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The flying filly from America has captured British hearts with two stunning performances at Royal Ascot.
In 2016, she turned the Queen Mary Stakes into an exhibition – showing stunning speed in the softish ground to prevail by seven lengths in a rapid time.
Twelve months later, having won over Group 1 company over 6f in France in the interim, she returned to the Royal Meeting for the King’s Stand Stakes.
Dettori, her intended rider, ruled himself out of the meeting on the morning of the race with an arm injury and must have been tempted to throw something at the TV with his good one because Lady Aurelia was again electric under John Velazquez – not being extended to win by three lengths from Profitable, who had won the race 12 months earlier.
“Lady Aurelia is a true champion. She is a sweetheart year round when she gets to the track she puts it all in,” Wesley Ward, her trainer said.
“Last year[in 2016], she was working better than any two-year-old I had previously brought over so I knew I had something special. I expected she would win but not the dominating performance which was special.”
After the King’s Stand Stakes, he added: Ward said: “That was awesome. Lady Aurelia is a very special filly, a once in a lifetime horse.
“She loves it over here. We look forward to a really big summer and then the Breeders’ Cup. The owners are so excited. It is wonderful for American racing.
“She has immense talent and immense speed. Hopefully, with the experience she has now, she should get better and better. I would like to go the Nunthorpe Stakes at York with her next.”
Lady Aurelia did indeed run in the Nunthorpe and was sent off the well-backed 10-11 favourite. Crossing the line it looked like she had won and Frankie Dettori saluted to the crowd but the photo-finish revealed she had been pipped a nose by Marsha.
Ward has hinted that Lady Aurelia could remain in training as a four-year-old, saying: “The owners are sportsmen and sportswoman and I would say that as long as she keeps sound, she will carry on racing.”
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