Unbeaten filly Lady Aurelia is gearing up to defend her win streak in the upcoming Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes (Eng-I) on September 24. Her trainer Wesley Ward believes it will be the race of her career.
Lady Aurelia is a perfect three-for-three in her young career, winning the Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-II) by seven lengths, a race at Keeneland, and the Prix Morny (Fr-I). A September 17 workout led to Ward’s confidence.
“Lady Aurelia worked great on the Rowley Mile (Saturday) and is ready to run her best ever race,” said Ward. “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 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.
“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.”
It’s expected the Chevely Park Stakes will be a ten-horse field, with the toughest competition for Lady Aurelia coming in the form of Lowther Stakes (Eng-II) winner Queen Kindly.