A dual Group One winner, as well as twice being successful at Royal Ascot, Lady Aurelia has been retired. Owned by Stonestreet Stables and Peter Leidel, the Wesley Ward-trained filly stamped herself on a global stage when capturing the 2016 Queen Mary Stakes at the royal meeting and went on to beat the males in that year’s Group 1 Darley Prix Morny en route to earning the Cartier Award for Champion 2yo Filly. The daughter of Scat Daddy repeated her Royal Ascot success the following season with a win in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes, but was only seventh in this year’s edition. Stonestreet Farm’s bloodstock adviser John Moynihan said: “She’s sound and doing well.
Peter and Barbara Banke, of Stonestreet, just decided it was time. She’s been great to everybody. She retires as one of the great ones that’s for sure.” Like so many of Ward’s stars, Lady Aurelia first touted her talent in a 2yo sprint race during Keeneland’s spring meeting where she won by almost eight lengths in April 2016. She again used the Keeneland track to kickstart her season the following spring when she defeated older fillies and mares in the 2017 Giant’s Causeway Stakes before heading to Ascot for the second time. “I was probably a bit selfish and lobbied to keep her going,” Ward said. “She’s so sound, kicking in her stall, feeling so good.
I still felt there was more running in her. I wanted to keep her running and I thought a race at Keeneland, if she could have rebounded, she would have been set up for the Breeders’ Cup. But I wholeheartedly stand by the owners’ decision.” Lady Aurelia ended her 3yo season finishing tenth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar last November. She finished second in this year’s Giant’s Causeway prior to her effort in the King’s Stand. Bred by Stonestreet out of the Forest Wildcat mare D’Wildcat Speed, Lady Aurelia retires with five wins from ten starts and more than £600,000 in prize money. “She’s been a tremendous filly and fantastic to me and the owners,” Ward said. “Now I look forward to her next career. Hopefully she can have a foal who is as good as she was. That’s what we all hope for.”