Flying filly Lady Aurelia has run her final race
19 Jul 2018
Trainer Wesley Ward says "she looks a million dollars" but admits she has lost some of her sparkle on racecourse.
Lady Aurelia and Ward after winning the King’s Stand Stakes last summer.Picture: Racingfotos.com
Trained by American Wesley Ward, she helped light up last year’s QIPCO British Champion Series when breezing to an emphatic win in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in near course record.
She will also be remembered for taking part in a thrilling Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York later that summer, when she crossed the line together with Sir Mark Prescott’s Marsha yet despite Frankie Dettori’s celebrations she had been beaten by a nose.
Her last three performances have been some way short of that level, however, as she was a beaten odds-on favourite at the Breeders’ Cup, was second on her return to action this season and well beaten in the King’s Stand.
“She’s been retired. It was a hard decision for me, it probably wasn’t as hard for her owners,” Ward said. “She’s been feeling so good at home, she looks a million dollars, but we have to admit that her last three races haven’t been good.
“Admittedly she set very high standards, but she hasn’t been living up to those.
“It’s best for her that she’s retired, she’s sound and healthy and she’s done a tremendous amount for my career. I can’t thank connections enough for trusting me to train her.”
Lady Aurelia had also been a dazzling winner of the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot. She won five of her 10 races, earning over £600,000 in prize-money.
“I’ve had Breeders’ Cup winners and champion sprinters in America, but she’s accomplished more than any of them,” Ward said. “To have a filly named Cartier Champion Two-Year-Old for Europe and be trained in America was an unbelievable effort on her part.
“I’ve got to try to find a replacement now, but horses like her are once in a lifetime.”