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Romanet among potential targets for Nassau winner Lady Bowthorpe |  Race News

The Jean Romanet Prize is among the options being considered for Lady Bowthorpe after her heartwarming success in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on Thursday.

Winner of the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes in her first start of the season, the mare Nathaniel had since finished second ahead of the star miler Palace Pier in the Lockinge, finalist of the Duke of Cambridge at Royal Ascot and unfortunate fourth in the Falmouth Stakes. .

Advancing to a mile and a quarter for the first time, Lady Bowthorpe proved her endurance with an authoritative victory at Goodwood – giving coach William Jarvis a first Group 1 victory since Grand Lodge’s triumph in the 1994 St James’s Palace Stakes.

“I didn’t go back (to the yard) myself, but had reports that everything was fine with her this morning,” the Newmarket manager said.

“I think she deserved it. She had knocked on the door in a few other Group 1s so it was a very special day.”

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

However, he confirmed that a few French Groups – including Le Romanet in Deauville on August 22 – and even a possible end-of-season trip to Hong Kong were in the melting pot.

Jarvis added: “I have to talk about it (the projects) with Emma. There is a bit of an obvious race, now that she seems to be traveling a little better, and that is the Prix Jean Romanet in Deauville. Then we could look at the Prix de l’Opéra, maybe.

“It is not at Juddmonte International (in York) and completing it would not be on my agenda, but everything is open for discussion.

“I would have thought we would stay a mile and a quarter, although we could back up for the Sun Chariot – we have options.

“She’s not going to the Breeders’ Cup I don’t think so, but if she’s still in good shape in December, we might think Hong Kong.”

Whether Lady Bowthorpe will return to six next season also remains open.

Jarvis said: “I don’t know. I guess now she’s gone and won a Group 1, what else could we achieve?

“Again, it’s open to discussion. Emma is very open-minded and will do her best for the filly.

“The pressure is released now to a degree. It is very heartwarming and humbling and I am delighted for all of 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 welcome we had – and it was even more special that my partner Linda was there and that my son and grandson and two of my godchildren were there.”





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