Lady Aurelia pulls away from the field to win the G2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot in June
Kentucky-bred Lady Aurelia is ready to lay down her best-ever race on Saturday, trainer Wesley Ward told racinguk.com. The juvenile daughter of Scat Daddy, a Stonestreet homebred, is undefeated in her three career starts, including a G2 win at Royal Ascot and a G1 win last out in the Prix Morny. at Deauville. Since her latest victory on Aug. 21, Lady Aurelia has been tended to daily by jockey Frankie Dettori while stabled in Newmarket, with the top rider sending daily reports back to Ward in the United States.
“Lady Aurelia worked great on the Rowley Mile (last Saturday) and is ready to run her best ever race,” Ward said. “I have a lot to thank my assistant trainer, Frankie Dettori. He’s the only person to have ridden her since she came over from France after the Prix Morny and I’m really excited to have been having such interaction race-to-race from the world’s greatest jockey.
“When I wake up every morning there’s a video bulletin from Frankie waiting for me, telling me how things are going – it’s as if I was there. And he’s been telling me that we are really going to see something from her this time.”
Lady Aurelia will face up to nine rivals in the Group 1 Cheveley Park at Newmarket Saturday, held over a distance of six furlongs, the same as the Prix Morny. Heading up the competition is a daughter of champion Frankel, Queen Kindly, winner of the Lowther Stakes at York last out for trainer Richard Fahey.
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The connections of Lady Aurelia, including breeder Stonestreet, George Bolton and Peter Leidel, have indicated that the filly will return to the United States following her run at Newmarket for a possible bid at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf. Interestingly, the connections opted to point for the Cheveley Park this Saturday as opposed to the “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup qualifier, the Shadwell Rockfel, also at Newmarket. The Rockfel is held over seven furlongs as opposed to the Cheveley’s six, but the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf will be held over a mile on the grass at Santa Anita.
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