Betfair Dahlia Stakes
| Fillies' Group 2, Newmarket 15:00
1m 1f, Class 1
|Sunday 2nd May 2021|
1 Lady Bowthorpe 6/1
2 Queen Power 2/1F
3 Lavender's Blue 100/30
7 ran NR: Fooraat Distances: hd, nk, 2¾l
Time: 1m 51.98s (slow by 3.18s)
Lady Bowthorpe comes out best to win the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket...— Grant James Thomas (@Grant_Some92) May 2, 2021
She confirms her Group 3 form of last season by taking this Group 2 in the hands of @KShoemark under waiting tactics and pouncing late, a notable win for the trainer @williamjarvis and owner @asecretagent 👏 pic.twitter.com/t1dlMmzxUh
The William Jarvis-trained Lady Bowthorpe edged out Queen Power and Lavender’s Blue to claim the Group Two prize.
Freyja set a steady pace in the early stages – with Lady Bowthorpe, who got warm in the preliminaries, towards the rear under a patient ride from Kieran Shoemark.
He brought the daughter of Nathaniel to challenge on the far side of the course, and the 6-1 shot got the verdict by a head from 2-1 favourite Queen Power in a exciting conclusion to the nine-furlong contest.
Lavender’s Blue, who held every chance, was just behind in third.
Jarvis said: “She was fantastic when she won her Group Three at Ascot last summer, and maybe things didn’t go quite right when she ran at Sandown next time with a penalty.
“She then ran in the Sun Chariot, which was maybe a step too far for her on very heavy ground.
“Literally in the last week she has really come to hand, and I was desperate to run her today. We were concerned about the ground, and I walked the course a couple of times. I felt it was safe racing ground and let her take her chance.
“She’s a very special filly, and I think she will hopefully continue to improve as the year goes on.
“She does take a bit of managing, but these tricky women sometimes give you the most pleasure!”
“It’s a big thrill to win today. We don’t have a lot of horses in our stable – so when you’ve got a good one, you’ve got to make the most of them.
“Any winner is great, but I was born and bred in Newmarket and have lived here all my life, so it’s great.”
Shoemark, riding his first two Group Two winner, said: “She’s a very talented filly, and I’m sure she’ll come on for today.
“She’s got away with the ground today, but will be a better filly on easier ground.
“She was a little bit delicate mentally as a three-year-old, but she’s maturing with each run – I believe there’s a Group One in her.
“This is my first Group Two winner, and I couldn’t have ridden it for a nicer guy than William Jarvis, who is so passionate about his racing. It’s just as good for him as it is for me to have a winner on a big stage.”
Dahlia Stakes (Fillies' Group 2)
£90,000 added, 1m 1f, 4yo+, Class 1
Going: Good to Firm
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (4) Lady Bowthorpe 5 9-0 William Jarvis Kieran Shoemark 6/1
2 (1) hd Queen Power 5 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute Silvestre De Sousa 2/1F
3 (7) nk Lavender's Blue 5 9-0 Amanda Perrett Jim Crowley 100/30
4 (8) 2¾ Indie Angel 4 9-0 John & Thady Gosden Frankie Dettori 12/1
5 (5) 3¾ Posted 5 9-0 Richard Hannon William Buick 13/2
6 (6) 1½ Freyja 4 9-0 Mark Johnston Ben Curtis 11/2
7 (2) 30 Norma 5 9-0 Joseph Tuite Jamie Spencer 50/1
NR 1 (3) Fooraat 4 9-0 Roger Varian NON RUNNER