Trainer Wesley Ward is expecting a “big performance” from Lady Aurelia in the Prix Morny after his exciting filly was reported to have arrived in Deauville in tip-top shape.
The daughter of Scat Daddy produced a scintillating performance to win the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, after which a trip to France was confirmed.
Ward won the Morny in 2013 with No Nay Never, while the Ward-trained Hootenanny was a close second to The Wow Signal 12 months later.
The California handler is confident of adding to his tally in the Group One on Sunday.
Ward said: “She arrived a couple of days ago, she’s been galloping on the track and everything is good to go.
“I’m sure there will be other good horses in the race – that’s what you would expect in a race as prestigious as the Morny.
“We’re real happy with our filly. We gave her a good freshening-up period after Ascot. She stayed in light work and never missed a day.
“We’re expecting a big performance.”
Lady Aurelia’s task is likely to be more straightforward than it might have been as Caravaggio is poised to sidestep what would have been a mouthwatering clash.
A hugely impressive winner of the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, he was then unextended to land the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on his next outing.
However, it now seems like the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt will head straight to Newmarket on Future Champions Day on September 24.
“It looks like he’s going to the Middle Park,” O’Brien told Press Association Sport.
“It looks like that’s going to be the plan, without anything being written in stone, at the moment.”