Lady Bowthorpe to wait for Champions Day

Lady Bowthorpe will be rerouted to Qipco Champions Day at Ascot after trainer William Jarvis revealed his stable star will miss this weekend’s Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

Following excellent efforts in defeat in the Lockinge at Newbury, the Duke of Cambridge at Royal Ascot and Newmarket’s Falmouth Stakes, the daughter of Nathaniel provided her trainer with a first Group One success in almost 30 years when landing the Nassau at Goodwood in July.

Jarvis had had been eyeing a second top-level triumph on the Rowley Mile on Saturday, but confirmed on Monday Lady Bowthorpe will not line up for the Sun Chariot because he has not been 100 per cent happy with her preparation.

“There’s nothing drastically wrong with the mare at all – but we did miss a crucial bit of work with her, and I just felt that she wouldn’t do herself justice if she went there a bit undercooked,” he told Nick Luck’s Daily Podcast.

“I don’t see any point in lining up in a Group One race unless we’re ticking every box. Emma Banks (owner) is very philosophical and patient and understands the situation.

“We’re going to leave her in both the mile race (QEII) and the Champion Stakes at Ascot.

“With a bit of luck, that’s what we’re going to do.”

Lady Bowthorpe failed to fire on her most recent appearance in the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville, after which she was given a short break.

Jockey Kieran Shoemark (left) with trainer William Jarvis after Lady Bowthorpe's Goodwood triumph
Jockey Kieran Shoemark (left) with trainer William Jarvis after Lady Bowthorpe’s Goodwood triumph (John Walton/PA)

Jarvis added: “We did give her five days off, and she did benefit from that. Obviously it was a below-par effort, and we were desperately disappointed, but nothing came to light. Her action was good, and she looks very healthy still – she looks marvellous, actually.”

When asked whether an outing on Champions Day could be a last before retirement for his pride and joy, the trainer said: “No decision has absolutely been made.

“We’re going to see how she goes on October 16 and probably make a decision then. It doesn’t necessarily have to be made straight after that either.

“We’d love to have her in training as a six-year-old. But having said that, she’s got that crucial Group One under her belt and owes none of us anything. We’ve been privileged and very lucky to have a mare as special as her.”

Lady Bowthorpe thoughts turn to Newmarket or Ascot

William Jarvis has identified Newmarket’s Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes as his preferred target for Lady Bowthorpe, following her disappointing performance at Deauville last weekend.

Jarvis reports his Group One heroine “healthy and sound” after managing only seventh of eight behind surprise winner Grand Glory in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet.

The Newmarket trainer can shed no light on a below-par effort from his otherwise highly-consistent stable star – who travelled to France after victory in Goodwood’s Group One Nassau Stakes, began her campaign by winning Newmarket’s Dahlia Stakes and has run three other fine races this summer.

Lady Bowthorpe has several top-level entries over a mile and 10 furlongs this autumn, and Jarvis is confident all evidence suggests she is equally adept at either distance.

Reflecting on the five-year-old’s Deauville defeat, he said: “Nothing has really come to light. She seems fine, she’s eating well and she’s sound.

“Obviously, it was very disappointing. But that’s horseracing, it happens.

“I can’t really come up with an excuse for it. It just didn’t go our way.

“It went our way at Goodwood, (but) it didn’t in Deauville. We’ve been in it for a long time, we can understand these things.”

Jarvis will take time to consider the next step for Emma Banks’ hugely-popular mare – with the Sun Chariot over a mile on October 2 currently Plan A, a return to France for the Prix de l’Opera ruled out and a choice of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes or Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 16 still possible.

“We’re going to sleep on it,” he said.

“Sometimes, you can’t quite put a finger on it. But the filly has come back healthy and sound, so that’s the main thing.

“She won’t go back to France, I wouldn’t have thought, for the Prix de l’Opera.

“So we’ve got the Sun Chariot as a possible target for her.”

The QEII is also over a mile, while the Champion Stakes would mean staying at 10 furlongs.

Jarvis added: “She ran second in the Lockinge over a mile, (and) she was an unlucky fourth in the Falmouth over a mile, and she’s won a Nassau over a mile and a quarter.

“I think she’s pretty versatile.

“We’ve got those (British Champions Day) races at Ascot. (So), if we’re not pleased with her in time for the Sun Chariot we can wait and take up one of those entries.

“The Ascot races both look very competitive, strong fields. So if she was ready for the Sun Chariot I think we’d take up that option.”

Bowthorpe bids for Group One double at Deauville

William Jarvis is excited to see Lady Bowthorpe bid for back-to-back Group One victories over a mile and a quarter in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville.

The five-year-old mare, owned by music agent Emma Banks, gave Jarvis a day to remember when landing the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last month.

That was Lady Bowthorpe’s first try at the trip, although she won the Group Two Dahlia Stakes over nine furlongs at Newmarket on her seasonal reappearance in May.

“Everything is going according to plan, and I’m very much looking forward to her running,” said Jarvis.

“She seems to have come out of her Goodwood run very well. It’s a pretty strong renewal of the Prix Jean Romanet, so we’re taking nothing for granted, but we’re hopeful.

“Ever since she won the Dahlia Stakes, or even as a four-year-old, I was keen for her to go to 10 furlongs, but the races didn’t really present themselves.

“She has shown she gets the 10 furlongs very well – and depending on how she gets on at Deauville, we could look at the Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp on Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe day.”

Of Lady Bowthorpe’s success in the Nassau Stakes, and the tremendous reception afforded by the crowd on the Sussex Downs and racing in general, the Newmarket trainer said: “It was very humbling, it was very gratifying as well. I was very flattered.”

Audarya disappointed when only fifth behind Lady Bowthorpe at Goodwood, but trainer James Fanshawe expects a better performance on Sunday.

She bids to become only the second horse to win this race twice, after Satwa Queen in 2006 and 2007.

“She seems really well after Goodwood, and nothing came to light after the race. I’m hopeful she can put that run behind her,” said Fanshawe.

“It’s a tougher race than last year, but she seems in good form in herself.

“Ioritz Mendizabal rides her, and he rode her twice last season. He won the Romanet on her and was third in the Opera on her, so he knows her well.”

Audarya went on to lift the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Keeneland in November.

Cayenne Pepper is ready for her assault on the big prize in Deauville
Cayenne Pepper is ready for her assault on the big prize in Deauville (PA)

Cayenne Pepper was beaten seven lengths in America, but this Group One contest has been her target all season.

Connections had been hoping the race would not be quite as competitive as it looks, but trainer Jessica Harrington reports the four-year-old to be in great shape after two runs at the Curragh.

“It’s the best race of the whole year for those fillies. It’s an incredible race,” she said.

“She’s in good form, and we’ve had it in mind all year this is the race we wanted to go for, but we didn’t quite expect it to be quite as hot is it is.”

There are two other Irish-trained challengers, in Willie McCreery’s Insinuendo and Joseph O’Brien’s Thundering Nights.

French hopes rest mainly with Alain de Royer-Dupre’s Ebaiyra, who was second to Broome in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on her latest start.

Jarvis outlines French options for Nassau victor Lady Bowthorpe

The Prix Jean Romanet is among several options under consideration for Lady Bowthorpe following her heartwarming success in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on Thursday.

Winner of the Group Two Dahlia Stakes on her first start of the season, the Nathaniel mare had since finished second to star miler Palace Pier in the Lockinge, runner-up in the Duke of Cambridge at Royal Ascot and a luckless fourth in the Falmouth Stakes.

Stepping up to a mile and a quarter for the first time, Lady Bowthorpe proved her stamina with an authoritative victory at Goodwood – providing trainer William Jarvis with a first Group One win since Grand Lodge’s triumph in the 1994 St James’s Palace Stakes.

“I haven’t been back (to the yard) myself, but I’ve had reports that everything is good with her this morning,” said the Newmarket handler.

“I think she deserved it. She’d been knocking at the door in a couple of other Group Ones, so it was a very special day.”

Jarvis is keen to let the dust settle on Glorious Goodwood before confirming future plans with Lady Bowthorpe’s owner Emma Banks.

However, he confirmed a couple of French Group Ones – including the Romanet at Deauville on August 22 – and even a possible end-of-season trip to Hong Kong were in the melting pot.

Lady Bowthorpe (right) winning the Nassau Stakes
Lady Bowthorpe (right) winning the Nassau Stakes (John Walton/PA)

Jarvis added: “I’ve got to talk about it (plans) with Emma. There’s a slightly obvious race, now that she seems to be travelling a bit better, and that is the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville. Then we could look at the Prix de l’Opera, possibly.

“She’s not in the Juddmonte International (at York) and supplementing her wouldn’t be on my agenda, but it’s all open to discussion.

“I would have thought we’ll be sticking to a mile and a quarter, although we could drop back for the Sun Chariot – we’ve got options.

“She won’t go to the Breeders’ Cup, I wouldn’t think, but if she’s still in good form in December we could think about Hong Kong.”

Whether Lady Bowthorpe will return as a six-year-old next season also remains open to question.

Jarvis said: “I don’t know. I suppose now she’s gone and won a Group One, what else could we achieve?

“Again, that’s open to discussion. Emma’s very open-minded and will do the best by the filly.

“The pressure is off now, to an extent. It’s very heartwarming and humbling and I’m delighted for all my staff.

“It’s a real team effort and I’m obviously delighted for (jockey) Kieran Shoemark as well – he deserved it.

“I was slightly blown away by the reception we got – and it was even more special that my partner Linda was there and my son and my grandson and two of my godchildren were there.”

Lady is a champ for emotional Jarvis

In 1994 William Jarvis trained Grand Lodge to win the St James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot, after which he amusingly described the colt as “a very easy horse to train…even I can’t bugger him up.”

In 2021 the trainer tasted top-flight glory again, though this time there were less witticisms and more weeping as Lady Bowthorpe took the Qatar Nassau Stakes and ended a Group One drought that had lasted for 24 years.

The mare is owned by music agent Emma Banks, the genius behind acts such as Florence + The Machine, Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Usually such a figure would eclipse the humble folk found in racing yards, but the other characters in this victory tell an equally compelling tale.

William Jarvis after Lady Bowthorpe's victory
William Jarvis after Lady Bowthorpe’s victory (John Walton/PA)

The jockey on board was Kieran Shoemark, a young rider who displayed startling honesty when not only readily accepting a six-month suspension for cocaine use, but welcoming the sanction and openly professing his reliance on drugs and alcohol.

He even publicly encouraged more stringent routine tests, such was his determination to seek help and rid himself of his addiction.

That determination has served him well, as has his association with Jarvis and Banks, who have been unwavering in their support for Shoemark since his return to the saddle following a stint in rehab facility.

This season has not always rewarded them with the success their loyalty deserves. Lady Bowthorpe may have made a winning start to her campaign in the Dahlia Stakes, but runs in the Lockinge and the Duke of Cambridge both saw her finish runner-up, although there was little lost in finishing behind Palace Pier in the Newbury showpiece.

The mare then took on the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, but her luck had well and truly deserted her on that occasion and Jarvis cried tears of frustration at the July Course as she came home in fourth after a troubled passage through the race.

But a season of misfortune is no match for the stoicism of Jarvis, who has waited over two decades to saddle another Group One winner and has not yet lost patience with a sport where notable successes are increasingly falling into the hands of a dwindling number of stables.

At Goodwood the just deserts were finally served as Lady Bowthorpe (100-30) roared to a superb victory under Shoemark, who rode as if this performance alone was his one chance to repay the faith shown in both his ability and his character.

Jarvis’ path from the stands to the the winner’s enclosure was continually blocked by well-wishers and hat-tippers, his tearful family members embraced one another and Lady Bowthorpe returned imperious to great applause, her owner proudly at her side.

As the trainer spoke to the media his tears subsided, but the mention of his small team of staff was enough to bring them to the surface again.

“It’s fantastic, we’ve dreamt about this for a long time, we knew she was special,” he said.

“I think after she won the Dahlia Stakes that was when I, personally, thought she should have the Nassau Stakes on her radar and we sort of worked back a little bit.

“Having said that, she hasn’t missed a beat, we went Dahlia, Lockinge, Royal Ascot, Newmarket, she’s a very tough mare.

“I’ve been dying to run her over 10 furlongs for a long time, but events transpired against us until today. Anyway, I think she has proved that she’s even better over 10 than she is at a mile.

“I’m so chuffed for the team at home more than anything else, they’ve worked incredibly hard, we only have a staff of seven or eight.

“They all just work so hard for Lady Bowthorpe, it’s all due to them.”

Shoemark celebrating as he crosses the line
Shoemark celebrating as he crosses the line (John Walton/PA)

Shoemark’s road to redemption was a similarly emotive topic and it was on this theme, of loyalty and faith, that Jarvis concluded that it was his retained faith in himself that was perhaps most important of all.

“I’ve never lost faith in myself as a racehorse trainer, quite a lot of other people may have done,” he said.

“Maybe that’s why we’ve only got 28 horses in the yard, but after today we may have another two or another three.

“I’ve got a lovely bunch of staff working for me and they’re fantastic, they’ve never lost faith in me and they give me everything.

“It’s a real family unit and we’re very proud that we have a lot of loyalty, we’ve been loyal to Kieran and I’m delighted we stuck with him.

“We’re very humbled by it, I like to think I’m a modest person and I’ve endured a few lows, but we’ll celebrate today.

“It’s a really special day.”

Lady Bowthorpe storms to Nassau glory

Lady Bowthorpe conclusively proved her stamina as she ran out a hugely popular winner of the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.

Her storming finish provided jockey Kieran Shoemark with a first Group One success, while it was a first at the highest level for trainer William Jarvis since Grand Lodge won the St James’s Palace Stakes in 1994.

Owned by music agent Emma Banks – who said pre-race she felt like she was headlining Glastonbury – the five-year-old hit the front just over a furlong out and powered away from there.

For a mare having her first run over 10 furlongs Shoemark was in no doubt about the 100-30 winner’s ability to see out the trip – and rather than play his hand late he kept things simple and the result was never in doubt.

Viewed as an unlucky loser in the Falmouth Stakes last time out – the form of which was franked in the Sussex Stakes by Alcohol Free and Snow Lantern – Lady Bowthorpe was in third before careering away from Zeyaadah and Joan Of Arc.

Zeyaadah was a length and a half behind at the line, with Joan Of Arc another half-length back. Breeders’ Cup winner Audarya briefly threatened, but her challenge proved short lived as she faded into fifth.

Newmarket-based Jarvis said: “It’s fantastic, we’ve dreamt about this for a long time, we knew she was special.

“I’m so chuffed for the team at home more than anything else, they’ve worked incredibly hard, we only have a staff of seven or eight.

“They all just work so hard for Lady Bowthorpe, it’s all due to them.

William Jarvis was overcome with emotion following the victory of Lady Bowthorpe
William Jarvis was overcome with emotion following the victory of Lady Bowthorpe (PA)

“I was confident she’d stay, I was a little bit worried about Roger’s (Varian) filly (Zeyaadah), she wasn’t stopping, but I knew we’ve got that great turn of foot – that’s her real strength.

“She’s relaxed, she’s settling so much better now, she’s a superstar. She’s not had the luck, she’s had to come back and she has.

“She’s a very, very special mare to train and she’s owned by a delightful owner, she gives me free rein though of course we discuss things – she’s superb.”

He added of Shoemark, who was handed a six-month riding ban in November 2018 and has spoken frankly since about the addiction problems that led to his suspension: “I’m absolutely delighted for Keiran, he’s a delightful young man, he’s got impeccable manners, he went to a bad place but he’s come out the other end.

“He’s great, he’s a lovely guy to work with.”

Nassau joy for Kieran Shoemark
Nassau joy for Kieran Shoemark (John Walton/PA)

Shoemark, 25, said: “I’m pretty speechless. This means so much, not just for me but for Emma and William Jarvis, too. I feel very lucky to be part of it.

“She deserves it – she’s done nothing but improve with age and she’s a credit to Emma, who fills me with absolute confidence.

“I know the filly so well and I can tell what form she is in cantering to the start. She was taking a bit of a hold with me and I knew she was in good form, and she appreciates a bit of give in the ground.

“I know it was her first run over 10 furlongs, but she’d been finishing over a mile really well – her last furlong had been her best furlong – and I wasn’t concerned about that. I knew when we hit the front it was going to a good one to pass us.”

On battling back from his problems, he said: “I always believed if I got myself clean and sober I could get myself back on track and to where I wanted to be.

“That was the thing that was holding me back – thankfully I’m here. I’ve won a Group One today, but I’m already looking forward to the next one.”

Banks said: “Kieran gave Lady Bowthorpe an amazing ride. He deserves this, it is his first Group One – it’s a first Group One for all of us apart from William who had one back when the dinosaurs were doing it.

“It’s fantastic. I was sitting next to Luca Cumani who half a furlong out looked at me and said ‘you’ve got this’. If Luca Cumani says that then you know you’ve got it.

“I’m so proud of Lady Bowthorpe. I’m proud of Kieran who had a lot of pressure and he has had some bad luck on her and today we won.

“I pay the bills, that’s all I do really. William is a fantastic trainer, he has lots of my horses. They are not all as good as this one unfortunately.”

Connections of Zeyaadah were equally thrilled with her effort – and gracious in defeat.

Shadwell racing manager Angus Gold said: “Our filly has turned into a star and moved beautifully, but in truth I’ve never been as happy to finish second.

“It was a fabulous run from Zeyaadah – if you’d told me a year ago she would win a Listed and finish second in a Group One I would have found it hard to believe it. She just has a really good mind and loves it.”

William Buick was inclined to blame the ground for the run of Audarya.

The rider said of James Fanshawe’s charge: “I would say that Audarya just didn’t pick up on that ground. She won on fast ground at Royal Ascot and while she has run well in some big races on similar ground to today, the difference was that it is just so tacky and gluey.

“For me, it was the ground that was the issue today.”

Lady Bowthorpe out to end “barren spell” for Jarvis

Lady Bowthorpe will bid to end trainer William Jarvis’ 27-year wait for a second Group One victory at Goodwood next week.

It has been almost three decades since the Mick Kinane-ridden Grand Lodge landed the 1994 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, but Jarvis believes he has has finally unearthed a horse capable of ending what he labels a “barren spell”.

He said: “I’ve been training a long time and we’ve been very lucky to have had some very decent horses through our hands, but it’s been a bit of a barren spell, probably since Gravitation won the Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood in 2008.

“To have a filly as high-class as Lady Bowthorpe is great for all of us.”

Since making a successful start to the current campaign in the Group Two Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket in early May, Lady Bowthorpe has finished second to Palace Pier in the Lockinge, second to Indie Angel in the Duke of Cambridge and a luckless fourth in the Falmouth.

“In the Falmouth Stakes, I didn’t think she got the rub of the green, but Snow Lantern is a very good filly. I felt at the time that we were the best horse in the race,” Jarvis added.

Trainer William Jarvis at Royal Ascot
Trainer William Jarvis at Royal Ascot (Steven Paston/PA)

The five-year-old was taken out of the reckoning for the Qatar Sussex Stakes on Thursday, leaving the Nassau Stakes over 10 furlongs as her Goodwood option.

Jarvis said: “Our initial thoughts after the Falmouth were to head to the Nassau Stakes, to keep her against her own sex and step her up to 10 furlongs.

“I’m very confident that she’ll stay the extra two furlongs.”

William Jarvis eyeing Nassau redemption for Lady Bowthorpe

William Jarvis hopes his stable star Lady Bowthorpe will “get her day in the sun” before the end of the season following her fast-finishing effort in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

Winner of the Group Two Dahlia Stakes on her seasonal reappearance, the daughter of Nathaniel went on to fill the runner-up spot in both the Lockinge at Newbury and the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Lady Bowthorpe charged home from an unpromising position to be beaten just a length into fourth place in Friday’s Group One feature on the July course, leaving Jarvis eyeing another tilt at Group One glory in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on July 29.

“She’s come out of the race fine and I’m very happy with her,” said the Newmarket handler.

“I thought she was the best horse in the race. It will probably be the Nassau next, but nothing is set in stone.

“She’s a very smart filly and is still progressing. Hopefully she’ll get her day in the sun.”

Jarvis looking towards Falmouth run for Lady Bowthorpe

Lady Bowthorpe is to seek Group One glory against her own sex in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on July 9 as long as the ground is suitable.

The five-year-old mare was runner-up to Palace Pier in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on her first try at the top level when taking on colts and geldings.

She ran against other females on her latest start when second to Indie Angel in the Group Two Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Trainer William Jarvis reports Lady Bowthorpe, owned by music agent Emma Banks, to have taken that race well.

“She’s come out of it pretty well and we’re very pleased with her,” said the Newmarket handler.

“Providing the ground isn’t too quick, she’ll go for the Falmouth Stakes at the July meeting.”

Lady Bowthorpe bidding to hit the heights in Duke of Cambridge

Lady Bowthorpe will bid for Royal Ascot glory when she takes on the Group Two Duke of Cambridge Stakes.

The five-year-old was a gallant runner-up when last seen in Newbury’s Group One Lockinge Stakes, finishing a length and a half behind John and Thady Gosden’s all-conquering miler Palace Pier.

Having held her own when pitched against the colts and geldings, the mare takes on only members of her own sex at Ascot – but is shouldered with a 3lb penalty for her Group Two victory in the Dahlia Stakes earlier in the season.

Trainer William Jarvis reports the bay to be in good form ahead, and considers her position at the head of market to be justified given her stellar season so far.

“We’ve been very pleased with her since the Lockinge, that was a career-best,” he said.

Lady Bowthorpe and Kieran Shoemark win the Betfred Valiant Fillies’ Stakes at Ascot
Lady Bowthorpe and Kieran Shoemark win the Betfred Valiant Fillies’ Stakes at Ascot (Edward Whitaker/PA)

“You never know until you turn up how much that race has taken out of her, but she appears to be giving us the right signals at home.

“No race at Royal Ascot is ever easy to win, we’re going to be the favourite and we justify favouritism on her performance in the Lockinge, but it’s a strong field.

“The ground is possibly going to be quicker than is ideal for us, but we’re very hopeful and we’re very much looking forward to it.

“There are some pretty good fillies in the line-up and we respect all of them.”

Richard Hannon’s Posted will also take her chance in the race after finishing fifth behind Lady Bowthorpe on her first run of the campaign.

“If she settles she is a very good filly, but she can be a little bit keen,” the trainer said via his Unibet blog.

Sandown Races – Wednesday September 16
Posted winning the Chasemore Farm Fortune Stakes at Sandown (David Davies/PA)

“She has been good lately, we didn’t go to Epsom and run on the soft ground, we thought that we would save her for Royal Ascot.

“It is a very good race for her, she is in good nick, she has already won a Listed race and hopefully she should have a very good chance.”

Charlie Fellowes is represented by Onassis, with the four-year-old making her seasonal debut having not set foot on a racecourse since last October.

The filly has good Ascot form, however, and started her 2020 campaign at the same meeting when taking the Sandringham Stakes last year.

“The plan has always been to start here, she won over course and distance on her first start last year and her form at Ascot has always been very strong,” Fellowes said.

“She finished off last year with a career-best in the Champion Sprint over an inadequate six furlongs.

Royal Ascot – Day Three
Onassis and Hayley Turner in winning action at Royal Ascot (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“She’s won on all types of ground, it was really quick in France when she won the Listed race over there last year so I’m not worried about the going.

“We’re looking forward to what will hopefully be a really decent seasonal debut.”

Fellowes also has a chance in the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes as Eve Lodge impressed when winning at Lingfield on her second racecourse appearance.

“She made a lovely debut at Ascot over course and distance, where she got a bit unlucky during the run,” the trainer explained.

“Then we went to Lingfield where she won as you like, on the bridle, really impressively on soft ground.

“The plan has always been to come back here for this race, I think she’s a very nice two-year-old.

“The ground would be a minor concern so we’ll see how it’s riding because she does have an option in the Albany on Friday, but Jamie (Spencer) is very happy that she’ll be absolutely fine on decent ground.”

Joseph O’Brien has two chances in the Group Two Queen’s Vase, run over a mile and six furlongs, with both Ruling and Benaud holding entries.

Benaud and Shane Crosse at Leopardstown
Benaud and Shane Crosse at Leopardstown (Niall Carson/PA)

Ruling finished third in the Listed Nijinsky Stakes when last seen and will bid to shed his maiden tag when stepping up to Group level for the first time.

“He is still a maiden, but he ran to a smart level when third in the Nijinsky Stakes at Leopardstown last time,” O’Brien said to Betfair about the colt.

“He didn’t look shy of pace at a mile and a half that day, but he is very stoutly bred and I think he has a good chance of staying this longer trip.”

Benaud was a winner on his only run for far this year when striking at Naas, and O’Brien is hopeful that the extended trip will be to the gelding’s liking.

“We were thrilled with his seasonal return at Naas last month,” he said.

“We expected him to need the run as he doesn’t overly exert himself at home, but he ran out the cosy winner, relishing the longer trip.

“We had considered running him in the King George V Handicap, but that can be a tough race to get into from off the pace and that is his style of running, so we are going to take a chance on his stamina for this longer trip and run him in this.”

Hannon then has a chance in the five-furlong Windsor Castle Stakes with Armor, who was a length winner on debut at Doncaster in April.

“He is a very fast horse, Ryan (Moore) loved him (at Doncaster),” he said.

“He has been fine since then, we were going to run him in the Lily Agnes and then he was re-shod and he was a little bit sore, so he didn’t go there.

“He has been working well and is a good little two-year-old, I think.”

Bowthorpe bids to be leading Lady in Duke of Cambridge Stakes

Lady Bowthorpe heads a field of 13 in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot.

William Jarvis’ stable star was the only one to put up a fight against Palace Pier in the Lockinge at Newbury last month, and is back against her own sex this time.

She carries a 3lb penalty on Wednesday, for winning the Dahlia Stakes earlier in the season, while Johnny Murtagh’s Champers Elysees has to shoulder 5lb extra – having won the Group One Matron Stakes last season.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Queen Power is another with a 3lb penalty, following her easy win in the Middleton Stakes at York last time out.

Other fillies in the mix include Chris Wall’s improving Double Or Bubble, Andrew Balding’s Bounce The Blues, the Charlie Fellowes-trained Onassis, winner of the Sandringham at the meeting last year, and Archie Watson’s Parent’s Prayer.

In the opening Albany Stakes, red-hot juvenile trainer George Boughey runs Beautiful Sunshine (Tom Marquand) and White Jasmine (Hollie Doyle).

Wesley Ward fields Twilight Gleaming; Stuart Williams runs the unbeaten Desert Dreamer, and Clive Cox is represented by Crazyland and Get Ahead. Aidan O’Brien runs the War Front filly, Yet.

O’Brien has Amalfi Coast in the Windsor Castle – in which former top-class jockey Darryll Holland sends out his first Royal Ascot runner as a trainer in Silks Pass.

Michael Bell’s Spring Is Sprung, owned by the Queen, Boughey’s Superior Force, Ward’s Golden Bell and Ruthin and John Quinn’s Tipperary Sunset are others of note.

In the Queen’s Vase, O’Brien is reprsented by Wordsworth (Ryan Moore), Kyprios (Seamie Heffernan) and Arturo Toscanini (Wayne Lordon).

Mark Johnston’s Dancing King arrives on a five-timer, while stablemate Golden Flame has also won his last two.

Charlie Appleby’s Kemari and John and Thady Gosden’s Stowell are two lightly-raced types who look capable of better.

Haqeeqy aims to add to his Lincoln win for the Gosdens as he tackles the Royal Hunt Cup, in which Bell Rock is top weight.

Brunch, Maydanny, Grove Ferry and Saturday’s Sandown winner Trais Flours also line up.

Stoute’s Lights On heads the weights in the Kensington Palace Stakes, for fillies and mares.

Lady Bowthorpe tops Cambridge contenders

Lady Bowthorpe is among a field of 14 as the Lockinge runner-up is back against her own sex in Wednesday’s Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Having returned to action with a victory in the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket, the five-year-old took her form to a new level on her most recent outing.

She beat all bar John and Thady Gosden’s Palace Pier, arguably the best miler in Europe, and was over five lengths clear of the third.

Trainer William Jarvis said: “She had a hard race in the Lockinge.

Lady Bowthorpe (orange cap) was the only one to give Palace Pier a race at Newbury
Lady Bowthorpe (orange cap) was the only one to give Palace Pier a race at Newbury (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“To finish second to Palace Pier was no disgrace at all and we were five and a half lengths clear of a pretty smart field. On the back of that her rating went up to 117 – she’s a very high-class mare.”

While Jarvis is happy to stay at a mile for now, he is inclined to step up in trip later in the season.

“I’m very keen still to go 10 furlongs with her, so I’ve got my eye on the Nassau Stakes,” he said.

“If things went OK at Royal Ascot, she could easily go to the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at the July meeting, and then 10 furlongs.”

Champers Elysees (left) gave Johnny Murtagh a memorable win on Irish Champions Weekend
Champers Elysees (left) gave Johnny Murtagh a memorable win on Irish Champions Weekend (PA Wire)

Chief among her rivals is likely to be Johnny Murtagh’s Champers Elysees, a Group One winner last year but below form so far this season.

Queen Power, Agincourt, Lavender’s Blue and a previous Royal Ascot winner in Charlie Fellowes’ Onassis are all in the mix at this stage – as well as Archie Watson’s Parent’s Prayer, an easy winner at Epsom last week.

One notable absentee was the Mikel Delzangles-trained Sagamiyra who had been prominent in the ante-post betting.

The Queen Mary has attracted 26 entries, including Wesley Ward’s Twilight Gleaming, while Frankie Dettori is jocked up on fellow American Artos for George Arnold.

George Boughey’s Beautiful Sunshine has created a big impression to date, as did Clive Cox’s Get Ahead when winning at Ascot first time out.

Beautiful Sunshine was impressive at Sandown
Beautiful Sunshine was impressive at Sandown (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Aidan O’Brien has eight of the 24 in the Queen’s Vase, with one-time Derby hope Wordsworth among them.

Another trainer who does well in the race is Mark Johnston and he can chose from three, including four-times winner Dancing King.

The Gosdens’ Lincoln winner Haqeeqy is among the acceptors for the Royal Hunt Cup.

Richard Hannon has left in stable stalwart Oh This Is Us, a popular winner at Epsom on Derby day, while Shadwell Estate appear to hold a strong hand with Motakhayyel, Monthatham, Maydanny and Danyah.

The Windsor Castle has attracted 46 juveniles, including O’Brien’s Cadamosto and Ward’s Ruthin, while in the Kensington Palace Stakes 21 entries have been made.

Royal Ascot run next for Lockinge second Lady Bowthorpe

An appearance at Royal Ascot is likely to be next on the agenda for Lady Bowthorpe following her excellent effort in defeat in Saturday’s Lockinge Stakes.

Having made a successful start to her campaign with a narrow defeat of subsequent winner Queen Power in Newmarket’s Dahlia Stakes, the Nathaniel mare stepped up to the highest level to take on the boys at Newbury.

While no match for the brilliant Palace Pier, Lady Bowthorpe pulled clear of the remainder in second, leaving trainer William Jarvis justifiably proud of his charge’s performance.

He said: “She was fine this morning. She was tired and knows she had a hard race yesterday, but she’s a pretty strong filly and I think she’ll be over it in 48 hours.

“We’re thrilled with her. To finish five and a half lengths clear of a pretty rock solid horse (Top Rank) was a very good performance.

“We’ll give her an easy-ish time, but she’s not a filly you can take it too easy with for too long as she bounces back pretty quick. Let’s hope that’s the case and we’ll look forward to her next run.”

The Newmarket handler confirmed a return to Group Two level for next month’s Duke of Cambridge Stakes is set to be next for Lady Bowthorpe, but he is hoping she can strike gold in Group One company before the season is out.

“The Duke of Cambridge seems the obvious race. The timing fits and it looks like the place to go,” Jarvis added.

“It is a Group Two of course, so we’ve got a 3lb penalty, but it could be a stepping-stone to races like the Falmouth or the Nassau Stakes. The programme slightly maps itself out for her.

“I’m dying to go 10 furlongs with her, for sure. There’s lots to look forward to – I’m very excited to have her.”

Lady Bowthorpe ready to prove a class act for Banks and Jarvis

Lady Bowthorpe is primed to produce her new personal best in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes for trainer William Jarvis and owner Emma Banks.

The mare was last seen winning Newmarket’s Group Two Dahlia Stakes by a head, from subsequent Middleton Stakes heroine Queen Power, and in doing so provided Jarvis with his biggest success in more than 25 years.

A step up in class therefore beckons in Saturday’s Group One over a mile at Newbury – in which John and Thady Gosden’s Palace Pier dominates the market as odds-on favourite.

Lady Bowthorpe is a 33-1 chance in a field of 12, but the team behind her is not unsettled by her outsider status.

“I’ve been thrilled with her,” said Jarvis.

Lady Bowthorpe (left) on her way to victory in the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket
Lady Bowthorpe (left) on her way to victory in the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket (David Davies/PA)

“She’s come out of the Dahlia Stakes really well – and she did a nice, good swinging canter this morning.”

“James, who rides her, expressed huge satisfaction and pleasure and said she felt every bit as good as she did going into the Dahlia Stakes.

“We haven’t galloped her as such, but you’d like to think there was a bit of improvement in her.”

Jarvis knows that improvement will be necessary if Lady Bowthorpe is to hold her own against the likes of Palace Pier and Aidan O’Brien’s Lope Y Fernandez.

“I’ve got a huge amount of respect for Palace Pier,” he said.

“He looks the standout horse, and Aidan (O’Brien) doesn’t bring a horse over from Ballydoyle unless he thinks they’re a live Group One contender.

“It looks a pretty strong field – she’ll have to run a personal best to get involved, but I see no reason why she can’t.

“She comes from off the pace, so hopefully there’ll be enough pace on our side – that’s crucial.

“She handled the ground at Newmarket beautifully, and I think good to soft will be perfect for her.

“She’s got to up her her game, she’s got to improve. But she’s as good as I can get her, she’s in rude health – and we’ll find out on Saturday whether she’s up to it.”

Banks will also be in attendance for the race, part of the mile category in this year’s Qipco British Champions Series.

A music agent for industry leaders Creative Arts Agency, Lady Bowthorpe’s enthusiastic owner represents some of the world’s most best-known acts – with Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kylie Minogue and Green Day all clients.

She is used to dealing with talented and often mercurial characters, and can identify similarities between the human and equine stars in her life.

“If you’re hugely talented, often you’re not the easiest person to deal with – be it equine or human,” said Banks.

“All of my best horses have been the ones that probably need a bit more psychology attached to them, and that’s possibly true with some of my clients as well.”

The owner also pointed out parallels between her own line of work and that of Jarvis.

“There are some similarities – what I do for a job is plot and plan a music artist’s career,” she said.

“What William does, and I then butt in occasionally, is plot and plan a horse’s career.

“Some are at the top level and some are working every couple of weeks, but it’s still about planning and organising. It’s not where you are today – it’s about where it leads you tomorrow that I think is really important.”

Underpinning Banks’ passion for racing is her love of horses, and that appreciation for the racehorse allows her to apply the same measures of success to her equines as she does to her clients.

Lady Bowthorpe winning the Betfred Valiant Fillies’ Stakes at Ascot Racecourse
Lady Bowthorpe won the Betfred Valiant Fillies’ Stakes at Ascot (Bill Selwyn/PA)

“I love the horses, that’s where it starts for me,” she said.

“If I go to the yard, and William goes in for a cup of tea, I can go through three packets of polos and stroke them – I go a bit Pony Club, and I’m fine with that!

“I really love the horses. When they’re talented and can win a race, or even when they put a good run in and have a personal best, that to me is a huge win.

“A huge win for me in my job is not necessarily if you headline Glastonbury or play Wembley Stadium, it’s doing the best you can at the stage you’re at in your career. Sometimes selling that 200 capacity venue is as big a deal as selling out Wembley arena, it’s all relative.”

Success this weekend would be a huge achievement by anyone’s standards, especially for a smaller team taking on the major racing operations like Ballydoyle and the Gosdens.

“It’s exciting, it’s really exciting,” added Banks.

“Whatever happens, I know she’ll do her best. William’s done a great job, and everyone on the yard.

“It’s a long season, but this fitted in really well – and if you don’t try, you’re never going to know.

“There is nowhere in the world I’d rather be than at Newbury on Saturday.”

Lady Bowthorpe edges Dahlia tussle

Lady Bowthorpe came out on top in a thrilling three-way finish to the Betfair Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket.

The William Jarvis-trained five-year-old edged out Queen Power and Lavender’s Blue to claim the Group Two prize.

Freyja set a steady pace in the early stages – with Lady Bowthorpe, who got warm in the preliminaries, towards the rear under a patient ride from Kieran Shoemark.

He brought the daughter of Nathaniel to challenge on the far side of the course, and the 6-1 shot got the verdict by a head from 2-1 favourite Queen Power in a exciting conclusion to the nine-furlong contest.

Lavender’s Blue, who held every chance, was just behind in third.

Jarvis said: “She was fantastic when she won her Group Three at Ascot last summer, and maybe things didn’t go quite right when she ran at Sandown next time with a penalty.

“She then ran in the Sun Chariot, which was maybe a step too far for her on very heavy ground.

“Literally in the last week she has really come to hand, and I was desperate to run her today. We were concerned about the ground, and I walked the course a couple of times. I felt it was safe racing ground and let her take her chance.

“She’s a very special filly, and I think she will hopefully continue to improve as the year goes on.

“She does take a bit of managing, but these tricky women sometimes give you the most pleasure!”

On future plans, he added: “She’s in the Duke of Cambridge at Royal Ascot. I didn’t put her in the Queen Anne, because if we can keep her to her own sex it’s to her favour.

“We’ll have a talk about the Lockinge. I think we’ll probably give it a swerve – but if Palace Pier was to miss out, we might let her take her chance.

“It’s a big thrill to win today. We don’t have a lot of horses in our stable – so when you’ve got a good one, you’ve got to make the most of them.

“Any winner is great, but I was born and bred in Newmarket and have lived here all my life, so it’s great.”

Lady Bowthorpe and Kieran Shoemark win the Betfair Dahlia Stakes
Lady Bowthorpe and Kieran Shoemark win the Betfair Dahlia Stakes (David Davies/Jockey Club)

Shoemark, riding his first two Group Two winner, said: “She’s a very talented filly, and I’m sure she’ll come on for today.

“She’s got away with the ground today, but will be a better filly on easier ground.

“She was a little bit delicate mentally as a three-year-old, but she’s maturing with each run – I believe there’s a Group One in her.

“This is my first Group Two winner, and I couldn’t have ridden it for a nicer guy than William Jarvis, who is so passionate about his racing. It’s just as good for him as it is for me to have a winner on a big stage.”