How much more can the remarkable Lady Bowthorpe improve after her Nassau win?
'This opens up more options'
She can improve enough to win another Group 1. That was such a great result as she’s been brilliant all season and was so unfortunate not to win the Falmouth at Newmarket, following on from her great run behind Palace Pier in the Lockinge (it’s hard to believe she failed to win an ordinary Group 2 at Royal Ascot in between).
Now we know she stays a mile and a quarter, it opens up more options and there is scope for her to progress over the longer distance as she’s got that bit of speed.
James Hill, tipster
'Ideal for the Cox Plate'
It is hard to think a five-year-old with 16 career starts is open to much more improvement, but as she proved in the Nassau she is up to Group 1 class, so she doesn't really have to improve – her connections just need to be selective in where they go next.
I would get adventurous. She appears to have the ideal characteristics for the Cox Plate as she stays the distance and has a great turn of foot, so I would make that my main aim and work backwards, perhaps going for the Prix Jean Romanet before entering quarantine.
Stuart Riley, reporter
'Unexposed at this distance'
The true answer is we don't know but equally it would take a brave man to tell you she's won her last Group 1. After four sterling runs this season in lofty company, Lady Bowthorpe finally got her day in the Group 1 sun and connections will surely not settle here.
The Nassau was her first start over a mile and a quarter and the way she breezed to victory suggests she could progress further at a distance over which she remains unexposed. A race like the Prix Jean Romanet springs to mind, as do the Irish Champion Stakes and Champion Stakes.
Tom Ward, reporter
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