Hannon said: “Our two year olds are going well. This filly hasn’t done much and wants six furlongs, but Martin (Hughes, owner) likes this encounter so we said we would run.
“Loved her attitude today. She looked like she was going to come in second but put her head down and walked back in like nothing had happened. Generally the very good ones behave like this and I hope she is. “
“She could go to a National Stakes at Sandown or maybe go straight to Royal Ascot and go six furlongs there (Albany Stakes).
“She’s quite professional so I’m not sure if more experience is needed and she was fit enough to win the first time so she’s obviously doing it herself.”
The Weatherbys Bloodstock Pro Handicap was even closer to the finish, with Michael Dods-trained Gale Force Maya and Kevin Ryan’s Bergerac flashing past the post almost as one.
It took the judges a few minutes to decide that 11-2 favorite Gale Force Maya had taken her second win over the course and distance by nose under Connor Beasley.
“When they went over the line I thought we had won and when I saw the replay on TV I thought we were beat,” said Dods.
“I told Kevin afterwards that I would settle for a dead heat, especially if I had dinner with Kevin and the owners of Bergerac last night and they paid!
“I had a feeling that our mare would need the run today, but she is very upright and wild and loves that fast terrain.
“At the end of the month there is a listed race for mares here and that is the plan. As long as the ground is fast, she will come back here.”