King's Stand Stakes
Group 1, Ascot 15:40
£500,000 added,
3yo plus,
5f, Class 1   
Tuesday 19th June 2018

The King's Stand Stakes is shaping up to be one of the races of the week, with star five-furlong sprinter Battaash (Charlie Hills) heading the European entries. 
 
Lady Aurelia
© Caroline Norris
Lady Aurelia
 
A strong US challenge is led by last year's winner Lady Aurelia (Wesley Ward, USA), who is seeking a third success at the Royal meeting, having also captured the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes as a two-year-old in 2016. 
 
The four-year-old Scat Daddy filly returned to action in the Giant's Causeway Stakes at Keeneland on April 14th, when she came home second to Triple Chelsea.
 
Trainer Wesley Ward, who pioneered American Royal Ascot challenges, has also made a King's Stand Stakes entry for Bound For Nowhere, fourth in last year's six-furlong Group 1 Commonwealth Cup and an impressive four-length winner of the Group 2 Shakertown Stakes over five and half furlongs at Keeneland on April 7th.
 
Ward revealed: "I am delighted with Lady Aurelia following her second-place finish in the Giant's Causeway Stakes at Keeneland. I'm very happy with how she has come out of the race and it was a very good run.
 
"She is an older season mare now and had been training very well coming into the race. The initial comment from Johnny Velazquez was that one of the jockeys on the outsider in the race was chirping to his horse and hustling his filly along. That basically meant that Lady Aurelia was not relaxed like she was when winning the race last year.
 
"However, looking at the race afterwards and with hindsight, she was racing against fillies who were race fit and had been running throughout the winter. They were tough, hardy and fit horses, whilst Lady Aurelia was only just starting to come back into work.
 
"Lady Aurelia was therefore definitely not helped having to come off a long layoff, so we have to be pleased with how she ran. It is never easy, whether you are a fancied horse or not, to come from a layoff and beat horses who are race fit. 
 
"After her disappointing run in the Breeders' Cup, we turned her out and brought her back to Keeneland, bringing her along steadily. She had plenty of time off and we were not able to do too much with her too soon, which meant she wasn't as fit as the others.
 
"Also, that race was over five and a half furlongs and she is a real out-and-out five-furlong horse - that is the trip at which she is most effective. Watching that race again, she was in front at five furlongs, so if the race had been over a flat five furlongs, we would have won. The winner only put that extra kick in to score over the last half-furlong. Lady Aurelia kept battling and she just moved past her in the closing stages, which sort of proves that our filly really is one of the best five-furlong horses in the world and that final half-furlong just caught us out.
 
"At the same time, we can take nothing away from the winner who beat us fair and square, but we know how good our filly is and she's one of the best in the world over five furlongs.
 
"I couldn't have been happier with her now she's got that run under her belt. This year, she is definitely a bigger, stronger and more mature filly. She was quite keen in that race, but she seems to have settled nicely this year and we're delighted with her.
 
"We have been slightly compromised by the weather here as she only had one turf workout, prior to her latest run which dented her chances. However, she's come out of it in great shape and if you are going to get beaten, you'd rather get beaten in a Listed event at Keeneland in her pre-race contest, rather than a Group One event at Royal Ascot.
 
"She'll run in the King's Stand again at Royal Ascot and heads over to England on June 4th with the rest of our team for the meeting.
 
"There are some very good sprinters in England right now, but I'm confident that she can win the race again. She is so talented and given that she is a bigger and stronger filly this year, I think she will take all the beating. Her experience of the track will stand her in good stead and she likes the straight five-furlongs - it really seems to suit her style of running.
 
"It was a brilliant experience to win at Royal Ascot again last year, a year on from her win in the Queen Mary. Johnny Velazquez gave her a great ride last year and she went on to run another big race at York.
 
"We're looking forward to going back to Royal Ascot and hopefully she can win there again.
 
"Bound For Nowhere is a horse I'm really, really excited about. We will head straight to Royal Ascot with him and the King's Stand is also potentially the plan with him.
 
"He ran well to finish fourth at Royal Ascot last year as he was going up against some of the best three-year-old sprinters around in Caravaggio and Blue Point, so it was no disgrace to lose to them.
 
"I think one thing that did count against him going into that race was experience. He had only had two runs prior to heading to Royal Ascot and whilst he had won both of his starts impressively, particularly over a nice field at Keeneland, he just lacked the experience which is important coming into Royal Ascot.
 
"It was a really good run last year in a tough event. It was his first real run on a big stage and on a straight track and that is never easy for a horse with two runs under his belt. I felt he gave a good account of himself and I expect a really, really big run this year. 
 
"I was excited about running him in France at Deauville in August in the Prix Maurice de Gheest but he didn't really give his true running there and whilst there was no real excuse, I just don't think that was him. He travelled back with Lady Aurelia after her run in the Nunthorpe at York and we turned him out and he did really well over the winter.
 
"He was really impressive at Keeneland on his return to action over five and a half furlongs earlier this month and I loved the way he beat a very smart field of American sprinters.
 
"I'm really, really excited about this guy and I always have been. For me, he was an expensive yearling purchase and he is now a bigger colt and that was a convincing win last time.
 
"In many ways, he could be like another of my sprinters Undrafted. He went to Newmarket the year before and finished fourth in the 2014 July Cup and that experience really helped him when he came back to Royal Ascot the year after and won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Therefore, with Bound For Nowhere, I think the fact that he has had an experience of a big race in Britain will really help him.
 
"He's a lightly raced colt with only six runs, but his speed figures have been good and I'm really hopeful of a big run at Royal Ascot this year."
 
Runner-up to Bound For Nowhere in the Shakertown Stakes was Bucchero, trained by Tim Glyshaw and another Royal Ascot contender. The Indiana-bred six-year-old landed the Group 2 Woodford Stakes at Keeneland in October prior to finishing fourth to Stormy Liberal (Diamond Jubilee Stakes entered) in the Group 1 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar. 
 
The Kantharos horse boasts a remarkable tale. His dam, Meetmeontime, was rescued by the Marion County Humane Society in the summer of 2009 when she was found among 33 neglected horses on a farm in Ocala, Florida.
 
Rescued back to full health, she went on to produce five foals, the second of which was Bucchero.
 
Harlan Malter, managing partner of owners Ironhorse Racing, revealed: "All is good with Bucchero at the moment. He worked on the turf on Sunday and we are targeting the Group 3 Twin Spires Turf on Kentucky Oaks Day with him (Churchill Downs, Friday, May 4th).
 
"I think Bucchero has run at 13 tracks in 26 races, which is obviously more common in Europe but pretty rare over here in the US. This will be one of the first races where he just walks over from his barn and races. The horse is a real trooper and we are looking forward to it.
 
"We are a very small operation in terms of the amount of horses we have. Bucchero was one of our more expensive horses and, with the things he has done, I have really wanted to soak it all in. I spent eight days with him when he ran at the Breeders' Cup and am looking forward to two weeks over in England with him.
 
"The horse is a really cool customer. Every time he has been to a new track he eats, settles down and sleeps. He takes it all in his stride. It's pretty amazing.
 
"Once the casinos came around, regional breeding programmes in the US were flushed with money and there was a lot of support for state breeding programmes as they obviously have the effect of supplying employment in the state. I am a financial planner in my day job, so every penny matters to me and this breeding programme really appealed to me. Most people in racing and breeding don't care that much about how much they are losing or winning, so the breeding programmes in places like Indiana and Pennsylvania are not that well supported, despite being very lucrative, and most horses produced are of what I would call 'state quality.' 
 
"It is therefore rare for a horse of Bucchero's quality to pop up from a place like Indiana. His dam has some quality about her and when she was bred to Kantharos he was only a regional stallion in Florida. He really has exceeded expectations for a state-bred horse.
 
"Bucchero won his first level allowance race on turf and looking at his speed figures it was nothing exceptional but visually it looked like he loved turf. I think he is probably a bit better on turf although he has also boasted impressive speed figures on dirt. Interestingly, Kantharos is getting very good results on turf, with 47 per cent on his turf runners in the money, with 17 per cent of them winners.
 
"We are excited to be able to run him on a straight track at Ascot. I have a ridiculously high respect for Wesley Ward and what he can do with turf sprinters and when I saw we were up against Bound For Nowhere last time out, I went back and watched last year's Commonwealth Cup. Bound For Nowhere got into a lot of trouble during that race and had three real racehorses in front of him that day. We didn't know how Bucchero would handle the soft turf last time and he didn't get the best trip, but Fernando de La Cruz gave him a great ride and he ran a great race to finish second to Bound For Nowhere. I think the Shakertown Stakes was one of the best turf races run for long time and we ran right up to our best.

"I am the sort of person who believes you have to think something can happen to make it happen. At the end of his four-year-old season, I went out for the Hong Kong International races in December and I wrote to the Hong Kong Jockey Club saying I have this horse called Bucchero who I hope can run in one of your races one day. It wasn't in my wildest dreams that something like that could ever happen and now it is, that is just amazing.
 
"The horse is a Woodford winner which gives us hope that he can carry that sort of form over to Ascot. Of course, everything has to go right but we have the type of horse that will always run his race for you. I have spoken to Tim Glyshaw and we have always campaigned Bucchero carefully to run him in races where he is telling us we should run. We are coming to Ascot because we did the analysis and he has earned the right to be there."
 
Turning to Bucchero's background, Malter continued: "I have been in the business of horses for a long time. On the one hand, there is this unbelievable fragility of horses, which is one of the things that first drew me to racing, but there is also something special inside the best horses that just makes them run every time. It is so rare and so pure, it is really special. I always hoped that I could have a horse that could develop. To start from where Bucchero has come from, that pure unadulterated will to win is just exceptional.
 
"There are four other partners in the horse and we will all be coming over to Ascot. We are all great sports fans and to have a runner at Royal Ascot was on our bucket list. To have a horse that can come over to Royal Ascot with a chance is rarer than a (Kentucky) Derby horse and we all recognise how lucky we are to have a horse that will get us there.
 
"The plan at this point is to stable Bucchero in Newmarket. Everybody who thinks about horseracing would love to experience Newmarket sometime. I am a big history guy and looking forward to it."
 
The King's Stand Stakes has gone to Australia on four occasions, courtesy of Choisir (2003), Takeover Target (2006), Miss Andretti (2007) and Scenic Blast (2009). This year's possible from Down Under is Redkirk Warrior (David and Ben Hayes, and Tom Dabernig), although his primary target is the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday, and Frankie Dettori has been booked. 
 
The seven-year-old has already won two Group 1 contests in 2018, following up his success in the five-furlong Black Caviar Lightning at Flemington in February by taking the Newmarket Handicap over a furlong further at the same venue on March 10th under top weight.

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King's Stand Stakes (Group 1)
£500,000 added, 3yo plus, 5f, Class 1
43 entries
Going:

Animal Age Sex Trainer
Actress (IRE) 3 Filly Aidan O'Brien
Battaash (IRE) 4 Gelding Charles Hills
Battle of Jericho (USA) 3 Colt Aidan O'Brien
Blue Point (IRE) 4 Colt Charlie Appleby
Bound For Nowhere (USA) 4 Colt Wesley A. Ward
Bucchero (USA) 6 Colt Timothy Glyshaw
Could It Be Love (USA) 3 Filly Aidan O'Brien
Declarationofpeace (USA) 3 Colt Aidan O'Brien
Different League (FR) 3 Filly Aidan O'Brien
Dreamfield (GB) 4 Colt John Gosden
Encore d'Or (GB) 6 Gelding Robert Cowell
Finsbury Square (IRE) 6 Gelding F. Chappet
Fleet Review (USA) 3 Colt Aidan O'Brien
Gifted Master (IRE) 5 Gelding Hugo Palmer
Global Applause (GB) 4 Colt Ed Dunlop
Gorane (IRE) 4 Filly Henry de Bromhead
Havana Grey (GB) 3 Colt K. R. Burke
Hit The Bid (GB) 4 Colt D. J. Bunyan
Intelligence Cross (USA) 4 Colt Aidan O'Brien
Invincible Army (IRE) 3 Colt James Tate
Judicial (IRE) 6 Gelding Julie Camacho
Just Glamorous (IRE) 5 Gelding Ronald Harris
Kachy (GB) 5 Colt Tom Dascombe
Kyllang Rock (IRE) 4 Gelding James Tate
Lady Aurelia (USA) 4 Filly Wesley A. Ward
Lancelot du Lac (ITY) 8 Gelding Dean Ivory
Mabs Cross (GB) 4 Filly Michael Dods
Main Desire (IRE) 3 Filly Michael Bell
Merchant Navy (AUS) 4 Colt Aidan O'Brien
Mister Trader (GB) 4 Colt D. J. Bunyan
Mrs Gallagher (GB) 3 Filly William Jarvis
Murillo (USA) 3 Colt Aidan O'Brien
Muthmir (IRE) 8 Gelding William Haggas
Ornate (GB) 5 Gelding David C. Griffiths
Primo Uomo (IRE) 6 Gelding G. O'Leary
Redkirk Warrior (GB) 7 Gelding David & B Hayes & T
Sioux Nation (USA) 3 Colt Aidan O'Brien
Speak In Colours (GB) 3 Colt Joseph Patrick
Spirit of Valor (USA) 4 Gelding Aidan O'Brien
St Patrick's Day (USA) 3 Colt Aidan O'Brien
The Broghie Man (GB) 3 Gelding A. P. Keatley
U S Navy Flag (USA) 3 Colt Aidan O'Brien
Washington DC (IRE) 5 Colt Aidan O'Brien

THE KING'S STAND STAKES
Past Results

2017-WINNER-LADY AURELIA

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