Lady Aurelia was visually impressive storming home to win the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot by three lengths last week, and the filly's performance has now been numerically confirmed to be the best in the current century. British Horseracing Authority handicapper Chris Nash assigned the 3-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy a rating of 122, besting the previous top figure of 119.
“The only debate to be had is whether the 122 figure slightly understates her achievement as she took this for predominantly hands and heels riding,” Nash wrote in his blog at britishhorseracing.com. “She had been a wide-margined winner of the Queen Mary Stakes at this meeting last year where she was credited with a figure of 121. I am happy that this run can rate a shade higher than that.”
Trained by Wesley Ward for Stonestreet, Gary Bolton and Peter Leidel, Lady Aurelia is expected to target the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York in August.
“Remembering that she will be entitled to a 3lb fillies allowance,” Nash said, referring to the Nunthorpe Stakes, “if she can reproduce her Ascot figure at York then a colt or gelding would have to run to 125 to match her…and no other horse has achieved anything like that sort of figure over 5f so far this season.”
Read more at britishhorseracing.com.
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