Lady Aurelia made a triumphant return to Europe but was far less impressive as she made all in the Group 1 Darley Prix Morny at Deauville today.
Just the five horses lined up but this was a small but select group of juveniles, contesting the big six furlong test of the summer in France.
Lady Aurelia was soon in front and set a strong pace from Tis Marvellous, leading by a couple of lengths
Racing to the two furlong pole and Lady Aurelia came under pressure but with Frankie putting pressure on her, she responded well and lengthened, drawing three lengths clear.
However, in the final 50 yards she started to come back to her field and Alrahma and Peace Envoy finished with a rattled to eat into the deficit.
At the line it got pretty close, but the Wes Ward trained American filly came home about ¾ of a length clear of Alrahma, with Peace Envoy a close third and Al Johrah right on their heels.
Lady Aurelia did not seem to stride out as well as she had at Royal Ascot and Al Johrah finished much closer to her than had been the case in the Queen Mary Stakes.
“I was very excited and elated. It was wonderful,” said Ward of his three-quarters-of-a-length winner.
“I trained her a little light to give her a bit of time after she came home (from Royal Ascot) and she came back a little tired after this race, understandably because she wasn’t up to what she was at Ascot.
“She’d breezed four times up to this, so I think this race is going to set her right off to the next one and that’s the Cheveley Park (at Newmarket).”
O’Brien was pleased with the way Peace Envoy finished the race.
Speaking from the Curragh, he said: “I’m very happy with him and I’d imagine he’ll have no problem getting another furlong looking at that.
“He made up a lot of ground and came home very well.”