The Royal Lodge was ran on Sept 26, 2020. The first prep race across the pond for the 2021 Derby. The race was a ran as Newmarket. To be honest, that was the first race that I’ve studied that was ran over there. It was strange to see the horses run in a straight line like that.
The start looked good for the horses. Cobh had a good start and lead the pace for most of the race with Gear Up close behind him. By the 2nd furlong there was about a 3.5 length lead that separated 1st from last place, so a pretty good start for everyone.
The middle of the race was pretty good. It was a small race with only 5 horses, so there wasn’t a lot of jockeying for position in this race. Basically wherever the horses broke at the start, that’s where they stayed. The field stretched out to about 5 furlongs at it’s furthest during this period with Cove at the front of the pack and New Mandate at the rear.
The pace started to pick up at the 6th furlong. The first 5 furlongs were ran at about 12.5 seconds for most of the runners, but once we hit the 6th furlong, the pace dropped by about a second to low 11 seconds for most of the competitors. At about 500 meters to the end (just over 2 furlongs) is when the kick seemed to happen for everyone.
New Mandate and Ontario took off on the far side to get a lead over Cobh who held the other 2 runners at bay to finish 3rd. Ontario ran a solid 2nd place finish compared to New Mandate who held him at 1 length once they both separated from the pack at the end.
What Stuck Out
The finish by New Mandate stuck out to me the most. They all ran relatively the same pace the whole race besides the last 3 furlongs and he was able to turn over a lot quicker than his competitors. He was able to turn over more than the other closer, Ontario. It was pretty cool to see him separate himself from his foes in a pretty short amount of time.