Lady Aurelia and Frankie Dettori power to victory in the G2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot. (photo courtesy Keeneland Association Twitter feed)
Lady Aurelia took command early and never looked back as she charged to an impressive seven-length victory in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The 2-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy provided trainer Wesley Ward with yet another win in the race, following Acapulco’s victory last year. Overall, Ward has won the Queen Mary three times since 2009.
Ridden confidently by Frankie Dettori, Lady Aurelia broke alertly and went to the straight to the lead. The bay filly continued to bowl along on the front end as her 16 rivals jockeyed for position behind her. With just over a furlong to run, Dettori gave the filly her cue and the response was immediate, as drew off to win by seven lengths.
French raider Al Johrah closed well to take second, with Clem Fandango another 2 1/2 lengths further back in third.
Final time for the five furlongs was 1:00.14 over a course rated as soft.
Ward trains Lady Aurelia for Stonestreet Stables LLC, George Bolton and Peter Leidel. The filly was consigned to the 2014 Keeneland September sale by James M. Herbener Jr., agent, and purchased for $ 350,000 by Bolton and Leidel.
Lady Aurelia was bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings. She is out of D’ Wildcat Speed (by Forest Wildcat), winner of the G2 Rampart Stakes. The filly provided her sire, who died in December, with his second winner at the Royal Ascot meet. On Tuesday, the 2-year-old colt Caravaggio remained undefeated when taking the Group 2 Coventry Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths.
Lady Aurelia remains undefeated in two starts. She broke her maiden at Keeneland in April, taking a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race by 7 1/2 lengths.
After the race a jubilant Dettori told the Racing Post, “That was breathtaking from the top. To win by seven lengths at Royal Ascot was sensational and I’ve never seen or experienced anything like it especially for a 2-year-old.”
He added: “I was going some very good splits but when I got to the furlong pole she found another gear it was unbelievable.”
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