SANTOSHA provided trainer David Loughnane and jockey Thomas Greatrex with the first pattern race win of their respective careers in the Group 3 Princess Margaret Betfred Stakes at Ascot.
For good measure, Loughnane also saddled third-placed Caroline Dale, with Kevin Ryan’s Hala Hala Hala splitting the stable companions.
Santosha had the distinction of being sent off at 50/1 for the first two runs of her career – a surprise win at Lingfield and when she stormed home to be third in the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.
The form was the best on offer as the winner, Dandalla, had triumphed at Royal Ascot and the second, Fev Rover, claimed a listed race next time out.
It was Caroline Dale who showed blistering pace out of the stalls, as she has in all her races to date, but this time she had an extra furlong to tackle and she faded a little in the finish.
Santosha travelled supremely well, looking as though she would win comfortably when she took up the running, but the filly began to drift to he left, giving Hala Hala Hala a chance.
Greatrex soon straightened up his mount, though, and the 5/1 chance won by three-quarters of a length for Loughnane.
Wow! At the back of the field turning for home, Lady Bowthorpe sweeps past her rivals and asserts in the closing stages to scoot clear to win the @Betfred Valiant Stakes under @KShoemark at @Ascot ?? pic.twitter.com/Dr5Rg4kHp5— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) July 26, 2020
Lady Bowthorpe took her career to new heights to give trainer William Jarvis his first pattern race success in 12 years in the Group 3 Betfred Valiant Fillies’ Stakes.
Having opened her account on her return to action in handicap company at Lingfield last month, the daughter of Nathaniel continued her rise through the ranks to run out a stylish winner of the one-mile prize.
Sweeping down the outside of her rivals, the 12/1 shot found plenty for pressure once sent on by Kieran Shoemark to cross the line four and three-quarter lengths clear of runner-up Farzeen.
Jarvis said: “I’ve always thought she is good. She has been unlucky not to win more races. Things just haven’t panned out her way, but she is smart.
“All credit to James Toller as he said we should run her in this race. I prepared her and trained her and he pushed me to go for the race.
“I was very impressed with the way she did it. She hasn’t quite achieved what we hoped she would, but she is owned by a very patient owner. It is her first group winner and she is a valuable filly now.
“Pontefract didn’t go to plan as she was drawn nine of nine which was not great for her, but it has all come good for her today.”
Although Jarvis has enjoyed plenty of winners since Gravitation provided him with his last pattern race success in the 2008 renewal of the Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood, it was a victory he was keen to make the most of.
He added: “I’ve had plenty of listed winners and plenty of handicap winners, but it has been a long time since we have had a group winner.
“You have got to deal with the cards you are dealt and when you get a good one, make the most of it. It is nice to have a good one in the yard again.”