The improvement William Jarvis has wrought from Lady Bowthorpe at 5 is impressive and when she finally landed her group 1 when stepped up to a mile and a quarter for the first time in the Qatar Nassau Stakes (G1), the outpouring of emotion was as genuine as it was merited. She’s back at the top level again for the Aug. 22 Darley Prix Jean Romanet (G1) at Deauville.
Lady Bowthorpe was scintillating at Goodwood, although one of her chief market rivals, Audarya , clearly underperformed in finishing fifth.
The winner of this race 12 months ago before adding the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1T), Audarya is a strong stayer at this intermediate trip and should pose a much sterner challenge if back to her best. It could come down to how the race is run, since a typical French sit-and-sprint would surely suit Lady Bowthorpe.
“She has arrived out there in good shape. We were disappointed at Goodwood but we’re confident that was a blip,” said James Fanshawe, trainer of Audarya. “We’re very happy with her.”
Thundering Nights heads the 1-3-4 from the Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes (G1) at the Curragh and the form has since been advertised by Santa Barbara ‘s two grade 1 wins in the U.S., following a neck loss in the Pretty Polly.
“The form of her last race has worked out well and this has been the plan since then. Her preparation has gone well,” said Thundering Nights’ trainer Joseph O’Brien.
Ebaiyra holds verdicts over both Ambition and Grand Glory and provides an interesting alternative line of form as, unlike her two compatriots, she did not run in last season’s Prix de l’Opera Longines (G1).
Jarvis Feeling ‘Less Pressure’
Lady Bowthorpe looked a group 1 winner in waiting when landing the Betfair Dahlia Stakes (G2) back in May but William Jarvis didn’t take too many easy options back at a mile thereafter, with Palace Pier , Indie Angel , and then a combination of Snow Lantern and the Newmarket traffic preventing her returning to the number one spot.
Jarvis said: “We were absolutely delighted with the way she performed at Goodwood and she’s come out of the race well. She’s traveled over great, we were slightly worried about that but she’s grown up so much and is a very mature and sensible filly now.
“It’s not an easy race—you don’t get easy group 1s—but we’re very hopeful she’s going to run a big race. There is slightly less pressure on us this time with the fact she’s a group 1 winner now and we’re looking forward to it.