Lady Aurelia workout thrills Ward as King's Stand showdown looms
Lady Aurelia, the outright favourite in places for the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, came through her last serious workout in style at Keeneland on Tuesday.
Trained by Wesley Ward, who has made the royal meeting one of the most important weeks of his year, Lady Aurelia blitzed to victory in last year's Queen Mary Stakes.
The daughter of Scat Daddy was beaten in the Cheveley Park Stakes, but made her first appearance of 2017 a winning one at Keeneland in April.
She is vying with Acapulco - who also won the Queen Mary for Ward in 2015, but is now with Aidan O'Brien - for favouritism in the King's Stand and is a standout 9-2 with Coral and Ladbrokes.
Ward, who has won seven races at Royal Ascot, worked his raiding party on Tuesday with the explosive sprinter going five furlongs on turf.
"She had a great work today," Ward said. "We put her in front, like she usually does in her races, and she just kind of cruised around there."
Lady Aurelia, who will breeze on Monday before heading to Britain on Tuesday, led Commonwealth Cup hope Bound For Nowhere, a 12-1 chance with Paddy Power and Betfair for the meeting's newest race.
Ward also put his juveniles through their paces and maiden winners Fairyland and McErin, who could run in the Albany and Norfolk, worked together, as did Happy Like A Fool, who could give the trainer a third straight win in the Queen Mary, and Windsor Castle-bound Nootka Sound.