Pat Smullen believes Pale Mimosa is capable of making her mark in the Cup races next season after turning in an excellent effort in defeat in the British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Saturday.

Deputising for sidelined stable companion and last year's winner Rite Of Passage, Dermot Weld's filly was an outsider for the two-mile contest having failed to run up to expectations in the Irish St Leger last month.

However, she bounced back to form to be beaten less than two lengths in fourth place and Smullen believes the result would have been even better had conditions not been so testing.

Smullen said: "She ran a very good race. The very soft ground just blunted her turn of foot, but for that she'd have been on top of the first two I think.

"It was nice to see her put that disappointing run at the Curragh behind her, that was encouraging.

"I'd imagine she'll stay in training next year and hopefully she'll make up into a nice Cup horse."