Lady Aurelia furthered her unbeaten record to three after Morny victory
By Alex Wiltshire 2:48PM 21 AUG 2016
Report: Deauville, Sunday
Darley Prix Morny (Group 1), 6f, 2yo colts and fillies
LADY AURELIA set out her stall and did what was expected as she delivered as the 2-7 favourite in the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville.
A scintillating winner of the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Wesley Ward-trained filly was made to work hard stepping up in trip to six furlongs as the previously undefeated Alrahma and the fast-finishing Aidan O’Brien-trained Peace Envoy pushed her close.
She was not to be defeated though, and the win takes her record to a perfect three from three. It was also three in a row for rider Frankie Dettori after delivering Shalaa and The Wow Signal to win the race in 2014 and 2015.
Next on the winner’s agenda is the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket next month and Dettori is confident she will improve once more.
“She hit two bad patches [of ground] and the second one she put her foot right in a hole and lost all her momentum,” he said. “I won the race by a length but I could have won by three.
“With a sound surface she would have skipped right away. Newmarket will suit her even better.”
‘Once in a lifetime filly’
Ward was delighted with the run and could hardly contain his excitement, declaring her a “once in a lifetime filly.”
“Coming into the race we gave her a little break and trained her a little light whereas before [Ascot] she had a race about a month before and so was a little fitter,” he said.
“All in all we had a nice win and it’s an honour and a privilege to be here – I’m just elated.”
Ward went on to confirm the Cheveley Park as her next target, before heading to Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup.
“She’s going to the Cheveley Park and before that she’ll stay at the English National Stud, who have been gracious enough to help us out.
“Frankie will be there in his backyard to get on her. Hopefully she goes from there to the Breeders’ Cup.
“To have a filly like this is once in a lifetime. I think she’s going to really show what she’s got in the coming few races and we’re very excited.”
Lady Aurelia was cut to as short as the 3-1 joint favourite alongside Caravaggio for the Commonwealth Cup next year although she is generally a 6-1 shot for another Royal Ascot success.