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

1 Lady Aurelia 7/2
2 Profitable 14/1
3 Marsha 11/4F
17 ran NR: Ornate Distances: 3l, hd, ½l
Time: 57.45s (fast by 1.55s)

Lady Aurelia wins the King's Stand Stakes!

Lady Aurelia
© Caroline Norris
Lady Aurelia

Wesley Ward's speedster Lady Aurelia produced a devastating display to land her second race in succession at Royal Ascot, following her victory in last year's Queen Mary Stakes and simultaneously provide her American handler with his eighth victory at the Royal Meeting.
 
Having broken alertly from the stalls under super-sub John Velazquez, who replaced the injured Frankie Dettori, the three-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy travelled powerfully throughout the five-furlong contest before unleashing a blistering turn of foot, which took her clear of the rest of the field in a matter of strides to register a facile success.
 
Last year's winner Profitable, trained by Clive Cox stayed on well to finish three lengths behind the runaway winner in second, with a head back to Sir Mark Prescott's Marsha, the well-backed favourite, in third. The victory was also .01 outside the course record.
 
Lady Aurelia became the first horse from Wesley Ward's stable to win twice at Royal Ascot and the trainer expressed his delight and admiration for his star filly.
 
Ward said: "That was awesome. Lady Aurelia is a very special filly.

"You never know [what will happen]. This is a Group One with some of the fastest horses in the world, and to duplicate what she did last year, she is a once in a lifetime horse.
 
"She loves it over here. We look forward to a really big summer and then the Breeders' Cup. The owners are so excited. It is wonderful for American racing."
 
"All the team have done a fantastic job with her and she really is something special. 
 
"I feel so bad for my Frankie. I feel really happy for John so if you watching Frankie, you're with us.
 
"She has immense talent and immense speed. Hopefully, with the experience she has now, she should get better and better."
 
Ward suggested that a tilt at the G1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York in August is next on the agenda for the US-bred filly, for which she is an Even money favourite with Ladbrokes.
 
"This is a once in a lifetime horse and I need to sit down with the owners but I would like to go the Nunthorpe Stakes at York with her next. 
 
"We'll get her home just like we have one the other times and hopefully she can run like she did today. She is very exciting."
 
Ward also hinted that the filly could remain in training as a four-year-old, adding: "The owners are sportsmen and sportswoman and I would say that as long as she keeps sound, she will carry on racing."

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

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (18) Lady Aurelia (USA) 7/2 John Velazquez
8-9
Wesley Ward 3
2nd (1) 3 Profitable (IRE) 14/1 James Doyle
9-4
C G Cox 5
3rd (9) hd Marsha (IRE) 11/4f L Morris
9-1
Sir Mark Prescott 4
4th (2) ½ Muthmir (IRE) 16/1 Jim Crowley
9-4
W J Haggas 7
5th (11) Take Cover 66/1 D Allan
9-4
D C Griffiths 10
6th (14) s.h Alpha Delphini 20/1 Connor Beasley
9-4
B Smart 6
7th (16) nk Cotai Glory 28/1 S De Sousa
9-4
C Hills 5
8th (13) nk Signs Of Blessing (IRE) 5/1 S Pasquier
9-4
Francois Rohaut 6
9th (3) Final Venture 40/1 P J Dobbs
9-4
P T Midgley 5
10th (12) Goldream 12/1 M Harley
9-4
R M H Cowell 8
11th (5) nk Ardhoomey (IRE) 20/1 C T Keane
9-4
G M Lyons 5
12th (7) nse Priceless 11/1 A Kirby
9-1
C G Cox 4
13th (4) nse Willytheconqueror (IRE) 125/1 M Dwyer
9-4
W R Muir 4
14th (10) Gracious John (IRE) 80/1 J F Egan
9-4
P D Evans 4
15th (17) Washington Dc (IRE) 8/1 R L Moore
9-4
A P O'Brien 4
16th (15) ½ Medicean Man 66/1 Andrea Atzeni
9-4
J Gask 11
17th (8) 25 Just Glamorous (IRE) 100/1 S W Kelly
9-4
R Harris 4
NR (6) Ornate Non Runner
9-4
R M H Cowell 4

LADY GIVES VELASQUEZ A GREAT FEELING
 
Lady Aurelia's superlative win was a third Royal Ascot success for jockey John Velasquez, who only picked up the ride on the Wesley Ward-trained filly after Frankie Dettori announced this morning that he would miss the meeting through injury.
 
Dettori rode Lady Aurelia to take the Queen Mary Stakes at last year's Royal Ascot.
 
Velasquez said: "It makes my job a lot easier when they do it like that. All I was worried about was her just using up too much energy in the first part of the race. What a feeling, when you ask a horse to run and they respond like that. You feel so comfortable and know they are running as fast as they can. 
 
"It worked out really well; she settled in the first part of the race and when I asked her she responded right away with a great turn of foot - very quick. It was a great feeling. When a horse is travelling so beautifully and responds right away when you ask, you can't get better than that. She's definitely very fast. To come back here for a second time and do what she did today, she's got to be a special horse."
 
Asked when he found out that he was to ride Lady Aurelia, he replied: "I got off the plane [he was travelling to Ascot to ride Elizabeth Darcy, who runs today in the Windsor Castle Stakes] and was in customs, the phone was ringing and ringing but I couldn't answer it, but as soon as I was out I picked up the phone and that's when I found out I was riding her. For me this is a blessing - not to take anything away from Frankie, he's a good friend of mine and I feel really bad for him."
 
PROFITABLE IN SILVER MEDAL POSITION
 
A high class renewal of the King's Stand Stakes was no disappointment, with brilliant filly Lady Aurelia coming home three lengths ahead of last year's winner, Profitable.
 
In third was the 2016 Prix de l'Abbaye heroine Marsha, who was a head further back as the 11/4 favourite.
 
Profitable didn't disappoint the Godolphin charge's handler, Clive Cox, who said: "He is a proven Group One performer, and he has rubber stamped that today. It would have been nicer if we had been drawn a bit closer together [with Lady Aurelia], but fair play to her."
 
James Doyle, who partnered the 14/1 chance, added: "The winner was drawn away from us. To be fair the better horses were all drawn high and I was drawn one and I had nothing to take me into it. He is a horse that only does enough when he gets there. I think if things had gone our way we could have been a little bit closer to the winner - but she is very good."
 
Sir Mark Prescott, trainer of Marsha, said: "She got beaten a head by last year's winner, and, of course, then there is Lady Aurelia.
 
"You know how fast this filly is and she was never on the bridle. It shows what a great race it was.
 
"She will just run in the Group Ones and Twos from here. We cannot just wait for the l'Abbaye - we were quite lucky to get fast ground for that race last year - but we will run her somewhere before. 
 
"Being a filly of course every time she gets black type it enhances her value, if she was a colt and I had got her beaten today it would have knocked a million quid off the value!
 
"It is a lot less worry training these fillies.
 
"I don't think Goodwood would quite suit her, but if she were in good knick we might go."

THE KING'S STAND STAKES
Past Results

2016-WINNER-PROFITABLE 4-9-04 Owner-Alan Spence; Trainer-Clive Cox; Jockey-Adam Kirby; SP-4/1
2ND-Cotai Glory 4-9-04 Owner-Kangyu Int Racing (HK) Ltd & F Ma; Trainer-Charlie Hills; Jockey-George Baker-SP-33/1
3RD-Goken 4-9-04 Owner-Guy Pariente; Trainer-Kevin Ryan; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-50/1
17 ran; Time-1m 2.69s; Dist-nk, 1 6/4 Fav Mecca’s Angel (16th)

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;
SP-7/1
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;
SP-7/1
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;
SP-13/2
3RD-Frizzante 5-8-13 Owner-Jan Hopper & Elizabeth Grundy; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-9/2
Fav
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;
SP-25/1
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