William Jarvis' leading light Lady Bowthorpe will not turn up on the Rowley Mile this weekend for the Sun Chariot Stakes and will instead be saved for a go at either the QEII or British Champion Stakes at Ascot later in the month.
The five year old mare has turned into a different horse this season, having always been a nice mare landing races like the Group Three Valiant Fillies' Stakes over course and distance at Ascot, but this term she has taken her form to a new level.
She started this season off in the Group Two Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket over 9f on quick ground and went on to win well.
The progressive stable star for Jarvis backed that up next time out when giving a career best performance to chase home Palace Pier in the Group One Lockinge Stakes.
The pair on the day went well clear of the third and then further clear of the rest of the field and that effort put her into favourite for the Group Two Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Again she had to settle for second with the big outsider Indie Angel for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori stealing the show up the inside.
Jarvis had been persistent about throwing her into the big races this term and next time she was seen finishing an extremely close fourth in the Group One Falmouth Stakes.
All of these experiences came together at Glorious Goodwood when she went on to take Group One Nassau Stakes in very taking style.
Last time out she was seen only beating one home over in France in the Group One Prix Jean Romanet with the ease in ground going against her.
Jarvis had had been eyeing a second top-level triumph on the Rowley Mile this Saturday, but has since confirmed that Lady Bowthorpe will not line up for the Sun Chariot because he has not been 100 per cent happy with her preparation and now looks set to head to Ascot instead.
(Credit Nick Luck’s Daily Podcast) He said:“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.
“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.”