Brave Anna Upsets Lady Aurelia In Kentucky-Bred Sweep Of Cheveley Park

Hit It A Bomb takes the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in 2015; Brave Anna is a full sibling to the champion

A homebred for owner Evelyn Stockwell, the Kentucky-bred Brave Anna sprang a 25-1 upset in Saturday’s Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket, granting trainer Aidan O’Brien his first victory in the contest. A juvenile daughter of War Front ridden by Seamie Heffernan, Brave Anna defeated her stablemate Roly Poly by a head on the wire, with Lady Aurelia tiring to finish third; the top three finishers were all bred in Kentucky.

“It’s a very hard race to win and it takes a very good filly to win it,” O’Brien told “Wesley’s filly is very good and she went very fast, probably the wind out in front didn’t help her.”

Lady Aurelia, trained by Wesley Ward, broke from the gates very sharply under Frankie Dettori and quickly had the advantage over the short field. In the six-furlong contest, she completed the second eighth of a mile in under 11 seconds, tearing away to a four-length lead. Dettori tried to give her a breather before the dip in the final stages, and though she accelerated once again in the final eighth of a mile, the O’Brien trainees Brave Anna and Roly Poly swept past her in unison, leaving Lady Aurelia to finish third. The final time for the contest over good to firm turf was 1:11.92.

“It’s a humbling game, I expected her to win today,” said a disappointed Ward of Lady Aurelia’s effort. “She bounced out and when Frankie [Dettori] called on her it just wasn’t there in the last bit. She’s had a tough campaign and she’s a special filly. Hopefully we’ll come back next year for the Commonwealth Cup and be all smiles then.”

Brave Anna is a full sister to last year’s Breeders’ Cup victor Hit It A Bomb, who also raced in the colors of Evelyn Stockwell. O’Brien stated that Brave Anna may now be under consideration for a tilt at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Ward told the Daily Racing Form that Lady Aurelia is no longer under consideration for the Breeders’ Cup.


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