Trainers Wesley Ward and Richard Fahey have both been in bullish mood this week about their charges' chances ahead of Saturday’s Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket. Both have described their 2yo fillies as ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ beasts and are looking forward to testing their credentials over 6f.
US-based Ward told the Racing Post of his Royal Ascot winner, "Lady Aurelia worked great on the Rowley Mile the day before yesterday and is ready to run her best-ever race. Her last breeze I clocked it on video several times and she did a half-mile from pole to pole in 45.4 seconds, which was very quick," Ward added. "Frankie said she did everything well within herself and it was extremely quick, which means she likes the course.
Last seen winning the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deuville, the daughter of Scat Daddy is 4/5 favourite for Saturday’s race and Ward is confident she can deliver a third Group success of the season. "A lot of times you're going into big races and you're frightened of this or that, but by all the information I have on a consistent daily basis I don't see anything but green lights. She's a once-in-a-lifetime filly. I've been fortunate enough to have some very good ones and she's climbing her way to the top."
Lady Aurelia’s biggest threat looks to be Richard Fahey’s Queen Kindly who is best-priced 3/1. The daughter of Frankel was a Group 2 winner last time out in the Lowther Stakes and the Malton-based trainer believes she could give the American filly something to think about on Saturday. “You’ve got to respect what they’re saying but Queen Kindly is different to what I’ve seen before. “It was an awesome performance at Ascot (Lady Aurelia’s Queen Mary victory) but she looked very strong and forward then and maybe we’ve caught her up a bit. We’ll definitely be taking her on so we’ll see.”
Fahey is adamant his horse is special and when asked if he felt she too was a ‘once-in-a-lifetime filly’ he replied: “She is in my lifetime anyway. She’s got natural speed and a good mind. She always looked like a colt – strong, with a big backside – and is getting stronger and more professional. Everything is going well, we’ve had no issues and we’re happy.”