King's Stand Stakes
Group 1, Ascot 15:40
£400,000 added,
3yo plus,
5f, Class 1   
Tuesday 20th June 2017

Wesley Ward felt Lady Aurelia had posted a perfect prep performance for Royal Ascot following her comfortable success at Keeneland on April 15.

Lady Aurelia
© Caroline Norris
Lady Aurelia

The three-year-old, a jaw-dropping winner of the Queen Mary Stakes last summer, surged to victory in the Listed Giant's Causeway Stakes on what was her first outing since her surprise defeat in the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket last September.

Lady Aurelia looked in rude health at Keeneland when she swept into contention at the top of the home straight under John Velazquez and exerted full authority without ever looking under serious pressure.

Ward said: "She's a wonderful filly (and) has a big future. (We're) excited to get back over to England to (Royal) Ascot. She'll train right here at Keeneland until we go.

"Lot of credit goes out to (jockey) Julio Garcia, who gets on her and works her every day. Instead of shooting to the front, he gets her to relax. He sits back with her and every time she works, she gets more and more relaxed. I think that's going to be a big key to where we want to go.

"(Our) ultimate goal is the Breeders' Cup (Turf Sprint). That will be five-eighths on the turf (at) Del Mar. Should suit her perfect.

"She did everything great. That is what we wanted to do: get her back, get her to settle and make a run.

"It is a big advantage that she has trained essentially her whole career here. She was settled on a hot day with a big crowd. A lot of fillies might be apprehensive when they ship somewhere, but (being home) made a big difference today.

"This sets her up perfect (to return to Royal Ascot)."

Velazquez was also suitably impressed with the filly, who could now tackle the King's Stand Stakes at the Royal meeting.

He said: "She relaxed really well. At the quarter pole, I gave her a little kiss and she was in the battle right away. It was instant.

"I was concerned with that much speed in the race, I didn't want to get hooked up head to head. I was talking to Wesley earlier today and he was a little worried that he hadn't taken her to the gate yet, but I said that might be good, if she gets away a little slower without me having to take hold of her.

"Sure enough, she broke a touch slow. The other horses went, I gave her a little tug and she came right back to my hand. She relaxed really well behind horses, and at the quarter pole, when I asked her, she responded right away."

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King's Stand Stakes 2016 (Group 1)
£400,000 added, 3yo plus, 5f, Class 1
17 ran
Going: Soft

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (8) Profitable (IRE) 4/1 A Kirby
C G Cox 4
2nd (18) nk Cotai Glory 33/1 G Baker
C Hills 4
3rd (9) 1 Goken (FR) 50/1 J P Spencer
K A Ryan 4
4th (14) nk Jungle Cat (IRE) 14/1 W Buick
C Appleby 4
5th (20) nk Waady (IRE) 8/1 P Hanagan
J H M Gosden 4
6th (17) hd Medicean Man 50/1 R Kingscote
J Gask 10
7th (2) 2 Out Do 50/1 P Makin
D O'Meara 7
8th (15) ¾ Move In Time 33/1 D Nolan
D O'Meara 8
9th (19) nk Mongolian Saturday (USA) 16/1 Florent Geroux
Enebish Ganbat 6
10th (7) ¾ Aeolus 25/1 L Morris
Ed Walker 5
11th (1) ½ Take Cover 20/1 D Allan
D C Griffiths 9
12th (4) Double Up 25/1 Andrea Atzeni
R Varian 5
13th (6) Sir Maximilian (IRE) 33/1 James Doyle
Ian Williams 7
14th (13) 1 Pearl Secret 9/1 Oisin Murphy
T D Barron 7
15th (10) 1 Lancelot Du Lac (ITY) 33/1 R Winston
D K Ivory 6
16th (5) nk Mecca's Angel (IRE) 6/4f P Mulrennan
M Dods 5
17th (12) 9 Hay Chewed (IRE) 100/1 M Dwyer
C Allen 5
NR (3) Goldream 12/1 M Harley
R M H Cowell 7
NR (11) Muthmir (IRE) 10/1 P Hanagan
W J Haggas 6
NR (21) Sole Power 16/1 Non Runner E Lynam 9
NR (16) Acapulco (USA) 5/1 Non Runner Wesley Ward 3

Past Results


2015-WINNER-GOLDREAM 6-9-04 Owner-J Sargeant & Mrs J Morley; Trainer-Robert Cowell; Jockey-Martin Harley; SP-20/1
2ND-Medicean Man 9-9-04 Owner-Stuart & Kate Dobb; Trainer-Jeremy Gask; Jockey-Joao Moreira; SP-50/1
3RD-Muthmir 5-9-04 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-William Haggas; Jockey-Paul Hanagan; SP-3/1
18 ran; Time-59.11s; Dist-sh, nk 5/2 Fav Sole Power (5th)

2014-WINNER- SOLE POWER 7-9-04 Owner-Sabena Power; Trainer-Edward Lynam IRE; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-5/1
2ND-Stepper Point 5-9-04 Owner-Clive Edginton; Trainer-William Muir; Jockey-Martin Dwyer; SP-50/1
3RD-Hot Streak 3-8-12 Owner-Qatar Racing Limited; Trainer-Kevin Ryan; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-3/1 Fav
16 ran; Time-58.85s; Dist-11⁄4, nk

2013-WINNER- SOLE POWER 6-9-04 Owner-Sabena Power; Trainer-Edward Lynam IRE; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh: SP-8/1
2ND-Shea Shea 6-9-04 Owner-Bryan Joffe & Myron Berzack; Trainer-Mike De Kock SAF; Jockey-Christophe Soumillon; SP-11/4 Fav
3RD-Pearl Secret 4-9-04 Owner-Qatar Racing Limited; Trainer-David Barron; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-10/1
19 ran; Time-58.88s; Dist-nk, 1¼

2012-WINNER- LITTLE BRIDGE 6-9-04 Owner-Ko Kam Piu; Trainer-Danny Shum HK; Jockey-Zac Purton; SP-12/1
2RD-Bated Breath 5-9-04 Owner-Khalid Abdullah; Trainer-Roger Charlton; Jockey-James Doyle; SP-11/2
3RD-Sole Power 5-9-04 Owner-Sabena Power; Trainer-Eddie Lynam IRE; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-8/1
22 ran; Time: 59.29s; Dist ¾, 1 9/2 Jt Favs Ortensia (9th), Wizz Kid (10th)

2011-WINNER- PROHIBIT 6-9-04 Owner-Dasmal, Rix, Barr, Morley, Mrs Penny; Trainer-Robert Cowell; Jockey-Jim Crowley;
2RD-Star Witness 4-9-04 Owner-Widden Stud; Trainer-Danny O’Brien AUS; Jockey-Steven Arnold; SP-6/1
3RD-Sweet Sanette 6-9-01 Owner-Chow Hong & Wu Po Kung; Trainer-Tony Millard HK; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-16/1
19 ran; Time: 59.50s; Dist ½, ½ 11/2 Fav Kingsgate Native (6th)

2010-WINNER-EQUIANO 5-9-04 Owner-James Acheson; Trainer-Barry Hills; Jockey-Michael Hills; SP-9/2
2ND-Markab 7-9-04 Owner-Tight Lines Partnership; Trainer-Henry Candy; Jockey-Pat Cosgrave; SP-14/1
3RD-Borderlescott 8-9-04 Owner-James Edgar & William Donaldson; Trainer-Robin Bastiman; Jockey-Neil Callan; SP-16/1
12 ran; Time: 59.00s; Dist: 1½, nk 5/2 Fav Kingsgate Native (6th)

2009-WINNER-SCENIC BLAST 5-9-04 Owner-Elio Anthony Galante & Partners; Trainer-Danny Morton AUS; Jockey-Steven
Arnold; SP 11/4 Fav
2ND-Fleeting Spirit 4-9-01 Owner-The Searchers; Trainer Jeremy Noseda; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-7/2
3RD-Anglezarke 3-8-09 Owner-David Armstrong; Trainer-David Easterby; Jockey-David Allen; SP-33/1
15 ran; Time: 59.54; Dist: ¾, 2¾

2008-WINNER-EQUIANO 3-8-12 Owner-James Acheson; Trainer-Mauricio Delcher Sanchez ESP; Jockey-Olivier Peslier;
SP 22/1
2ND-Takeover Target 9-9-04 Owner-Joe & Ben Janiak; Trainer-Joe Janiak AUS; Jockey-Jay Ford; SP-6/1
3RD-Fleeting Spirit 3-8-09 Owner-The Searchers; Trainer-Jeremy Noseda; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-15/8 Fav
13 ran, Time-59.35s, Dist: ½, nk

2007-WINNER-MISS ANDRETTI 6-9-01 Owner-Sean Buckley, Dave Mueller, Gabriella Guenzi; Trainer-Lee Freedman AUS;
Jockey-Craig Newitt; SP-3/1 Fav
2ND-Dandy Man 4-9-04 Owner-H R H Princess Haya Of Jordan; Trainer-Tracey Collins IRE; Jockey-Pat Shanahan; SP-15/2
3RD-Magnus 5-9-04 Owner-Robert Crabtree; Trainer-Peter Moody AUS; Jockey-Damien Oliver; SP-14/1
20 ran, Time-57.44s, Dist: 1¾, nk

2006-WINNER-TAKEOVER TARGET 7-9-07 Owner-Joe & Ben Janiak; Trainer-Joe Janiak AUS; Jockey-Jay Ford; SP-7/1
2ND-Benbaun 5-9-02 Owner-Ransley, Birks, Hillen; Trainer-Mark Wallace; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-16/1
3RD-Pivotal Point 6-9-02 Owner-R A Bernard; Trainer-Peter Makin; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-25/1
28 ran, Time-59.79s, Dist: sh, ½ 5/1 Fav Moss Vale (8th)

2005-WINNER-CHINEUR 4-9-02 Owner-Marquesa De Moratalla; Trainer-Mikel Delzangles FR; Jockey-Christophe Lemaire;
2ND-Boogie Street 4-9-02 Owner-Hippodrome Racing; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-16/1
3RD-Moss Vale 4-9-02 Owner-John C Grant & Cheveley Park Stud; Trainer-Barry Hills; Jockey-Michael Hills; SP-14/1
16 ran, Time-57-55s, Dist: 1¾, nk 11/2 Jt-Favs Var (6th) and The Tatling (7th) (run at York)

2004-WINNER-THE TATLING 7-9-02 Owner-Dab Hand Racing; Trainer-Milton Bradley; Jockey-Darryll Holland; SP-8/1
2ND-Cape Of Good Hope 6-9-02 Owner-Exors of the late R Carstairs; Trainer-David Oughton HK; Jockey-Michael Kinane;
3RD-Frizzante 5-8-13 Owner-Jan Hopper & Elizabeth Grundy; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-9/2
19 ran, Time-1m 0.16s, Dist: 1½, nk

2003-WINNER-CHOISIR 4-9-07 Owner-Terry Wallace & Partners; Trainer-Paul Perry AUS; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh;
2ND-Acclamation 4-9-02 Owner-Dulford Cavaliers; Trainer-Gerald Cottrell; Jockey-Pat Eddery; SP-16/1
3RD-Oasis Dream 3-9-01 Owner-Khalid Abdullah; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-6/1 Fav
20 ran, Time-59.68s, Dist: 1, 1½