Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes
| Group 1, York
5f, Class 1
|Friday 25th August 2017|
Wesley Ward expects his flying filly Lady Aurelia to 'bring her A+ game' to British shores again in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
The five-furlong Group One sprint is next on the list for the brilliant daughter of Scat Daddy after she produced a stunning display last month in winning the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
John Velasquez was on board for that race with regular European rider Frankie Dettori on the sidelines with a shoulder problem.
The Italian is expected to be back in action soon and Ward says he intends of giving Dettori his option to partner Lady Aurelia in the Nunthorpe, a race she is 4/5 to win on 25th August.
"She came home from Ascot and nestled back into her same stall at Keeneland and is bucking and kicking looking like a million dollars," Ward said.
"She'll be back in Britain on 10th August a couple of weeks out for the race and on what I'm seeing she's going to bring her A+ game and I'm going with Frankie if he's up for it."
Battaash broke the course record when wining the Group 3 Coral Charge at Sandown on July 8 and though Ward admits he knows little of Charlie Hills' gelding, he also suggests that his filly has nothing to fear.
"I wouldn't trade places with anyone. I haven't seen this horse Battaash but I wouldn't swap my filly for him or anyone else," he added.
"You want the easiest race possible, but when talking about the Group 1 Nunthorpe you are expecting to meet the best."
Battaash is an 8/1 chance to win the Nunthorpe at York.
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Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes
(Group 1) (British Champions Series)
£350,000 added, 2yo plus, 5f, Class 1
|112-836||Alpha Delphini 66||6||9-11||B Smart|
|145733||Alphabet 68||3||9-6||A P O'Brien|
|9719-45||Ardad (IRE) 69||3||9-9||J H M Gosden|
|10333-1||Battaash (IRE) 69||3||9-9||C Hills|
|2913-10||Brando 100||5||9-11||K A Ryan|
|1111-11||Caravaggio (USA) 63||3||9-9||A P O'Brien|
|910-907||Cotai Glory 66||5||9-11||C Hills|
|641300||Duke Of Firenze 62||8||9-11||D C Griffiths|
|215-16||Fashion Queen 69||3||9-6||D O'Meara|
|158419||Final Venture 66||5||9-11||P T Midgley|
|306-320||Goldream 66||8||9-11||R M H Cowell|
|61-247||Gorane (IRE) 68||3||9-6||H de Bromhead|
|765111||Judicial (IRE) 66||5||9-11||Miss J A Camacho|
|600-450||Kachy 62||4||9-11||Tom Dascombe|
|712-122||Kyllang Rock (IRE) 77||3||9-9||J Tate|
|1113-11||Lady Aurelia (USA) 66||3||9-6||Wesley Ward|
|1521-13||Marsha (IRE) 66||4||9-8||Sir Mark Prescott|
|63-1014||Muthmir (IRE) 66||7||9-11||W J Haggas|
|280-640||Orion's Bow 69||6||9-11||T D Easterby|
|41-1510||Priceless 66||4||9-8||C G Cox|
|1467-22||Profitable (IRE) 66||5||9-11||C G Cox|
|24-181||Son Of Rest 76||3||9-9||J A Stack|
|1360-75||Take Cover 66||10||9-11||D C Griffiths|
|2/18-212||Tasleet 62||4||9-11||W J Haggas|
|8121-51||The Tin Man 62||5||9-11||J R Fanshawe|
|7-71260||Washington Dc (IRE) 66||4||9-11||A P O'Brien|
|1006-50||Yalta (IRE) 63||3||9-9||M Johnston|