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Lady Bowthorpe

Lady Bowthorpe put up a game performance to win the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket on Sunday. Held up through the early stages of the race by Kieran Shoemark, she made nice progress among horses at the two-furlong marker. She had to check a little as Queen Power moved to her left in front of her. She had to deliver her challenge on the far side, away from Lavender’s Blue, who was delivered on the near side, but she was strong and game and willing for Kieran Shoemark all the way to the line, getting home by a head and a neck from Queen Power and Lavender’s Blue.

William Jarvis’ mare was nicely progressive last season as a four-year-old. She was impressive in winning a Group 3 one-mile contest at Ascot at the end of July, and she wasn’t beaten far in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes on unsuitably soft ground on her final run of the season, when she had to deliver her challenge on the far side away from the stands rail. This was her first run since, it was her seasonal debut, and she looks as good as ever. She is five now, but it appears that she is still progressing, and the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot looks like an obvious target for her now.
Newmarket, 2nd May 2021