One day after champion Tepin kicked off the Royal Ascot meet with a sublime victory, another American-based girl had jaws dropping over the famed turf.
Lady Aurelia gave trainer Wesley Ward his third win in the Group II Queen Mary Stakes when the daughter of Scat Daddy galloped to a 7-length victory over soft ground in Wednesday’s 5-furlong race.
Ward previously won the race with Jealous Again in 2009 and Acapulco last year.
The bay filly Lady Aurelia bolted to the front under jockey Frankie Dettori and proceeded to break the hearts of her rivals at the 2-furlong pole when her potent turn of foot found another gear. It was a similar outing to her first career start at Keeneland on April 21 when she led every point of call en route to a 7 ½-length victory going 4 ½ furlongs on the main track.
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“She is an amazing filly. I kept professing about her and you need it to come true so thank God she lived up to it,” Ward said. “She is special, is very sound and should have a big future. We’re very excited about her.
Added Dettori, “To win a sprint at Royal Ascot by 7 lengths — I have never seen anything like it, especially from a 2-year-old. She was a rocket.”
Owned by Stonestreet Stables, George Bolton and Peter Leidel, Lady Aurelia will probably remain in Europe for the time being.
“We will probably keep her based over here. It all depends on where her next start will be but that hopefully will be the Molecomb (Qatar Goodwood Festival) and then on to the Prix Morny,” Ward said. “I’d like to space her races out. There is nothing in the United States on the grass for a filly like her at the moment.”
Following Tepin’s victory in the Group I Queen Anne Stakes, Ward also believed that other trainers would now follow his lead and bring more horses to the Royal meeting.
“The greatest horses in the world are competing here. Tepin highlighted how competitive we could be,” said Ward, who became the first U.S.-based trainer to win at Royal Ascot when he saddled his first winners there in 2009. “Royal Ascot will be a worldwide event with American horses hopefully coming here after Tepin’s victory.”
Miss Temple City fourth in Duke of Cambridge Stakes
Miss Temple City, who defeated males in the Grade I Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland this April, battled through traffic to finish fourth behind race-winner Usherette in the Group II Duke of Cambridge Stakes over the straight mile course.
Trained by Graham Motion, Miss Temple City also finished fourth in last year’s Group I Coronation Stakes during her trip to Royal Ascot. The 4-year-old daughter of Temple City was hampered by the soft ground Wednesday and a troubled trip but still closed well under jockey Ryan Moore, just missing show money.