Lady Aurelia is reported by her American trainer, Wesley Ward, to be in tip-top condition prior to putting her unbeaten record on the line in the Group 1 Connolly’s RED MILLS Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday (24th September).
The Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes and Group 1 Prix Morny winner was one of ten fillies remaining engaged following today’s confirmation stage for this £180,000 six furlong feature.
Her potential opponents include the Group 2 Sky Bet Lowther Stakes winner, Queen Kindly, and Roly Poly, who was just three-quarters of a length back in second in that York showpiece and will now be 3lbs better off. Roly Poly had earlier landed the Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes (sponsored by Imagine Cruising) at Newmarket’s Moët & Chandon July Festival.
Other leading contenders are the first and second home from the Group 3 Prestige Stakes, Kilmah and Promising, plus Nations Alexander, winner of the Group 3 German-Thoroughbred.com Sweet Solera Stakes.
Wesley Ward, trainer of Lady Aurelia, speaking from Kentucky, said:
“Lady Aurelia worked great on the Rowley Mile the day before yesterday and is ready to run her best ever race in the Connolly’s RED MILLS Cheveley Park Stakes on Saturday.”
“I have a lot to thank my assistant trainer, Frankie Dettori, for! He’s the only person to have ridden her since she came over from France after the Prix Morny and I’m really excited to have been having such interaction race-to-race from the world’s greatest jockey.”
“When I wake up every morning there’s a video bulletin from Frankie waiting for me, telling me how things are going – it’s as if I was there. And he’s been telling me that we are really going to see something from her this time.”
“Lady Aurelia was at a disadvantage at Ascot and in the Morny as she was taking on the home team. Now, mainly thanks to Brian O’Rourke who has graciously allowed her to lodge at The National Stud, I feel that we are more of the home team than they are.”
“The Rowley Mile is an opulent course and she’s already been able to experience it a few times.”
“I gave her a month off after Ascot, before the Morny she just had four easy breezes, so in hindsight maybe she was not as cranked up for that as she might have been. And, when you study the Deauville video, you can see that she steps in a hole at the furlong marker – there’s a cloud of dust around all four of her feet.”
Following today’s scratching stage, the 10 entries for the Group 1 £180,000 Connolly’s RED MILLS Cheveley Park Stakes run over six furlongs at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday, 24th September, are as follows:
Brave Anna (USA), Holy Cat (IRE), Kilmah (GB), Lady Aurelia (USA), Nations Alexander (IRE), Pellucid (GB), Promising (IRE), Queen Kindly (GB), Roly Poly (USA), Velveteen (GB) (10).