Lady Bowthorpe pleases connections ahead of £350,000 Lockinge Stakes

Newbury host the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes on Saturday. (Pic: Courtesy of Newbury Racecourse).

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WILLIAM Javis believes conditions will suit recent Newmarket winner Lady Bowthorpe in the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

Lady Bowthorpe recorded her biggest win to date when landing the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes over nine furlongs at Newmarket on May 2.

The Dahlia Stakes was the five-year-old’s second win at Group level after last season’s emphatic victory in the Betfred Valiant Fillies’ Stakes at Ascot in July.

Jarvis, one of Newmarket’s longest-serving trainers, immediately targeted the £350,000 Lockinge Stakes over the straight mile at Newbury after the Newmarket success.

He has been pleased with his charge’s progress since then.

“I’m thrilled with her [Lady Bowthorpe]. She’s come out of the Newmarket race really well,” Jarvis said on a QIPCO British Champions Series call.

“She did a nice, good swinging canter this morning and James, who rides her every day, expressed huge satisfaction with her. She feels every bit as good as she did heading into the Dahlia Stakes.”

“I’ve got a huge amount of respect for Palace Pier, he looks the stand-out horse, and Aidan wouldn’t bring Lope Y Fernandez if he didn’t think he would go close.

“It looks a strong field so it will have to be a personal best from her, but I think she is well capable. She comes from off the pace so I’m happy with her draw as she should be able to pop out and settle in behind a few. She handled the ground at Newmarket beautifully, but I really think good to soft will suit her.”

Owner Emma Banks added: “She’s not the most straightforward of mares, she takes some managing, but I often think when you’re hugely talented, be that equine or human, you’re not easy to deal with, and that seems to be the case with all my very good horses.

“I am relatively new to this game, but I am lucky to be surrounded by great people who know what they are doing. I love the horses, so when they put their best run in, that is a huge win for me in its own right. It’s really exciting, I know she’ll do her best and if you don’t try, you’re never going to know.”

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