Lady Aurelia made all and shot clear under Frankie Dettori
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Milnes 3:18PM 15 JUN 2016
Report: Royal Ascot, Wednesday
Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2), 5f, 2yo
LADY AURELIA put up one of the most devastating displays seen in modern times at Royal Ascot when blitzing to seven-length win in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes.
The US raider did not see any of her 16 rivals when making all in the hands of Frankie Dettori to give Wesley Ward a third win in the 5f juvenile fillies feature.
Despite doubts about the draw and the ground, Lady Aurelia travelled strongly throughout and had the race in the bag even before kicking in the turbo at the furlong pole to streak away from French runner Al Jahrah.
The success was the second in two days for Lady Aurelia’s sire Scat Daddy who was also responsible for Caravaggio, winner of the Group 2 Coventry Stakes.
Previously, the winner had scored by seven and half lengths on her debut on the dirt at Keeneland in April when she had also made the running.
Dettori said: “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 two-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. “
Bookies were initially quoting Lady Aurelia for the Nunthorpe at York, the route taken by Ward’s Acapulco last year, but the trainer said afterwards that the Molecomb Stakes or the Prix Morny were more likely targets.
Also at Ascot:
Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2), 1m, 4yo+
Michael Barzalona celebrated his first ever Royal Ascot win when 9-4 favourite Usherette ran away with the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes to give Godolphin their second winner on the day.
The four-year-old defied doubts about the ground to come from off a slow pace to give Andre Fabre a first win in the mile contest and his eighth Royal Ascot success in total.
Usherette was registering her second successive Group 2 victory on this side of the channel after her narrow success in the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket last month.
The daughter of Shamardal never looking in any danger when striking for home over a furlong out to defeat 20-1 chance Furia Cruzada and Godolphin second string Always Smile.
The win was giving Sheikh Mohammed’s organisation their second win of the afternoon following the triumph of Ribchester in the opening Group 3 Jersey Stakes.
Barzalona said: “It’s great to be here and have a winner on a big day. Usherette deserved her win especially as the ground didn’t suit her – she’ll be ever better on better ground. She has great character and she’s very tough.”
John Gosden, trainer of runner-up Furia Cruzada, said: “She ran a lovely race. She is just coming to herself, it takes a year after they come from South America. She will be better over a little further but I couldn’t be happier with her.”