Godolphin’s Eternal Hope Subdues Lingfield Oaks Trial Rivals

Godolphin’s Eternal Hope (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}–Voice Of Truth {Ire}, by Dubawi {Ire}) does not possess a ticket for Epsom’s G1 Oaks, but should be one of the first in line at the supplementary stage after a stylish victory in Saturday’s Listed Fitzdares Oaks Trial at Lingfield.

She had yet to make a start on the turf and continued that trend after the day’s stakes contests were switched to the track’s synthetic surface. The homebred chestnut, untested as a juvenile, followed up a Feb. 13 debut third tackling an extended nine furlongs at Wolverhampton with a Feb. 25 breakthrough over 10 furlongs at Chelmsford in her only other start.

Eternal Hope was steadied to stalk the pace in fourth through halfway in this stakes bow. Inching closer with three furlongs remaining, the 9-4 second choice made headway under pressure off the home turn to challenge passing the furlong marker and was driven out from there to subdue Ballydoyle’s 6-5 favourite Be Happy (Ire) (Camelot {GB}) by an ultimately comfortable 1 3/4 lengths.

Eternal Hope is the second of four foals and lone winner from two runners produced by a winning half-sister to MG1SW sire Rio De La Plata (Rahy), G1SW sire El Expresivo (Arg) (Candy Stripes) and GSP sire Epsilon (Arg) (Acceptable). She is full to a yearling filly and a half to the unraced 2-year-old filly Word’s Out (Ire) (Blue Point {Ire}).


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