American filly Lady Aurelia wins again at Royal Ascot

American filly Lady Aurelia wins again at Royal Ascot

At Royal Ascot past year, racegoers got through: 51,000 bottles of champagne; 160,000 glasses of Pimms; 131,000 pints of beer; 5,000 kilos of salmon; 6,000 Cornish crabs; 4,900 lobsters; 89,000 bottles of mineral water and 42,000 bottles of wine. "Her speed figures and numbers are right where they need to be".

The juvenile division is where Ward is usually most deadly, with his precious two-year-olds able to jump and run much better than the slow-maturing Europeans.

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A fifth Group One for Churchill, and an eighth win in the race for O'Brien, can hammer the point home.

Popular sentiment may never see the green flag wrapped around Irish fortunes at Royal Ascot the way they are at Cheltenham but in hard-headed business terms this most worldwide of racing weeks could wind up once again with a distinct "Made In Ireland" tag. "He's a very relaxed horse", said Harrington.

I was on board Acapulco when she won this race in 2015 - and obviously Wesley also took this with Lady Aurelia previous year - and you get the same vibes around this filly.

The celebration in the winner's enclosure for Sheikh Mohammed's team comes just weeks after tensions within the organization were made public, prompting John Ferguson to resign as chief executive and racing manager at Godolphin.

He surged to odds-on favouritism thanks to a decisive triumph in the Lockinge Stakes. Once springing a surprise in the 1000 Guineas Stakes at the start of last month, she followed up that win with a triumph in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and punters clearly consider her the banker of the festival.

Will the Lady go whoosh for a second time?

In the big sprint race of the day, the King's Stand Stakes it will be fascinating to see Lady Aurelia taking on her elders.

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Among others, Dettori will also ride Qemah, last year's Coronation Stakes victor, who looks well-placed in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes and Magical Memory, who will have plenty of backers in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

"I got a nice tow into the race from Miss Temple City, but I knew we were going hard and she would fall away quickly - I didn't want to break his stride, so knew I would get there quite quickly and I expected him to look at the big stands". She can emulate Persuasive, who won the Sandringham for Gosden and owners Cheveley Park previous year. He's done all his work on his own so I think it's more impressive that it looked.

Showdowns will be a theme of the week.

Post time for the St. James's Palace Stakes has been set for 11:20 p.m. ET.

There is no greater rivalry in racing than that between Coolmore/Ballydoyle and Godolphin. Barney Roy has been off the track since Newmarket but did have a spin around Kempton, which is a similar layout to Ascot's round mile. Yet Churchill does only as much as Churchill needs to do.

Aidan O'Brien said of Deauville: "We're delighted with the run, Ryan (Moore) didn't have much to say but we're delighted".

Those who thought there may have been a bit of a fluke in that were put back in their box when she defied a massive penalty to win the Palace House on her return this season.

The most celebrated of Ward's entries could give him an early success.

"He's looking to build up his stable and he was attracted by the prospect of having runners at Royal Ascot this week".