Return Trip To Royal Ascot On Agenda For Lady Aurelia

by | 02.16.2017 | 12:33pm
Lady Aurelia pulls away from the field to win the G2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2016

Although it is only February, the connections of Cartier Award winner Lady Aurelia have their sights set on the month of June and another trip to Royal Ascot.

In a recent interview with the BloodHorse, George Bolton, who co-owns the 3-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy with Stonestreet Stables and Peter Leidel, said that the talented filly would likely make her seasonal debut in the Giant's Causeway Stakes at Keeneland in April. Should that go well, the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot would be next.

“She's doing great. I think the strategy is race-by-race this year,” Bolton told the BloodHorse's Alicia Wincze Hughes. “I think we want to race at Keeneland and then go over to one of the races at Ascot. Then I don't know what the rest of the year is like—whether she would come back over to the States to finish her year or go back over (to Europe) to keep running.”

Lady Aurelia began her career with a victory last April at Keeneland, then shipped over to Royal Ascot, where she rolled to a seven-length win in the G2 Queen Mary Stakes. In August, Lady Aurelia returned to Europe, this time defeating males in the G1 Prix Morny at Deauville. She wrapped up her season at Newmarket in September, finishing third to Brave Anna in the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes.

Lady Aurelia accumulated plenty of frequent flier miles last year as she returned home in between each of those starts. The ambitious schedule paid off, with the Wesley Ward trainee becoming the first American-trained horse to win a Cartier Award (for champion 2-year-old filly). She was also a finalist for the Eclipse Award for champion 2-year-old filly.

“People forget, she got on a plane, went to Royal Ascot, came back to Kentucky, then went back to France, then went to England and trained and ran there,”  Bolton said.

“Last January, when we thought about bringing a horse to Royal Ascot, I kept saying to (Stonestreet owner) Barbara (Banke) if we're going to do this, let's find one that really fits. And this Scat Daddy filly is the one.”

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