Brave Anna (far side) beats Roly Poly with Lady Aurelia a beaten third
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Baxter 3:01PM 24 SEP 2016
Report: Newmarket, Saturday
Connolly’s Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1) 6f, 2yo fillies
AMERICAN speedster Lady Aurelia was odds-on to land the Cheveley Park for Wesley Ward but she emptied late on as Brave Anna swept through to land a 25-1 shock for Aidan O’Brien.
The race was one of the few Group 1s that O’Brien did not have in his bulging trophy cabinet and Brave Anna filled in that blank when defeating stablemate Roly Poly in a head-bobbing finish.
Lady Aurelia went off like a firecracker but slowed coming out of the dip and she faded late into third. Second favourite Queen Kindly finished fourth, six lengths adrift of the winner.
Winning jockey Seamie Heffernan said: “The filly that made the running was top-class, but Aidan just keeps that little bit more for his runners in Group 1s.”
A deflated Wesley Ward offered no excuses for Lady Aurelia’s defeat, and said: “It’s a humbling game, I expected her to win today.
“She bounced out and when Frankie [Dettori] called on her it just wasn’t there in the last bit. She’s had a tough campaign and she’s a special filly. Hopefully we’ll come back next year for the Commonwealth Cup and be all smiles then.”
Breakneck early speed
Last to load, Lady Aurelia was swiftly into stride under Dettori, completing the second furlong in under 11 seconds. That breakneck speed continued until the final pair of furlongs, when her earlier exertions began to count against her.
Brave Anna and Roly Poly had to work to get to the tearaway leader, but as her stamina gave out she was gobbled up in the finish, as Heffernan and Moore duelled to the line.
It went to the Albany winner Brave Anna, who got up by a short head.
O’Brien said: “It’s a very hard race to win and it takes a very good filly to win it.
“Wesley’s filly is very good and she went very fast, probably the wind out in front didn’t help her.”
Brave Anna runs in the colours of Evie Stockwell, who enjoyed Breeders’ Cup success last year with Hit It A Bomb, and O’Brien added that the meeting could come under consideration for Brave Anna.
He added: “It’s a possibility, the better ground today could have helped her as she maybe got a bit tired in the Moyglare last time.”