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Lady Aurelia Retired

Friday, 20th July 2018

Champion US filly and sprinting sensation Lady Aurelia has been retired, reports Blood Horse. Trained by Wesley Ward, Lady Aurelia (Scat Daddy-D' Wildcat Speed, by Forest Wildcat) will be best remembered for her brilliant juvenile season that included a breathtaking 7-length romp in the 2016 Gr2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and a victory in the Gr1 Prix Morny at Deauville that same year. Those wins were enough to see her crowned champion European 2YO filly of 2016, making her the first American-trained horse to win a Cartier Award. She then returned at three to confirm herself as one of the best sprinters in the world when winning last year's Gr1 King's Stand Stakes (1000m) at Royal Ascot. John Moynihan, bloodstock advisor to part-owner Stonestreet Stables, said: "She's sound and doing well. Peter [Leidel] and Barbara [Banke] just decided it was time. She's been great to everybody. She retires as one of the great ones, that's for sure." Ward said he supported the owners' decision. "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." Mating plans for Lady Aurelia are yet to be confirmed. She retires with 5 wins from 10 starts and US$834,945 in earnings.

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