Frankie Dettori and Lady Aurelia win the Queen Mary Stakes
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By Graham Dench 7:00AM 11 JUL 2016
BRITISH racegoers could get a second glimpse of stunning seven-length Queen Mary Stakes winner Lady Aurelia after Wesley Ward revealed on Sunday that the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket is on the agenda provided all goes well in the Prix Morny at Deauville on August 21.
The Racing Post Rating of 123 given to Lady Aurelia after a performance last month at Royal Ascot that had to be seen to be believed is the highest ever awarded to a two-year-old of either sex over five furlongs.
However, while the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, for which she is second favourite behind Profitable in most lists, ought to be at her mercy, Ward intends relying on last year’s runner-up Acapulco in the York Group 1 and stretching Lady Aurelia’s stamina to six furlongs in the Morny – and then hopefully the Cheveley Park Stakes too.
She’s a superstar
Speaking from Keeneland, he told the Racing Post: “Lady Aurelia is heading for Deauville and Acapulco to York, and the flight is booked for August 13 I think. They are going to be working here on grass in about ten days’ time, and they will be working on it just about every week as Keeneland have opened it up especially and it’s beautiful.
“We are keeping our options open, but I’ve been looking at the Cheveley Park Stakes for Lady Aurelia after Deauville. We are taking it one race at a time and I will have to talk it over with the owners and their racing managers, but it’s something I would like to do.”
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