Since serving a six-month ban for cocaine, KIERAN SHOEMARK has undergone rehabilitation off the track and rebuilt his career on it – thanks to Lady Bowthorpe and the faith shown in him by the mare’s owner Emma Banks and trainer William Jarvis. Here he gives his reaction to landing the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood …
I’m pretty speechless to be honest. Lady Bowthorpe is such a special mare. I just feel lucky to be a part of her. It’s fantastic for the whole team, Emma Banks, William Jarvis.
I know this horse so well and I can tell what form she is in just by cantering to the start. She took a hold of me cantering down and I knew she was in good form.
She likes a bit of give in the ground, the question mark was the 10 furlongs. In all her previous races, her last furlong has been her best furlong so it didn’t concern me too much.
Lady Bowthorpe bumped into an absolute champion in Palace Pier in the Lockinge. She was unlucky in the Falmouth where things didn’t go her way as we hit traffic problems that day.
It’s all worthwhile now – I’m delighted that we’re going to be able to celebrate tonight and really enjoy this. It’s a massive team effort.
She’s a special filly and has done nothing but improve with age. She is a credit to her owner Emma who is an incredible woman who fills me with absolute confidence. I’m just delighted.
In the last day or so, I’ve been imagining crossing the line in front, but I think it will not sink in until later. Without sounding too confident, I always believed if I got myself clean and sober that I would get to where I wanted to be.
My career is back on track now. I’m really enjoying the racing and to be involved in these huge days is what it’s all about. I’ve won a Group 1 today, but I’m already looking forward to the next one.
Kieran Shoemark photo: Qipco British Champions Series
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